Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Japan Airlines mulls more A350s as it adds India, America routes

Tokyo: Japan Airlines Co, which bought its first Airbus SE planes four years ago, is considering adding to its pending order of wide-body A350s as it seeks to increase routes to India and North America.

The carrier has ordered 31 A350s scheduled for delivery starting 2019 and has options to buy 25 more. Japan Airlines may use some of these options to boost capacity for international growth, President Yoshiharu Ueki said in an interview in Tokyo on Sept 28, without specifying a possible number of extra planes.

Japan Airlines is beefing up its fleet in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and is trying to secure more take-off and landing slots at the city's Haneda airport in the same year, Mr Ueki said.

The carrier, which ordered four more Boeing Co 787 Dreamliners last month, has signed an agreement for code-sharing with Vistara in India, forecast to overtake the UK as the third-largest aviation market in 2025.
03/10/17 Business Times