Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on services to the USA, Europe and South-east Asia.

"JAL is keenly awaiting the delivery of the state-of-the-art jet, which we target to strategically utilise on new long-haul routes between Tokyo and America, Europe, as well as South-east Asia, afforded by the expansion of Haneda airport in October 2010," says JAL.

The 787 completed its maiden flight on 15 December in Seattle.

JAL has 35 orders and 20 options for the aircraft, and expects to receive its first 787 by early 2011.

Japan's All Nippon Airways says it is "taking all possible measures to ensure our preparation in receiving the new aircraft".

The carrier has 27 orders for the 787-8 and 28 orders for the 787-3, according to Innovata.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news