Japan Airlines boosts Dreamliner fleet ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan Airlines boosts Dreamliner fleet ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan Airlines has announced an order today for four 787-8 Dreamliners from Boeing.

The order is valued at more than $900 million at current list prices and will expand JAL’s Dreamliner fleet to 49 airplanes.

“This order for additional 787 Dreamliners is a key part of our strategy as we look to bolster our existing route network and strengthen our position ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines.

“The superior noise performance of the 787 will play a critical role in meeting our commitment for quieter operations within our domestic network going forward.”

Japan Airlines currently operates the second largest 787 Dreamliner fleet in the world, with 34 airplanes.

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The carrier is expected to receive its 35th Dreamliner, a 787-9 later this week.

With this new order, Japan Airlines’ 787 fleet include 29 787-8s and 20 787-9 airplanes.

Japan Airlines became the first airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines in 2012.

In addition, JAL was one of the first airlines to launch new routes with the 787, as it launched its Boston and San Diego routes with the Dreamliner that same year.