JAL Announces Boeing 787 Orders

JAL 787 8Boeing and Japan Airlines (JAL) have announced an order for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The order, which was previously listed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer, is valued at more than $900 million at current list prices and will expand JAL’s Dreamliner fleet to 49 aircraft.
“This order for additional 787 Dreamliners, is a key part of our strategy as we look to bolster our existing route network and strengthen our position ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “The superior noise performance of the 787 will play a critical role in meeting our commitment for quieter operations within our domestic network going forward.”
Japan Airlines currently operates 34 Dreamliners which is the second largest 787 fleet in the world. The carrier is expected to receive its 35th Dreamliner, a 787-9 later this week. With this new order, Japan Airlines’ 787 fleet include 29 787-8s and 20 787-9 airliners.
In 2012, JAL became the first airline to take delivery of a 787 powered by General Electric GEnx engines, and was one of the first airlines to launch new routes with the 787, as it satrted its Boston and San Diego routes with the Dreamliner that same year.
Boeing says the 787 Dreamliner family is being operated on more than 530 routes, with 150 brand new nonstop routes planned or in service since the airliner entered commercial service in 2011. To date, 69 customers have placed orders for 1,278 aircraft, making the 787 Dreamliner the fastest selling twin-aisle airliner in Boeing history.