Japan Airlines may buy about 20 A350-1000 for around $4.23 billion, as per the Nikkei daily.
The Japanese carrier is considering using A350-1000 jets on flights to Europe and the United States to replace its Boeing 777 jets, and is set to make a final decision on the purchase by Le Bourget Air Show in June, the newspaper said, without citing sources.
Japan Airlines is currently a full Boeing company but the Chairman said some weeks ago that he had reservations from the start on relying on one vendor. "When I first became chairman of JAL in February 2010 I found out that 100 percent of Japan aircraft were made by Boeing - I felt that was abnormal. This is not to say there was anything wrong with Boeing but a dual vendor situation is preferable. In a normal market there is tremendous risk from relying on one vendor. In order to provide good products at good prices, at lower prices a dual vendor system is a must."
The deal for the A350-1000 would include a simulation facility for pilot training.
The carrier’s seven Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets have been grounded since mid-January after problems with its lithium-ion battery, and JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki said that this grounding is likely to reduce their operating profit in the two months to end-May by $11.6 million.
Based on the article “JAL may buy 20 Airbus A350 jets” published in Nikkei.