Japan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 following a ceremony in Toulouse at Airbus’ delivery centre.
Delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000 not only represents a new aircraft type joining the fleet but also the type labelled as the new flagship and intended to replace the 777s.
Inside The Japan Airlines A350-1000
Japan Airlines‘ A350-1000 comes in four configurations with a sole focus on immersing customers in the elegance of Japanese culture. This should be felt according to the airline through the aesthetics and tranquillity of key cabin features.
JAL says the stylish interior and critical features have been explicitly tailored to the highest quality. Therefore, the company aims to highlight Japan’s beauty and offer the most elevated passenger experience possible.
The A350-1000s features 6 first-class suites with three separate seating modes. This is in the form of a sofa, seat or single/double bed for customers.
Meanwhile, Business Class is also present with 54 seats offering privacy doors. This is a new addition to JAL aircraft as they move towards the next era of inflight offerings.
24 Premium Economy Class seats feature behind Business Class at the back of the cabin Economy Class present. JAL says 155 Economy seats are present to offer more comfort, space and storage in these two classes.
Japan Airlines Planned A350-1000 Network
Recently, Japan Airlines revealed that its first A350-1000 would debut from Tokyo Haneda on January 24, 2024, to New York JFK.
Initially, this service will not operate daily. However, by the end of the 2023 fiscal year, the belief is this can be upgraded.
Away from New York JFK, Dallas Fort Worth has been outlined as the second city within the United States to see the A350-1000. However, this will only be possible when a third unit arrives from the European plane maker.
Japan Airlines & The Airbus A350
Japan Airlines has ordered 31 Airbus A350 aircraft with 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s included as the makeup.
While the first A350-1000 arrives in Tokyo at the end of 2023, the company has been flying the series since 2019.
Deployment of the A350-900 on high-density routes has been critical to the airline’s market success. The A350-1000s capacity increase will prove essential for its long-haul routes.
Additionally, the airline will look to replace its Boeing 777s with the arrival of the A350-1000, giving the new stretched A350 the flagship title.