Japan Airlines is set to begin Airbus A350 operations this September, with the first aircraft nearing completion on the assembly line.
The airline announced today that it would commenced flights with the new type on 1 September, 2019, between Tokyo Haneda and Fukuoka.
The flight details are:
JAL 317 Tokyo Haneda 12:10 – Fukuoka 14:00
JAL 318 Fukuoka 15:00 – Tokyo Haneda 16:40
This will eventually be extended to cover other domestic routes from Tokyo Haneda to Sapporo (New Chitose), Okinawa (Naha) and Osaka (Itami).
It is common when an airline introduces a new type to operate it on shorter sectors to enable crews to familiarise themselves with the aircraft before it begins long-haul flying.
JAL has introduced a special website for the A350 introduction. You can see it here: https://www.jal.co.jp/en/A350
The first three Airbus A350s delivered to Japan Airlines will feature special liveries, red, silver and green. Here are mockups of how they will look:
The airline has ordered 18 Airbus A350-900s, with 25 options, plus 13 A350-1000s.
For more on where the A350 will fly, check out our Airbus A350 Routes Page, which is regularly updated: http://www.airportspotting.com/airbus-a350-routes/