Japan Airlines recently received its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, making it a historic milestone for the airline. The airline has announced the routes, which will witness deployment of the new generation Airbus widebody jet. Lets have a look at the routes.
Japan Airlines first Airbus A350-1000 delivery
On 14th December, Japan Airlines received the delivery of first of the 13 Airbus A350-1000 jets it ordered. The airline placed an order of 31 Airbus A350 aircraft including 18 Airbus A350-900s. First Airbus A350 entered into service with the airline in 2019 and has been operating on domestic routes since then.
The first aircraft is registered as JA01WJ. It conducted first flight on 23 October. It is configured with 6 First class suites, 54 Business class seats, 24 Premium Economy class and 155 Economy class seats. Rolls Royce engines power this aircraft.
First class suites features three modes : sofa, seat and single bed or double bed. Business class has privacy doors. Seats have built in speakers for best sound experience.
Where will A350-1000 operate?
From the cabin configuration, you can easily determine that the aircraft is a premium heavy aircraft and hence, the airline will need to deploy it on routes with higher yields. And guess what, the airline has chosen to do the same. The aircraft will be deployed majorly on routes between Japan and United States of America (USA).
From January 24, 2024, the airline will deploy the new Airbus A350-1000 on Tokyo Haneda to New York JFK route. Initially, this aircraft will be deployed on JL005/JL006 frequency. One aircraft can not operate daily flights on this long haul route. Hence, initially, the airline will use the Airbus A350-1000 on alternate days.
For daily flights, the airline will use its second Airbus A350-1000, which is bound to be delivered by March 2024 end. With this delivery, Japan Airlines will be operating daily Airbus A350-1000 flights between Haneda and JFK.
The 3rd Airbus A350 will be used to operate Tokyo Haneda to Dallas Fort Worth route. Currently, Japan Airlines is using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on all above stated routes. Sale on Haneda-JFK route went live on December 11.
Replacing the Boeing 777s
The airline currently operates all routes between Japan and USA with Boeing widebodies. Osaka to Los Angeles route is operated using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Rest of the routes are operated using the Boeing 777-300ER jet. Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER jet features 8 First Class, 49 business Class, 40 Premium Economy Class and 147 Economy Class seats.
JAL plans to replace its fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs with new A350-1000 international aircraft, which combines comfort and the most recent environmental performance, in an effort to improve customer satisfaction and work towards a sustainable future.
Customers flying on Japan Airlines’ new A350-1000 aircraft will have access to brand-new interiors that offer a cozy and quiet passenger environment. Additionally, compared to earlier aircraft models, the environmentally friendly aircraft delivers better fuel efficiency and lower noise levels. The most recent fuel-efficient machinery allows for a 15–25% decrease in CO2 emissions. In addition, JAL intends to replace 1% of the fuel on board on flights to Japan with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in order to further minimize environmental effect and cut CO2 emissions in keeping with the expansion of the A350-1000 fleet.