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JAL introduces new Skysleeper Solo seat on New York-Tokyo flights
January 22, 2002

NEW YORK, January 22, 2002 -- Passengers traveling on Japan Airlines Flights 005 and 006 between New York and Tokyo in the First Class cabin will be treated to an elegant new seat designed by eminent British industrial designer Ross Lovegrove.

Lovegrove says he strove to make his design organic, a "living sculpture" that uses the curves of nature to provide a new level of comfort and space on long flights. The result is a First Class cabin with only 11 private-seating units that have a space-age look but at the same time invite one to curl up and relax completely.

Inside a silver exterior, the seat itself is covered with beige Italian leather from Poltrona Frau, Inc., well known for creating the interiors of luxury cars worldwide. With the touch of a button, located in an easily accessible panel near the armrest, the new seat reclines into a fully flat position, providing 73 inches of space from end to end and an inside seat width of 26 inches. A multi-directional lumbar massage function can be activated to relieve back tension.

Reading lights, set in both sides of the seat frame, provide optimal light without annoying shadows. There is a side table for books, computers, snacks, etc., and two compartments for storing eyeglasses or other small items during the flight. A larger compartment at the base of the seat is a perfect size for shoes or a handbag.

The personal TV, with its wide variety of films, news features, audio programs and games, is controlled by a conveniently placed remote with a telephone built in. (JAL also offers the unique Eye-Trek video system, which is worn like eyeglasses -- perfect for when in a fully reclined position-and creates the sensation of viewing a movie on a 62-inch screen.)

The new Skysleeper Solo is currently on JAL's 747-400 Flights 005 and 006 between New York's Terminal One at JFK and Tokyo's Narita Airport on alternate days; from February 16, it will be available daily. In the future, JAL plans to offer the new seats on its Chicago-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Tokyo and London-Tokyo routes.

Japan Airlines, founded in 1951 and serving North America since 1954, flies the world's largest fleet of 747s. Asia's largest airline, JAL operates to the North American gateways of Vancouver, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Kona.
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