JAL Expands "Sky Manga" Digital Comic Book Content on 787s Flying Int'l Routes

JAL Expands

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Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. (JAL) expanded its lineup of Sky Manga content on August 1. The service allows passengers to read Japanese comics as part of their in-flight entertainment on international routes.

The "world's first" in-flight digital manga service debuted in 2012 in all seating classes on JAL Boeing 787s flying international routes. JAL has offered digital manga published by Shogakukan Inc. on private seat monitors to try and spread the popularity of this typical form of Japanese entertainment worldwide, but in August the airline has added titles from other publishers like Shueisha Inc. and Kodansha Ltd. to meet the diverse needs of its passengers. The additions also include new English translations.

The fresh lineup includes 100 series in Japanese such as "Major," "One Piece" and "Attack on Titan," along with 30 titles in English like "One Piece" and "Dragon Ball." JAL plans to continue altering its lineup every three months.

With the rise of more film adaptations of popular manga as of late, JAL also wants to simultaneously provide digital versions of the original comics along with in-flight screenings of the movies as one original way to further provide new and fun in-flight entertainment.