JAL announced that it would order 31 Airbus A350 aircraft and the new Airbus aircraft will begin entering into service in 2019. The list price is about US$9.5 billion, including 18 Airbus A350-900 aircraft and 13 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The agreement also includes options for another 25 of the A350s, bringing the potential size to 56 aircraft.
"This is a huge win for Airbus and a big loss for Boeing," said aerospace analyst Scott Hamilton, managing director of Seattle-based Leeham Co.
"Airbus has been trying to break the wide-body monopoly of Boeing for decades and likewise Boeing has been wanting to keep Airbus out of JAL and ANA."