Japan Airlines Co. (9205) will officially receive its first two Boeing Co. (BA) 787 planes on March 25, ending more than three years of delays.
The planes will arrive in Japan two days later after flying in from the U.S., Sze Hunn Yap, a spokeswoman for the carrier, said in Tokyo today. Commercial services will start on April 22, with flights to Boston.
“We’re grateful and delighted that delivery of our first 787 has been confirmed,” President Yoshiharu Ueki told reporters. “Bookings for the Boston route next month are almost full.”
JAL, which will probably be the second 787 operator, also plans to fly Dreamliners to cities including Beijing, Singapore, New Delhi and Moscow as it gets more of its 45 on-order aircraft. Tokyo-based All Nippon Airways Co. became the first carrier to fly the 787 commercially in November, after Boeing resolved difficulties with new materials and supply methods that had delayed the first handover.
JAL’s first 787 will have 42 business-class seats and 144 in economy, according to a statement. The business-class seats will be 5 cm (2 inches) wider than the ones in the carrier’s Boeing 777s, it said. The inflight-entertainment system will feature more than 30 electronic Japanese comic books, with English versions to follow.
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