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Japan Airlines Places Major Airbus and Boeing Aircraft Order

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Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today, March 21, that it placed 42 orders with Airbus and Boeing for narrow and widebody aircraft. This new aircraft order aims to expand Japan Airlines’ fleet and increase its presence in both domestic and international destinations.

There is a lot of news to cover, so let’s dive right into it!

JAL Orders More Aircraft From Airbus and Boeing

Japan Airlines has placed an order for a total of 42 aircraft, which includes a combination of narrow-body and wide-body jets.

Here’s a breakdown of the order, which includes planes manufactured by Airbus and Boeing:

  • 21 Airbus A350-900
  • 11 Airbus A321neo
  • 10 Boeing 787-9

The airline states that this order is part of its strategic plan to strengthen and broaden JAL’s international operations, with a particular emphasis on regions like North America, Asia, and India that are projected to experience significant growth in the future. The airline has set ambitious goals to expand its international network by 2030 significantly.

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Regarding international operations, the airline is expanding its fleet by ordering 21 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. In addition to their current fleet of 50 Boeing 787-9 planes, JAL will add 10 more Boeing 787-9 planes, expanding their wide-body fleet of 787-9’s to 60 with this order.

By adding these new aircraft, it is evident that JAL is taking a calculated risk to greatly expand its international capacity.

For its domestic and short-haul international network, JAL will add 11 narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft to its fleet. This represents the entry of a brand new aircraft for the airline, set to make its debut starting in 2028. The airline intends to utilize these narrowbody jets on routes with significant domestic and short-haul international demand, including flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

Hot Tip:

Passengers flying to Japan with JAL are in for a delightful experience, thanks to the airline’s top-notch service, delectable food options, and comfortable seats. Check out our definitive guide to Japan Airlines’ direct routes from the U.S.

Final Thoughts

Japan Airlines has placed a sizable order with Airbus and Boeing for both narrow-body and wide-body aircraft. The airline’s objective of increasing its international capacity by 2030 will be strengthened by these aircraft, which will also support JAL’s domestic and short-haul operations.

As the demand for flights rises over the next several years, the airline is well-positioned to sustain and expand its network thanks to its 42 aircraft awaiting delivery.

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Juan has extensive experience in writing and editing content related to credit cards, loyalty programs, and travel. He has been honing his expertise in this field for over a decade. His work has been featured in various prestigious publications, such as USA Today, CNN Underscored, Forbes and The Points Guy. Juan is the visionary behind JetBetter, a premier award booking concierge service.


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