Key Points:

  • Supply chain "disruptions" result in postponed Airbus A350-1000 operations by Japan Airlines.

  • The new A350s will replace Boeing 777-300ERs, featuring changes in seating arrangements and count.

  • Japan Airlines confirmed its dedication to the A350 in May 2021, revealing its role as the new flagship aircraft.

JAL's Commitment to A350 Confirmed with 13 Units and More on Order

TOKYO — Supply chain complications have caused Japan Airlines to delay the introduction of their Airbus A350-1000 operations. The Tokyo-centric airline had initially planned to inaugurate the A350 flights from Tokyo Haneda to New York this November, aligning with the onset of the Northern Winter schedule.

While the launch is now anticipated to happen "before the end of the year," the airline has refrained from committing to a precise date. "The start date for these operations remains fluid, depending on the aircraft's delivery status. We'll offer more specifics regarding the timing and routes once they're finalized," mentioned the airline's spokesperson.

The announcement was made alongside the Oneworld carrier's unveiling of the A350's interior details, showcasing seat configurations for its soon-to-be premiere aircraft, set to succeed its current fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs.

The forthcoming A350-1000s will accommodate 239 passengers across four different classes. This is slightly fewer than the 244 seats found in its 777-300ERs. However, the new aircraft boasts five additional seats in business class and eight more in the economy. Yet, this expansion results in a decrease of 16 seats in premium economy and a minor reduction of two in the first class.

For the manufacturing of its plush seating, JAL has partnered with Safran for the premium-class while Recaro is tapped for the economy. The premier first and business classes will sport private enclosed suites, and the premium economy seating is designed with fixed backs, as described by the airline.

Reiterating its commitment to the Airbus A350, Japan Airlines had first publicized in May 2021 its intent for the aircraft to serve as its primary flagship. This was disclosed in a mid-term corporate update concurrent with its annual fiscal report. Currently, Japan Airlines has secured 13 A350-1000s, with 16 of the slightly smaller -900s already in operation for domestic flights. Additionally, two more units are awaiting delivery.