After B787, JAL turns to A350
Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL's first ever order for Airbus aircraft. It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB. JAL and Airbus aim to put the airliners into service from 2019. The A350 XWBs will gradually replace JAL's ageing fleet over a six year period.
Over 70% of the A350 XWB's weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. In addition to innovative materials, the A350 XWB brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies and provides significant improvement in fuel efficiency. After the Japanese All Nippon Airways, JAL was the second customer worldwide of the Boeing B787, a comparable aircraft made of composites.