Toulouse - The final assembly of the first Airbus A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) began at the A350 FAL in Toulouse, France.
After this episode, Japan Airlines' first A350 XWB will go to the next assembly line for the installation of wings and ground tests of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems.
The Japanese carrier has 31 Airbus A350 XWB in its order book with Airbus (18 A350-900 and 13 A350-1000). This is JAL's first order placed for an Airbus model. The first A350-900 of the airline is scheduled for delivery in mid-2019. After the first delivery, the company expects to receive three copies more by the end of the year.
JAL plans to deploy its A350s on its main domestic routes, from September, and then on the international routes. Carrier's new A350-900s will replace the ageing widebodies serving on these routes. The A350-1000s are scheduled to join the airline's fleet from 2021.
To date, Airbus's A350XWB series has accumulated 894 firm orders from 48 customers worldwide.