Industry Airbus A350 XWB receives type certification in Japan
Airbus has published, that the A350 XWB has gained type certification from the Transport Ministry of Japan, allowing the manufacturer to deliver aircraft to Japanese customers
The type certificate was issued by Japan´s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLITT). From now on, A350 XWB customers from the country are allowed to operate the aircraft. The certificate also covers the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
Airbus Japan President Stephane Ginoux said, “Receiving the A350 XWB Type Certification from Japan’s authority is a great achievement. We are very pleased that Japan Airlines will join soon other world class carriers flying the world’s most modern widebody aircraft”.
JAL belongs to one of the largest carriers in the country and has ordered a total of 31 Airbus A350 XWBs in 2013. The firm order includes deliveries of 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. It was the airline´s first ever order at Airbus.
With the new A350 XWBs, JAL seeks to establish a modern fleet for long-haul operations. The state-of-the-art aircraft convinces with good operational performances, aerodynamical advantages and a smaller footprint on the environment. Moreover, passengers will experience a newly designed cabin.
Earlier, Japan Airlines announced a partnership with Lufthansa Technik regarding the maintenance and support of the aircraft. With this deal, Japan Airlines benefits from a large variety of pool parts to perform last-minute maintenance work.
The first A350-900 is scheduled for delivery in the middle of this year. It will then enter service on major domestic routes, for crew familiarisation flights. Firstly, the Tokyo Haneda – Fukuoka route will be flown with the A350 from September. Currently, older-generation widebodies like the Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 are operating on this route.
The Airbus 350 family has become a story of success for Airbus. To date, 890 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide have been made. The aircraft can seat between 300 and 400+ passengers and suits ultra-long-haul markets as well.
Japan Airlines is the flag-carrier airline of Japan and initially commenced operations in August 1951. The airline is a member of the Oneworld alliance and has hubs at Tokyo and Osaka. Currently, the fleet consists of 167 Boeing fleets. 50 737s. 35 767s, 40 777s and 42 787s complete the fleet.
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