25 SEPTEMBER 2017
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Boeing strengthened its position in the Far East market last week with a joint announcement with Japan Air Lines of an order for four B787-8 Dreamliners. Valued at $900m-plus, the order takes the JAL B787 fleet to 49 aircraft.
JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki said the order was a key part of the airline’s strategy as it looked to bolster its existing route network and strengthen its market position ahead of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
He added that the “superior noise performance” of the B787 would also play a critical role in meeting the airline’s commitment for quieter operations within its domestic network.
JAL already operates the second largest Dreamliner fleet in the world at 34 aircraft. It is expected to receive its 35th, a Dash-9 model, later this month. The new order will take the total to 29 B787-8s and 20 B787-9s.
The carrier became the first to take delivery of a B787 with the fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines in 2012 and was one of the first to launch new routes with the Dreamliner with Boston and San Diego services in the same year.
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