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JAL’s Flagship A350-1000s Will Fly to Dallas/Fort Worth Next Year
Flights on JAL's new A350-1000 from Haneda to New York-JFK will start on January 24, while DFW will start in late 2024.
Japan Airlines has confirmed details of the first routes to be operated by its brand-new A350-1000s. Flights from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to New York-JFK will see the new aircraft from January 24 next year, while a second route, from Haneda to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), will see the type in late 2024. Tickets for Haneda to JFK are already on sale.
Japan Airlines, commonly known as JAL, is expected to take delivery of its first A350-1000 this week. The aircraft will feature brand new seat designs across all cabins and represent a step-up of the JAL long-haul products. The airline already operates a fleet of 16 A350-900s, though they are deployed on domestic routes in a high-density configuration.
A total of 13 A350-1000s are expected to join JAL’s long-haul fleet, eventually replacing the 13 777-300ERs that it currently operates on its flagship routes. The second aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2024 and a third will be delivered later in the new year.
Brand New Cabin
The new aircraft represents a huge improvement in JAL’s business and first class offering. The business class cabin will feature 54 seats and offer private suites with individual doors. The must-haves nowadays such as lie-flat seating, direct aisle access, and wireless charging are also available.
The first class will be in a 1-1-1 configuration, with a total of six seats rather than the eight JAL had on its existing 777-300ERs. The wide sofa seat can turn into a double bed. The A350-1000 will eventually become the only aircraft where JAL offers a first class product.
Where Else After JFK and Dallas?
As mentioned, the first route will be from Haneda to New York JFK from January 24 next year.
The third A350-1000 will be placed on the Dallas/Fort Worth route, therefore the route won’t see a daily A350, rather it will be operated in conjecture with the 777s. The airline now only has a fleet of the 777-300ER variant as it retired its last 777-200 last month.
Currently, JAL’s 13-strong 777-300ER fleet operates mainly long-haul routes to the U.S. and Europe, and exclusively out of Haneda airport. In Winter 2023, the type operates both daily flights to New York-JFK, the single daily flights to DFW and to Los Angeles.
To Europe and Asia, the 777-300ERs fly once a day to both Paris and London Heathrow, and one of the two daily flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. The 777-300ER has also operated flights to San Francisco during certain months and also to Chicago O’Hare.
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