Tokyo, Japan - Japanese flag carrier JAL has received its first Airbus A350-900, which is also the very first Airbus aircraft for the all-Boeing airline.
On June 14, Japan Airlines received the first of eighteen A350-900 ordered in 2013. The aircraft is configured for the domestic network of the airline. It will accommodate 12 passengers in First Class, 94 in Business Class and 263 in Economy Class, 369 seats in total. With this delivery, JAL also becomes the launch operator of the type in Japan.
In April, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation, and Tourism (MLITT) of Japan issued the type certification for the Airbus A350 allowing the carrier to operate the aircraft in Japan.
The aircraft registered JA01XJ has a special livery featuring the Airbus A350-900 brand on it. The second and third planes will also receive the same livery in different colors (silver and green). The aircraft used a fuel mixture of traditional kerosene and synthetic fuel to reduce its carbon footprint during the ferry flight from Toulouse to Tokyo-Haneda.
JAL will deploy its Airbus A350 on Tokyo - Fukuoka route from September 1st with three daily rotations.
The Japanese carrier also expects to take delivery of thirteen Airbus A350-1000, the elongated variant of the A350XWB family. JAL will deploy its A350-1000s on its international routes, according to Airbus.
The European aircraft manufacturer has so far accumulated 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide for the widebodies of A350XWB family. The A350-900 of Japan Airlines is the 282nd Airbus A350XWB delivered since the program launch and the 47th this year.
In addition to the Airbus A350s, JAL also has 32 MRJ jet on order with the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.