JAL A321neo and A350

Japan Airlines places first order for Airbus A321neo

The Japanese carrier also increased orders for A350 and Boeing 787 widebodies by a total of 42 new aircraft

Japan Airlines will be the newest customer for the A321neo, the world’s best-selling single-aisle jet. The Japanese carrier announced on Thursday in Tokyo during a board meeting a plan to acquire 42 new aircraft.

In addition to 11 A321neo, JAL increased orders for A350 widebodies by 21 aircraft and Boeing 787-9, with 10 extra jets.

With the new additions, the A350-900 fleet will increase from 17 to 38 aircraft, and the Boeing 787, to 60 aircraft.

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On domestic routes, the airline, which had already ordered 21 Boeing 737 MAX 8, decided to replace its Boeing 767s with the 11 A321neo that will be delivered from 2028.

Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 JA13XJ registration
Japan Airlines Airbus A350-900 JA13XJ registration (Steven Byles)

Aircraft to replace the A350 destroyed in January

JAL revealed that the order for 21 A350-900s includes an extra aircraft in domestic configuration that will replace the jet registration JA13XJ, which was destroyed after a collision with a Dash 8 during landing at Haneda Airport on January 2.

The aircraft was the first total loss of an A350 to date, but despite the severity of the accident, there were no serious injuries among the 379 passengers and crew.


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