JAL takes delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB

First Airbus aircraft that JAL has ever had

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse in May.

The delivery is not just JAL’s first A350 – it is JAL’s first ever Airbus aircraft.

Altogether, JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s.

JAL will initially operate the A350-900 on high frequency domestic routes, while the larger A350-1000 will fly on the carrier’s long haul international network.

The first aircraft will enter service on the airline’s Haneda – Fukuoka route at the start of September.


JAL’s A350-900 is configured in a three class layout, with 12 seats in First Class, 94 in Class J  and 263 in Comfort Economy.

The A350 XWB offers operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km). It features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines.

At the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

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)

Alliance: oneworld

N.B. Image credit: Airbus

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