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The A350-900 (left) seats more than 300 passengers in a three-class layout on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles (nm), whilst the A350-1000 seats 350 passengers on even longer journeys of up to 8,400 nm.
KUALA LUMPUR: Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), with options for a further 25 aircraft.
The deal is apparently JAL’s first ever order of Airbus aircraft, and Airbus’s first Japan order for the A350 XWB. No figures were released, however, as to how much the deal was worth.
JAL and Airbus said they were aiming for entry into service for the new planes from 2019, with the A350 XWBs gradually replacing the airline’s ageing fleet over a six-year period.
“We will utilise to the maximum the A350 XWB, which offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while positively catering to new business opportunities after slots at airports in Tokyo are increased,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines.
Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus: "Japan Airlines is well known as one of the most preferred airlines in the world providing its passengers with an excellent flight experience. We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honoured by this first ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB.”
The A350-900 seats more than 300 passengers in a three-class layout on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles (nm), whilst the A350-1000 seats 350 passengers on even longer journeys of up to 8,400 nm. All A350 XWB models are equipped with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
The specifications for the A350 XWB state that over 70% of its airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The A350 XWB also brings boasts the latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies, promising significant improvement in fuel efficiency.
To date, the A350 XWB MSN1 has completed around 300 flight test hours out of the campaign’s total 2,500 hours which are to be achieved by five flight test A350s over the next 12 months. Entry into commercial service of the A350-900 is scheduled for the second half of 2014.
“With this latest commitment, Airbus has recorded more than 750 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 38 customers worldwide,” the aircraft manufacturer said.
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