Japan Airlines is readying for the arrival of its Airbus A350-1000 by announcing the first routes and a date for commencement.
New York JFK To Welcome A350-1000
From January 24, 2024, Japan Airlines will introduce the Airbus A350-1000 on service from Tokyo Haneda to New York JFK.
By the end of the 2023 fiscal year, the airline believes it can scale upwards to a daily service with the aircraft.
The service will operate as JL6 and JL7. It’s expected the first aircraft will power the initial route. However, JAL says a second A350-1000 will arrive by the end of March 2024, relieving pressure on the initial type.
Away from service to New York JFK, Japan Airlines has identified Dallas-Fort Worth as the secondary city it’ll serve with the A350-1000.
Marking the second city within the U.S. to see the A350-1000 indicates the planned operation with the new widebody. Additionally, it highlights the robust capabilities of the series for JAL in serving new markets with more capacity.
Japan Airlines notes that service towards Dallas-Fort Worth will only commence once a third A350-1000 is delivered. The focus will strictly be on service between Tokyo Haneda and New York JFK.
Examining the A350-1000 At Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines first A350-1000 completed its maiden flight in October as the planemaker and airline geared up for delivery.
Currently, a commitment for 13 A350-1000 exists with the expectation that the type will replace the 777-300ER as a like-for-like replacement.
Data indicates the airline flies 13 777-300ERs; thus, it’s a perfect replacement with 13 A350-1000s on order. In the future, the expectation is that the A350-1000 will become the flagship aircraft for the Japanese carrier.
All deliveries for the A350-1000 are expected to have occurred by 2028 as the series drives expansion alongside fleet renewal.
Alongside a first flight of the A350-1000 in October, the airline revealed the new First and Business class suites slated to feature on the type.
Japan Airlines says that all cabin classes have been carefully designed and selected. The company wants to immerse future customers in the elegance of Japanese culture.
First Class will feature six suites with state-of-the-art features to create a unique environment. For the first time, privacy doors will enter a Japan Airlines cabin alongside a seat with three seating modes.
The business class will feature 54 seats, an increase from the previous aircraft. The additional capacity of the A350-1000 makes possible more flexibility when designing the cabin.
Premium Economy and Standard Economy make up the final two cabin classes provided by the airline on the series. This means that their Airbus A350-1000s will come with four classes for JAL.
The Current Japan Airlines Fleet
Japan Airlines has a fleet comprising 143 in-service aircraft, with data indicating 2 remain in storage.
The most significant fleet type, measured by active units, is the 737-800, where 42 units fly. This is followed by 26 767-300ERs, which remain a pivotal part of the group’s network. The addition in 2024 of freighter 767s will also aid them substantially.
Currently, the airline has a strong relationship with the 787, with two variants operating. A total of 24 787-8s are presently operational, and 22 787-9s follow this. However, if measured by units as a series, the 787 takes the crown with 46.