Japan Airlines Spends USD $6 Billion to Grow Fleet
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Japan Airlines (JAL) is changing, becoming more aggressive about growth. Management has just revealed a five-year plan that includes buying USD $6 billion worth of new aircraft. The goal is to modernize the entire fleet and also reduce fuel costs with more advanced aircraft.
Included in the plan is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jumbo jet. As Japan Airlines takes older planes out of the fleet, it will replace them with the fuel efficient B787 and also the new models of the B737.
The airline plans to place additional orders for 10 Dreamliners -- bringing the JAL total for this next generation jumbo jet to an astonishing 45 aircraft. It also plans to start service to San Diego and Helsinki from Tokyo's Narita airport by 2013.
The airline is looking to increase its international flights over the next few years.
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