Final assembly of the first A350-900 for Japan Airlines has begun and is taking shape at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.
The wing-fuselage junction and the installation of the vertical and horizontal tailplane have been completed.
After this station, the first Japan Airlines A350 XWB will be in the next assembly station for final structural completion, such as the installation of winglets, and ground testing of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems.
Japan Airlines placed an order for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s) in 2013. It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.
The carrier’s first A350-900 is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year. JAL’s A350 fleet will enter service on major domestic routes starting with its Haneda-Fukuoka route from September and later fly on international routes, replacing older-generation widebody types.
At the end of January 2019, Airbus has recorded a total of 894 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 48 customers worldwide.