JAL Postpones Launch of Airbus A350-1000 Again, Now Unlikely Before January 8th Next Year

JAL's first Airbus A350-1000

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced a further delay in the inaugural flight of its Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Due to additional work required in some sections of the cabin, the delivery is expected to be delayed, making it difficult to launch the service by January 8th, 2024. The company will determine and announce a new launch date once the delivery schedule is finalized.

The airline had originally planned to start operations in late November but faced delays in receiving the aircraft due to a disruption in the supply chain and late delivery of parts. The first unit completed its maiden flight on October 23rd in Toulouse, France.

The cabin configuration consists of 6 first-class seats, 54 business-class seats, 24 premium economy seats, and 155 economy seats, totalizing 239 seats. The first-class cabin features a ‘1-1-1’ configuration, with each seat having doors, while the business-class showcases a ‘1-2-1’ layout. It introduces the world’s first headset-free, headrest-integrated speakers. The premium economy class has a ‘2-4-2’ layout with the world’s first electronic reclining function for its class. Economy class will have a ‘3-3-3’ formation. All classes are furnished with 4K monitors, offering connectivity to wireless earphones through Bluetooth for in-flight entertainment.

The Airbus A350-1000 is the longest-fuselage model of the A350 series. In a typical three-class configuration, it can accommodate between 350 to 410 seats. By using advanced materials like carbon fiber, the aircraft is lighter, and it boasts a 25% lower fuel consumption than its competitors.

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