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07 October 2013
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A strategic A350 XWB order from Japan Airlines expands Airbus’ presence in the Japanese market

A350-1000 JAL RR
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07 October 2013

A350-1000 JAL RR

The benchmark Japan Airlines purchase agreement with Airbus is for 13 A350-1000s, along with 18 shorter-fuselage A350-900 jetliners

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07 October 2013

A350-900 JAL RR

Japan Airlines became the A350 XWB’s first Japanese customer with a purchase agreement for 31 aircraft – composed of 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s

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07 October 2013

JAL A350-900 A350-1000

Airbus’ A350-900 and A350-1000 will provide new customer Japan Airlines with efficient, next-generation widebody jetliners – planned for service entry with the Japanese carrier from 2019

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08 October 2013

Airbus JAL A350 XWB order ceremony 3

Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki and Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier sign the purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs, plus options on 25 additional next-generation jetliners

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08 October 2013

Airbus JAL A350 XWB order ceremony 2

In an agreement signed by Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki, the Japanese flag carrier placed its first ever direct order with Airbus – involving 31 next-generation A350 XWB aircraft

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20 October 2016

Japan Airlines’ historic A350 XWB order

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier details the milestone first Japanese order for Airbus’ A350 XWB, received from Japan Airlines - which is acquiring 31 of the widebody jetliners. Brégier also underscores the strategic importance of this win a market traditionally dominated by the competition.

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Japan Airlines’ order for 31 A350 XWBs brings the first Japanese carrier into the customer list for this next-generation extra-widebody jetliner, and further expands Airbus’ market presence in the island nation for its jetliner product line.
Today’s announcement of this important booking – involving both the benchmark A350-900 and longer-fuselage A350-1000 versions – makes Japan Airlines the seventh currently-operating Japanese carrier to have chosen Airbus’ family of modern commercial aircraft, joining AirAsia Japan (soon to be re-designated as Vanilla Air), All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan, Peach Aviation, Skymark Airlines and Starflyer.
Airbus aircraft in the region will double during the next five years and the company’s Japanese delivery backlog percentage has tripled from two years ago – representing its growing commercial success in Japan.  
Japanese operators have now selected every Airbus modern widebody jetliner type, with Skymark Airlines acquiring six A380s and arranging the lease of 10 A330s. The single-aisle A320 Family has become a cornerstone in fleets of the country’s low-cost carriers, as highlighted by this year’s 100th delivery of an Airbus aircraft to Japan: an A320 received by JetStar Japan. 
Airbus has fostered strong industrial connections in the region, with Japanese companies such as Bridgestone, Panasonic, Yokogawa Electric and Minebea contributing to all of Airbus’ current production aircraft.  In addition, Toray and Toho Tenax signed a long-term agreement in 2010 to supply carbon fibre for the company’s jetliners.
Japanese partnerships with Airbus range from 17 companies for the double-deck A380, to 12 each for the A320 and A330 families, as well as four for the A350 XWB. 
Airbus also benefits from research and technology cooperation in Japan, including: composite research in partnership with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); and Japan’s Research and Development Institute for Metal and Composites for Future Industries (RIMCOF) – in developing structural health monitoring technology.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft to the Japanese market some three decades ago – an A300 received by TOA Domestic Airlines – and the company established an in-country presence in 2001 with its Airbus Japan operation.
For more:  Airbus and Japan Airlines sign their first ever order press release
A350-1000 JAL RR
 

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