Japan Airlines plans to replace its short-haul fleet with more fuel-efficient models | Travel

Japan Airlines said in a statement that it “will switch to fuel-efficient aircraft and for the replacement of the short-haul fleet, we are considering the rapid introduction of new small and medium-sized aircraft.” He added that nothing concrete had yet been decided.

Bloomberg | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Japan Airlines Co. plans to replace its aging fleet of short-haul Boeing Co. 737s with more modern, fuel-efficient models, according to people familiar with the matter.

The airline, which operates 45 of the 737 jets with an average age of around 12.5 years, currently has to choose between the 737 Max range and the rival Airbus SE A320neo family, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.

An order could be for between 30 and 50 of the narrow-body jets, the people said. Deliberations are preliminary and no final decision has been made, the people said.

Japan Airlines said in a statement that it “will switch to fuel-efficient aircraft and for the replacement of the short-haul fleet, we are considering the rapid introduction of new small and medium-sized aircraft.” He added that nothing concrete had yet been decided.

Representatives from Airbus and Boeing declined to comment on confidential discussions with customers.

Airlines around the world are revamping their fleets as travel resumes after two years of near-ban during the pandemic. Japan is considering expanding a domestic travel subsidy program to bolster its tourism industry, local media reported earlier this month, even as the country continues to limit the number of foreign visitors.

Japan’s tourism sector has suffered more than most in Asia as the country has been slow to reopen to foreigners. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said late last month that some package tour visitors would be allowed in from June 10, under fairly strict conditions.

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