JAL Puts Airbus A350 into Service

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines' <9201> Airbus A350 jetliner made its debut on Sunday.

The first JAL flight using the plane took off from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda for Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, with all of its 369 seats occupied.

All seats on the airplane are furnished with a power outlet and a video display. Noise from its engines has been reduced substantially.

"We can offer more comfortable air travel (with the A350)," JAL Chairman Yoshiharu Ueki said proudly at a ceremony to celebrate the first A350 flight, held at a boarding gate at Haneda just before the takeoff.

"I always come to airport 30 minutes before (departure), but today, I came here two hours before," Toru Naito, a 22-year-old university students from the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, said before boarding the flight. "I'm very much looking forward to the flight," he said with a smile.

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