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PICTURE: JAL takes delivery of first A350

Japan Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350, also the first aircraft it has received from the European manufacturer.

The A350-900 was handed over at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse today and will enter service at the start of September on the Haneda-Fukuoka route.

JAL's first Airbus joins a fleet of 166 Boeing aircraft, Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows. The Japanese carrier has ordered 31 A350s in total: 18 of the A350-900 variant and 13 of the larger A350-1000.

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The A350-900 is to be operated on high-frequency domestic routes, while the A350-1000 will be used on long-haul international routes.

In a nod to environmental concerns, Airbus said the ferry flight of JAL's first A350 will be powered by a blend of conventional and synthetic fuel, to reduce CO2 emissions.

JAL's A350-900 has a three-class layout: 12 seats in first class, 94 in business and 263 in economy.

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