Japan Airlines(JAL) has signed a agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), and they also additionally ordered for further 25 aircraft.
This is the first time JAL has order for Airbus aircraft. The Airbus Aircraft is confirming its continuing success with world leading airlines across the globe.
JAL and Airbus aim for introducing service from 2019, with approximately over six years period the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing fleet.
President of Japan Airlines, Yoshiharu Ueki said “We will utilize the A350 XWB to maximum, which offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while positively catering to new business opportunities after slots at airports in Tokyo are increased”.
“In addition to increase the profitability of the advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparallel services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.”
Excellent Flight Experience
Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus said "Japan Airlines is well known as one of the most preferred airlines in the world providing its passengers with an excellent flight experience. We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB.” This will provide a bright future for both of us, JAL and Airbus.
The A350 XWB MSN1 has completed the test for 300 flights by 2,500 hours which will achieve for five flight test A350’s over the next 12 months. The commercial Service of the A350-900 is scheduled for the second half of 2014.With this latest commitment, 38 customers worldwide has order for Airbus; it is recorded more than 750 firm order for the A350 XWB.