TOKYO- The Japanese flag carrier, Japan Airlines (JL), has successfully completed the maiden flight of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft by deploying it on the New York (JFK)-Tokyo Haneda (HND) route.
Furthermore, JAL is set to acquire its second aircraft by the conclusion of Fiscal Year 2023 (March 31, 2024). This will enable the commencement of daily A350-1000 operations on identical flights.
Japan Airlines A350-1000 Inaugural Flight
The airline accomplished its inaugural revenue Airbus A350-1000 service on January 24th. Flight JL06 took off from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) at 11:40 and landed at New York JFK Airport (JFK) at 09:31 local time.
This significant flight milestone occurred over four years after JAL initially introduced the smaller A350-900 variant in 2019.
Subsequently, as per FlightRadar24 data, the return flight JL05 took off from JFK at around 6:25 PM UTC and landed safely at HND at around 8:16 AM UTC. The flight covered 10,899 Kilometers in 13 hours and 51 minutes.
The JL took delivery of the first A350-1000 aircraft on December 11, 2023, and has the registration JA01WJ. According to the ch-aviation fleet analysis, the aircraft is powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines.
Configured with four classes, JAL’s A350 promises a luxurious travel experience. The First Class boasts six Suites, each offering three modes: sofa, seat, and the option of a single or double bed. The Business Class also provides Suites featuring 54 seats equipped with privacy doors. The Premium Economy Class (24 seats) and Economy Class (155 seats) offer enhanced personal space and comfort within their respective categories.
Brand New Interiors
Japan Airlines’ new A350-1000 aircraft introduces passengers to completely redesigned cabin interiors, ensuring a comfortable and serene travel environment.
Notably eco-friendly, this aircraft boasts enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced noise levels in comparison to its predecessors in the international aircraft category. Operating this latest fuel-efficient technology facilitates a noteworthy reduction of 15-25% in CO2 emissions.
Aligned with the expansion of the A350-1000 fleet, Japan Airlines aims to make a positive environmental impact by replacing an amount equivalent to 1% of the onboard fuel with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on flights bound for Japan. This initiative is geared towards further mitigating CO2 emissions and minimizing the airline’s overall environmental footprint.
In its commitment to both customer satisfaction and a sustainable future, JAL plans to phase out its Boeing 777-300ER fleet, replacing them with the new A350-1000 international aircraft. This transition not only emphasizes passenger comfort but also aligns with the latest advancements in environmental performance.
With 13 A350-1000s on order, Japan Airlines is dedicated to embracing these more advanced and environmentally friendly aircraft as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
The airline’s second A350-1000, registered as JA02WJ, embarked on a 12-hour journey from Toulouse to Haneda Airport on January 13th.
Upon receiving its third A350-1000 aircraft, the airline plans to introduce this model on the route to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). However, the specific timing for this deployment has not been disclosed.
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