Airbus Debut for JAL

News Review • First Airbus for JAL

Following a landmark deal in 2013, Japan Airlines has accepted delivery of its first Airbus aircraft. Airliner World’s Gordon Smith travelled to Toulouse to join the celebrations.

AIRBUS’ VAST customer delivery centre in Toulouse is no stranger to a little pomp and ceremony. The facility regularly plays host to impressive audio-visual displays, musical performances and other entertainment as part of the formal handover of jets to new customers. June 13 was no exception; there was a scintillating duet played on a Japanese grand piano and an interpretive dance routine conjuring abstract images of origami birds.

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