AirJapan’s Inaugural Aircraft Arrives at Narita Airport: ANA’s 787-8 Converted into a 324-Seat Layout, Set to Launch on February 9

AirJapan's inaugural Boeing 787-8 aircraft

On the morning of January 26, the inaugural aircraft of ‘AirJapan,’ a new medium-haul international brand under ANA Holdings set to launch on February 9, arrived at Narita Airport. This Boeing 787-8 aircraft, registered JA803A, is part of a plan to introduce six 787-8s by the end of fiscal year 2025. The aircraft are being refurbished from ANA’s fleet. The inaugural aircraft, JA803A, underwent modifications at ‘HAECO Xiamen,’ an MRO in Xiamen, China. The ferry flight, designated as NH9412, departed Xiamen around 1:00 AM local time on January 26, and landed at Narita Airport’s Runway B just after 6:00 AM Japan time, arriving at Spot 51 of Terminal 1.

AirJapan aircraft livery

The aircraft livery is white with the brand’s blue and dawn colors adorning the rear. The vertical stabilizer features the brand logo, inspired by the ‘r’ and ‘J’ of ‘AirJapan’ and symbolizing the warmth of interlocking hands.

The cabin is configured entirely in economy class with a ‘3-3-3’ arrangement, totaling 324 seats. The seat pitch offers the same 32 inches (about 81 centimeters) as full-service carrier (FSC) economy classes, and each seat is equipped with USB type-A and type-C charging ports. Though personal monitors are not available, an inflight Wi-Fi system provides video programming, including the latest Hollywood movies, available for passengers to watch on their own smartphones or tablets.

AirJapan, following full-service carrier ANA and low-cost carrier Peach, represents the group’s third brand. Leveraging the business know-how of both FSCs and LCCs, AirJapan aims to provide ‘an entirely new sky experience.’ On February 9, the airline will inaugurate the Tokyo/Narita to Bangkok/Suvarnabhumi route, followed by the Tokyo/Narita to Seoul/Incheon route on the 22nd. Initially, operations will begin with just the single aircraft JA803A, with plans to add two aircraft to the fleet each year thereafter.

Interior of AirJapan Boeing 787-8

AirJapan branding on aircraft

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