Japan Airlines’ first Airbus A350-1000 has completed its first flight in preparation for an upcoming delivery.
The Airbus A350-1000 At Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines is looking to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 by the end of the year for deployment across international services.
Initially, the type was scheduled to be delivered in November; however, there was a delay due to supply chain issues.
Once familiarisation occurs, the airline hopes to deploy the aircraft from Tokyo Haneda towards New York JFK.
Introduction And Replacement Plans
Japan Airlines has commitments for 13 Airbus A350-1000s at this point. The expectation is that once introduced, it’ll become a flagship.
With 13 total units, Japan Airlines will likely look towards replacing the existing Boeing 777-300ER fleet, which currently has 13 units as well.
Thus, acquiring 13 A350-1000s means a one-for-one replacement is more than possible.
By the end of 2028, Japan Airlines should have all Airbus A350-1000s delivered, with a staggering progression of units arriving on Japanese shores in the next few years.
Looking Inside The A350-1000
Japan Airlines unveiled its new First and Business Class suites to feature on the Airbus A350-1000 this October.
The unveiling is part of a broader goal to enhance the overall customer experience when the A350-1000 enters service.
Inside, the aircraft will be configured to have 239 seats. This will include six first-class suites, 54 business class seats, 24 premium economy and 155 in economy.