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JAL unveils Airbus A350 plans
JAL Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000. © Airbus

JAL unveils Airbus A350 plans

Japan Airlines says it plans to introduce its first Airbus aircraft, the A350-900, on its Haneda - Fukuoka route from September 2019.

Japan Airlines says it plans to introduce the Airbus A350-900 on its Haneda - Fukuoka route from September 2019. It will be the first Airbus aircraft to enter service with the Japanese carrier.

JAL signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft in October 2013 — JAL’s first-ever order for Airbus aircraft and the first order Airbus had received from Japan for the A350 XWB.

The carrier said it planned to introduce the A350s over a six-year period, starting in 2019.

JAL says it is also looking to introduce first domestic-configured Boeing 787-8 aircraft on its Haneda - Osaka (Itami) route this year.

Also in 2019, JAL will offer daily flights on its Tokyo (Narita) - Moscow (Domodedovo) service from 31st March 2019. The carrier launched the service to Moscow in 1967 and following the relaxation of visa requirements, the demand for this route has steadily increased over the years.

In other news, JAL Sky Suite-configured aircraft will be introduced on the carrier`s Tokyo (Narita) - Vancouver, Tokyo (Narita) - San Diego and Osaka (Kansai) - Los Angeles routes over the coming year. As a result, JAL’s long-haul routes in North America, Europe and Australia will all feature fully-flat Business Class seats and Sky Wider Economy Class by the summer of 2019.

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