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Japan Airlines signs contract for 21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.  

Contract for 21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is signed by Japan Airlines 

In 2026, the aircraft will be added to JAL’s fleet. 

For a while, there were rumors that Japan Airlines (JAL) had placed an order for a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Both have now reaffirmed the airline’s intention to move forward with this strategy by placing an order for 21 MAX aircraft. The new aircraft will join JAL’s fleet in around three years as a result of the order, which is a part of the airline’s fleet renewal program. 

21 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft 

Boeing received a definite order from Japan Airlines for 21 737-8 aircraft. According to reports, the airline was in negotiations with both Airbus and Boeing for an order for its fleet renewal program for narrowbody aircraft, and Boeing has won this round.

President of Japan Airlines Yuji Akasaka stated, “We are pleased to replace our Boeing 737-800s, which make up the majority of the JAL Group’s fleet, with the Boeing 737-8, a member of the very latest 737 MAX family.

With to a mix of these incredibly efficient aircraft, operational advancements, and new fuel-saving technologies, we look forward to transporting our passengers in the highest safety and comfort and moving closer to our 2050 carbon-neutral ambitions.

While passenger traffic keeps increasing back to pre-pandemic levels, the 737-8 will help JAL improve its domestic and regional network. The aircraft will be added to the airline’s fleet in 2026, according to expectations. 

I’ll keep on with the 737 series. 

For a long time, there were rumors that Japan Airlines preferred Boeing to Airbus for its MAX aircraft. Undoubtedly, Boeing is thrilled with the order, which strengthens the MAX’s reputation globally. Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and chief executive officer, Stan Deal, said, 

“As JAL continues to upgrade its world-class fleet, the integration of the new 737 MAX will give the airline greater efficiency across its short-haul network. The most recent achievement in our long-standing relationship is working with JAL to integrate 737-8s into its operations.

According to ch-aviation, Japan Airlines operates a fleet of 43 Boeing 737-800 aircraft that it uses for both short- and medium-distance domestic and international flights within Asia. These aircraft have an average age of just over 13 years. 

Increasing Boeing’s order book 

The current agreement with Japan Airlines complements some other recent orders that Boeing has received. Boeing announced last week that Saudi Arabian airlines had placed a sizable order totaling nearly $37 billion. The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia had an impact on the decision.

38 Boeing 787s were listed as firm orders, and 43 more were added as options. The recently announced Riyadh Air, which plans to create a network of more than 100 trips by the end of the decade, would share the 78 aircraft with Saudia.

Riyadh Air and Saudia will each receive 39 787-9s with options for ten and 33 more aircraft, respectively. Air India also signed a letter of intent with Boeing in February to purchase 220 aircraft, but as the agreement has not been formalized, the figures do not appear in Boeing’s order book. It consists of 20 787s, ten 777Xs, and 190 MAX planes.

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