Japan Airlines (JAL) placed its first ever order with Airbus
, a firm $9.5 billion purchase agreement to acquire 31 A350 XWBs, with options to purchase another
25 aircraft, the European airframe manufacturer said Monday.
(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. Photo, courtesy of Airbus.
The order includes 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s, with both companies targeting a 2019 entry into service for JAL's first A350 XWB. Airbus completed the first test flight with its newest wide-body jet earlier this year, which is scheduled to enter service in 2014 with launch airline Qatar Airways.
The airline will use the A350s to replace its fleet of Boeing
777s. Earlier this year, JAL incurred problems with the lithium-ion battery systems on
Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus, said he believes the new order is the start to a "bright and flourishing" future for his company and JAL.