Japan Airlines announces first Airbus A350 route

Japan Airlines is set to receive their first Airbus A350-900 in June, and with parts for this aircraft already arriving at Airbus facilities, the airline has has announced the first route.

From September this year, Japan Airlines will deploy their brand new Airbus A350-900 on its Haneda – Fukuoka route, replacing the Boeing 777-200 that currently operates it.

With their older Boeing 777s nearing the end of their life, Japan Airlines will use the incoming A350s to replace them. Three more A350-900s are expected by the end of the year with the remaining 14 arriving consistently until 2023. Additionally, deliveries for the 13 A350-1000s on order will commence from 2021, joining the A350-900 in replacing parts of their widebody fleet.

Parts for their first A350, MSN 321 – JA01XJ, can be seen arriving here:

The next A350s will be delivered as follows:

  • MSN 333 – JA02XJ
  • MSN 343 – JA03XJ
  • MSN 352 – JA04XJ
  • MSN 370 – JA05XJ

Note the fourth aircraft (MSN 370). There are numerous reports stating JAL will receive an additional four aircraft rather than three. There’s a chance it could be contractually delivered this year and flown away early 2020. This will be confirmed once information is available.

Interested in seeing who else will receive A350s in 2019? Check out this article:

Airlines set to receive Airbus A350s in 2019