The first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse.
The A350-900 is the first aircraft to be produced by Airbus for the airline and features a special A350 logo on the fuselage.
The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, including cabin completion, as well as further ground and flight tests leading to customer acceptance and delivery.
JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s.
The A350-900 will initially be operated by JAL on major domestic routes, with a three-class configuration seating 369 passengers.
First Class has 12 seats in 2-2-2 layout. Class J has 94 seats in 2-4-2 layout. Economy gets 263 in a 3-3-3 layout.
JAL will start operating the Airbus A350-900 aircraft on September 1, 2019 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka airport.
Airbus says the A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and eco-efficient aircraft family. The A350 XWB brings a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions and features the Airspace by Airbus cabin for a most comfortable flying experience.
At the end of April 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide.
About Japan Airlines (JL)
Japan Airlines is the second largest airline in Japan after All Nippon Airways. It is headquartered in Tokyo.
Routes: JAL flies to 52 countries and covers all continents.
Fleet: JAL operates 167 aircraft, comprising:
- 42 Boeing 787 (-8,-9)
- 40 Boeing 777 (-200,-300)
- 35 Boeing 767 (-300)
- 50 Boeing 737 (-800)
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