ISTANBUL, TURKEY — Japan Airlines targets fleet expansion: Airbus A321neo and Boeing 787 in consideration.

Japan Airlines (JAL) is reportedly considering the acquisition of two types of aircraft - the Airbus A321neo and the Boeing 787 - to modernize and expand its fleet, according to Bloomberg, citing anonymous sources. 

The orders could potentially be placed at the Paris Airshow scheduled this month. The airline seeks to retire its older Boeing 767, 777, and 737 aircraft.

As per the data from Boeing Orders and Deliveries up until April 30, 2023, JAL has taken delivery of 52 Boeing 787-8 and 787-9s since the initial delivery in March 2012. Its low-cost offshoot, ZIPAIR, operates a fleet of six 787-8 aircraft.

In March 2023, JAL placed an order for 21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, set to begin delivery in 2026.

In 2022, JAL only added two Airbus A350-900s to its fleet, and thus far in 2023, the airline has not received any new planes from either Airbus or Boeing.

JAL has an outstanding order of 15 Airbus A350s, including two A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s.

Meanwhile, Japan's airline operator, All Nippon Airways (ANA), has also signaled a potential order to be placed during the Paris Airshow. Speaking at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Istanbul, Turkey, ANA's CEO, Shinichi Inoue, expressed interest in expanding its Boeing 787 fleet.

Inoue emphasized the importance of incorporating more fuel-efficient aircraft such as the 787 in the future. ANA was the launch customer for the Boeing 787, having received the first 787-8 in September 2011. It also operated the first commercial flight using a Boeing 787 on October 26, 2011.