In a ceremony in Toulouse, France, Japan Airlines took delivery of an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, marking the return of an Airbus-manufactured plane to the fleet of the Japanese flag carrier. The airline ordered 31 of the type.
Yoshiharu Ueki, JAL’s representative director and chairman, and Christian Scherer, Airbus’ chief commercial officer, attended the ceremony.
While the company previously flew A300 aircraft, in recent years its long-haul fleet has included Boeing jets only. Therefore, this delivery marks a pivotal moment for the Airbus-Boeing rivalry.
For the first phase of its A350 commercial service, JAL will deploy the aircraft on flights between Tokyo-Haneda and Fukuoka. The airline opted to configure the plane with 12 first class, 94 business class, and 263 economy class seats.