Japan Airlines to purchase 42 new aircraft from Airbus and Boeing

by James Wilkinson

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced it will purchase a total of 21 Airbus A350-900 aircraft and 11 Airbus A321neo aircraft from Airbus, along with 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft, as part of its fleet renewal plan.

On international routes, JAL will introduce an additional 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, currently serving as the backbone of its domestic operations.

Moreover, JAL plans to add 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to its existing fleet of over 50 Boeing 787 series aircraft.

These new aircraft introductions aim to enhance and expand the capacity of JAL’s international operations, with a primary focus on regions such as North America, Asia, and India where future growth is expected.

As of 2030, JAL aims to expand and grow its international network, increasing the combined supply capacity of both full-service carriers and low-cost carriers (LCCs) by approximately 1.4 times, while also accelerating the adoption of the latest fuel-efficient aircraft to provide customers with the best possible service and further reduce CO2 emissions.

The introduction of both aircraft types is planned over a period of approximately six-years, starting in FY2027.