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Monday 25 March 2024

Asian airlines place major aircraft order

Two leading Asian air carriers have confirmed big aircraft orders over the past week, signalling growing confidence in the sector.

Japan Airlines has signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to refresh its long-haul fleet,
Travel Mole reports.

JAL is ordering 21 Airbus A350-900 jets and 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

It also ordered 11 Airbus A321neos - a very uncomfortable plane for anything other than short-haul flights. It is a new aircraft model for the airline.

The airline will deploy most of the new A350s on international routes.

Deliveries for the A350s and the Dreamliners are expected to begin in 2027, while JAL will start receiving the Airbus A321neos in 2028.

National flag carrier Korean Air, meanwhile, has ordered 33 Airbus A350s, comprising 27 of the largest version of the aircraft - the A350-1000 and six A350-900s.

These will refresh its long-haul fleet as it gradually retires older jets including Boeing 777s.


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