International Business: Airbus delivers first A350 to Japan after landmark deal

SAS Airbus A350-900

SAS Airbus A350-900

In total, the Japanese airline has 31 A350 jets on order, including both A350-900 and A350-1000 variants, to replace older wide-body aircraft.

Japan Airlines' first A350 features a special logo on the fuselage.

The Yomiuri Shimbun The Airbus A350 - the aircraft maker's latest model - arrived at Haneda Airport on Friday morning ahead of its introduction into the Japan Airlines fleet. According to JAL chairman Yoshiharu Ueki, Japan has the third largest domestic market in the world.

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The first commercial flight of the new plane will take to the skies in September.

"The Japanese domestic market is the third biggest in the world". The 18 A350-900s will initially operate on high frequency domestic routes, while the 13 larger A350-1000s will fly on the carrier's long haul global network. At a delivery event held in Toulouse, Ueki did confirm that some of these aircraft would begin operating long-haul routes in 2023.

JAL has configured the newly delivered A350-900 in a three class layout, with 12 seats in first, 94 in business and 263 in economy. JAL plans to gradually include the jet on its main routes.

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