The order, which favours the European Airbus over the rival American Boeing Dreamliner, saw JAL signing a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft. JAL and Airbus aim for entry into service from 2019, with the airline’s A350 XWBs gradually replacing its ageing Boeing fleet over a six year period.
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine benefits from a close partnership with Japanese partners Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), IHI Corporation, and Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) as well as other Japanese suppliers.
In a typical three-class layout the A350-900 seats more than 300 passengers on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles. The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB Family, seating 350 passengers on longer missions up to 8,400 nm. All A350 XWB models are equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Almost three quarters of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys.
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