Japan Airlines received its first Airbus A350 aircraft at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.
The delivery was a significant victory for Airbus, as the airline typically uses planes from competitors ATR, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer. Besides this A350, the airline has no other Airbus aircraft types in its fleet.
Japan Airlines ordered 31 A350s from Airbus, including 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. The A350-900s will be used on high-frequency domestic routes, while the larger A350-1000s will be deployed on long-haul international routes.
The first three planes will have special liveries with the Airbus 350 logo in red (first plane), silver (second) and green (third) to symbolize challenge, innovation and the environment, respectively.
The A350 has 369 seats and will have a three-class configuration with 12 seats in first class, 94 seats in the domestic business-class cabin and 263 economy-class seats. Each seat has a power outlet, USB port and personal monitors. The plane will also have in-flight WiFi.
The plane will fly its inaugural route on the airline’s domestic Tokyo (HND)-Fukuoka (FUK) route, starting Sept. 1. Going forward, it will fly the carrier’s domestic Sapporo (CTS) and Naha (OKA) flights.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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