The carrier announced the first passenger flights of the Airbus A350-1000 will take place between Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) starting January 24, 2024.
Tokyo-Dallas Flight First of Two A350 Airframes to Start Service in Four Months
The first flight using the next-generation A350-1000 will start on January 24, 2024, codesharing with joint venture partner American Airlines. The flight from Tokyo Haneda to John F. Kennedy International Airport, Japan Airlines Flight 6, will depart Japan at 11:05 a.m. local time, and arrive in New York at 10 a.m. The return from New York, Japan Airlines Flight 5, will leave New York at 12:40 p.m. to arrive in Tokyo at 5:15 p.m. on the next day. The flight will become a daily route once the airline receives their second A350, scheduled for delivery by March 31, 2024.
Shortly after the Tokyo-New York route launches, the airline intends to offer the A350-1000 on a second route between the two countries. With their third A350-1000, the carrier will add service between Tokyo Haneda and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The service is part of a larger plan to introduce the A350 to several North American markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver.
The new aircraft will feature the airline’s latest improvements to the premium cabins. The First Class cabin will feature fully-enclosed suites with convertible lie-flat beds, while the Business Class suites will offer privacy partitions and increased headroom by cutting overhead bins from over the middle seats.
Japan Airlines’ ultimate goal is to replace their fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the Airbus A350-1000. The airline currently has 13 on order from the French manufacturer.
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