JAL Unveils New International Flagship Airbus A350-1000, Set for Inaugural Flight in January 2024 to Replace Boeing 777-300ER

Japan Airlines' new Airbus A350-1000

Japan Airlines (JAL) revealed its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft (registration number: JA01WJ) to the public on December 13th local time at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France. This aircraft is set to replace the current Boeing 777-300ER, introduced in July 2004, and will begin flying the Tokyo/Haneda to New York route on January 24, 2024, as the new international flagship.

The Airbus A350-1000 is a stretch version of the A350 series with a total length of 73.8 meters, approximately 7 meters longer than the domestically operated A350-900. While the first A350-900 (registration number: JA01XJ) featured a special livery called ‘Challenge Red,’ the first A350-1000 has been delivered with the standard paint scheme.

The cabin configuration consists of 6 First Class seats, 54 Business Class seats, 24 Premium Economy seats, and 155 Economy seats, with a total of 239 seats. Compared to the current flagship Boeing 777-300ER, the new model has 5 more Business Class seats and 8 more Economy seats, while having 2 fewer First Class seats and 16 fewer Premium Economy seats.

The seating arrangement for each class is as follows: First Class is in a ‘1-1-1’ configuration, Business Class in a ‘1-2-1’ layout, Premium Economy in a ‘2-4-2’ setup, and Economy Class in a ‘3-3-3’ arrangement. Both First Class and Business Class feature suites with doors, a first for JAL. The In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system introduces 4K resolution monitors in all classes and has Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones.

Initially, the A350-1000 will operate on alternate days on the Tokyo/Haneda to New York route. JAL plans to include the second and third aircraft later in the fiscal year, with daily operations on the same route once the second aircraft is introduced. After receiving the third aircraft, the plan is to also deploy it on the Tokyo/Haneda to Dallas/Fort Worth route.

JAL has ordered 13 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The inaugural flight of the first aircraft was initially scheduled for late November but was postponed twice due to delays in manufacturing caused by supply chain disruptions.

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 Business Class

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 Premium Economy Class

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 Economy Class

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 First Class

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 Business Class

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 Premium Economy Class

Japan Airlines' Airbus A350-1000 Economy Class

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