JAL Bringing World's 1st "Sky Manga" on Int'l Flights for All Seat Classes on Boeing 787

JAL Bringing World's 1st

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Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. (JAL) will begin providing "Sky Manga," the world's first in-flight manga (Japanese comics) browsing service, on its Boeing 787s that are scheduled to fly on international routes starting in March 2012.

The in-flight entertainment will be provided courtesy of publisher Shogakukan Inc., headquartered in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. Seats in all classes will have their own monitors that passengers will be able to use for browsing a total of 90 volumes from 30 manga titles including Tsuribaka Nisshi (meaning "Fishing Fool's Diary"), Gaku ("Peak"), Major, Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori (translated into English as "Red River") and Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu ("I Give My First Love to You"). JAL will renew the lineup of available titles every few months.

Introducing the new service will "respond to customer demand for diverse in-flight entertainment while also showing the world the Japanese art form we call manga," said a JAL spokesperson.

JAL has ordered 35 of the 787 aircraft, which the airline will place on international routes including those connecting Narita with Boston, Moscow and Delhi and connecting Haneda with Beijing.