Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines may order more Boeing 787s, Korean Air eyeing 20 A350s

New orders from Asian carriers expected after Thai Airways closes deal for up to 80 Dreamliner widebodies

Orders for widebodies by Asian airlines continue to expand and at least two agreements are close to being announced, according to news agencies.

Korean Air could reveal an order for 20 Airbus A350s at any time, Bloomberg said on Monday. The agreement would depend on a meeting of the company’s board on March 21st.

Although it is an Airbus customer, with A330 and A380 jets in its fleet, Korean Air has several Boeing 777 and 787 in service.

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The option for the A350 could serve as a replacement for the A330-300, which has been in service for almost 20 years.

JAL with more Boeing 787

Another major Asian carrier, Japan Airlines would be close to a agreement for two dozen widebodies with Boeing and Airbus, according to Reuters.

Korean Air Airbus A330-300
Korean Air Airbus A330-300 (byeangel)

The 787 Dreamliner is expected to take a large part of the orders, according to sources at the outlet. JAL flies 45 787 widebodies of the 787-8 and 787-9 variants, but has reinforced its fleet with the Airbus A350.

After introducing the first A350-900 in 2019, Japan Airlines received the A350-1000 at the end of December.

The market for long-range aircraft in Asia-Pacific is buoyant as demand for air travel returns. Thai Airways, for example, announced an order for up to 80 787 Dreamliner jets during the Singapore Airshow in February.


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