Japan Airlines (JAL) has reached a deal with Boeing to purchase 21 737-8 MAX aircraft, in a move that will enable the flag carrier to further strengthen its domestic and regional network.
The new jets are set to join the fleet from 2026 and will replace existing 737-800s, which are the largest proportion of the airline's fleet.
Speaking about the deal, JAL president, Yuji Akasaka, said: “We are delighted to select the Boeing 737-8, a member of the very latest 737 MAX family, to replace our Boeing 737-800s... We look forward to carrying our passengers in the utmost safety and comfort and to moving closer to our 2050 carbon-neutral goals, thanks to a combination of these super-efficient aircraft, operational innovations and new fuel-saving technologies.”
The manufacturer says the 737 MAX family of aircraft are designed to be super-efficient, with greater range and fuel efficiency that will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 15% compared to the aircraft that they are replacing.
"The integration of the new 737 MAX will provide JAL with greater efficiency across its short-haul network, as the airline continues to upgrade its world-class fleet," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Partnering with JAL to introduce 737-8s into its operations is the latest milestone in our longstanding relationship."
The aircraft are set to be equipped with CFM International LEAP-1B engines.