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First Airbus A350-900 of Japan Airlines makes maiden flight

Toulouse, France - The first Airbus A350-900 for Japan Airlines, also the first Airbus aircraft ever for the Japanese airline, made a successful maiden flight.

The aircraft took off from the Airbus's Toulouse facilities yesterday (May 16) and carried out a five hour test flight with success.

JAL has in total 31 Airbus A350 (18 A350-900 and 13 A350-1000) in its order book with the European aircraft manufacturer. The first -900 variant of the company is configured to accommodate 369 passengers - 12 in First, 94 in Business and 263 in Economy Class.

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The very first Airbus jet of the Japanese flag carrier will initially be deployed on a domestic route between Tokyo Haneda and Fukuoka from September.

The company will use some of the A350s on its long-haul routes. They will get a different configuration with fewer seats on board.

JAL is currently an all-Boeing operator with 50 Boeing 737, 35 Boeing 767, 40 Boeing 777 and 42 787 in its fleet.

In the past, the company had also operated various McDonnell Douglas variants and Airbus A300s. The latter aircraft were taken over after the merger with Japan Air System.