Japan Airlines to decide on 787 aircraft for long haul LCC
Perhaps unusually, and in contrast to past long haul LCCs from either a parent company or independent, JAL has committed to using next generation aircraft, whereas past LCCs weighed old or new aircraft.
JAL's debate is whether to give the new airline a 787-8 from JAL's order book or retrofit an existing JAL aircraft to be suitable for a long haul LCC unit. JAL has four 787-8s on order, as well as seven -9s, according to CAPA's Fleet Database.
Some delivery date adjustments may be needed, but Boeing would surely like to provide a factory fresh aircraft for an all-new airline. Some of JAL's original 787s feature not only old products but low-density cabins. JAL may retrofit these aircraft anyway, so JAL could instead give an older – but still next gen – aircraft to the LCC. Compared to a new aircraft, there will be some operating inefficiencies and higher maintenance costs.
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