How To Identify A SkySuite Equipped JAL 787

JAL offers several great flight options from the US to Tokyo (HND/NRT) and Osaka (KIX). JAL flies 787-8 and 9’s as well as 777-300ERs on the route. While all of JAL’s 777-300ERs are equipped with their new SkySuite business class seats, not all of their 787-8’s are equipped with it. Instead, some of JAL’s 787-8’s are equipped with JAL’s outdated pod-style angle lie flat business seat. Luckily there is an easy way you can tell if you are on a SkySuite equipped 787-8/9.

JAL flies both 787-8 and 787-9’s to and from the US. All of JAL’s 787-9’s are equipped with 44 of their fantastic new SkySuite business class seats. The SkySuites are open suites with fully lie flat seats featuring 74″ of pitch and 25.5″ of width.


All of the SkySuite seats offer direct aisle access, a 23″ LCD monitor with a large array of entertainment options and a retractable privacy partition so you can talk with your neighbor if you would like.




I recently flew JAL’s First Class product (which was fantastic) and had a chance to check out the SkySuites on the 777-300ERs and they both looked great and were very comfortable. I will be booking a SkySuite flight shortly to do a review of it.

Unfortunately, JAL does fly some 787-8’s equipped with their old (and outdated) pod style angle lie flat business seats.

JL Shell 1

JL Shell 2

JL Shell 3

As you can see, the fully lie flat SkySuite seats look like a much much better way to spend 10+ hours!

So how can you tell whether you are on a 787-8 equipped with the SkySuite business class seats or the pod style business class seats? It is actually surprisingly easy. Due to the staggered nature of the SkySuites along the windows to allow for full aisle access for all seats, there is an offset which causes there to be only middle seats in row 10 of the cabin.


When you look at row 1o on the 787-8, if you do not see seats at 10 A, C, H and K, then you have a SkySuite configured 787-8.

JL Seats

If you do see seats at 10 A, C, H and K, then you are on a pod style equipped 787-8.

JL Seats 2

And it is that easy!

Final Thoughts

While I have only seen pod style 787-8’s on the DFW-NRT route, it is still worth double checking before you book your flights to make sure you are on a SkySuite equipped 787-8/9.

Have any of you been stuck with the pod style business class seat when you thought you were going to be flying a SkySuite equipped 787?

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