EADS (EADSY) announced that Japan Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs, plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL's first ever order for Airbus aircraft. It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing fleet approximately over a six year period. Boeing (BA) said in an email to Bloomberg to its disappointed with JAL's selection of Airbus.
- Japan Airlines