A good day to be Airbus

A computer rendering of a JAL Airbus A350. (Image © Airbus S.A.S 2013)
A computer rendering of a JAL Airbus A350. (Image © Airbus S.A.S 2013)

It’s a good day to be Airbus. Japan Air Lines (JAL) has placed an order for 18 Airbus A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s, with a further 25 aircraft in option. The deal was announced today and it’s rather special; it is actually the first ever deal between Airbus and JAL, which showed itsself a devoted Boeing customer untill now. The order is worth 9.5 billion USD.

“Japan Airlines is well known as one of the most preferred airlines in the world providing its passengers with an excellent flight experience. We sincerely welcome Japan Airlines as a new Airbus customer and feel honored by this first ever order from Japan for our all-new A350 XWB,” said Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus.

Only last week, Airbus said that it already surpassed its 2013 sales target, with 170 orders booked in September. It’s a good year to be Airbus, actually.

© 2013 AIRheads’ Elmer van Hest