Japan Airlines (JAL) has placed an order for 31 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. This is the first-ever order for Airbus aircraft by the airline.
The order comprises 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s aircraft. JAL’s purchase agreement with Airbus also includes options for a further 25 airplanes.
JAL is planning to introduce the new aircraft into service beginning in 2019, with the A350 XWBs gradually replacing its existing aircraft over a six year period.
The under-development A350 family of aircraft are direct competitors to Boeing’s Dreamliner family of aircraft.
The A350-900 seats more than 300 passengers on routes of up to 8,100 nautical miles. The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB family and seats 350 passengers on routes of up to 8,400 nautical miles.
The first A350-900 is expected to enter service in second half of 2014.