Updated: 10/07/2013 14:29 | By Agence France-Presse

Japan Airlines orders 31 Airbus A350s valued at $9.5 bn

Japan Airlines said Monday it is ordering 31 Airbus A350 planes in a deal valued at $9.5 billion and which challenges Boeing's dominance in the Japanese market as it struggles with its troubled Dreamliner.


Japan Airlines orders 31 Airbus A350s valued at $9.5 bn

Japan Airlines (JAL) jetliners sit parked at Tokyo's Haneda airport on July 31, 2013

The carrier said it had signed a purchase agreement for 18 long-haul A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s, with an option to buy another 25 aircraft.

The deal marks the first time JAL has bought Airbus planes with the slate of new aircraft expected to come into service from 2019, the carrier said.

The push by the European plane maker comes as JAL and domestic rival All Nippon Airways -- whose fleet is also dominated by Boeing -- have been sideswiped by problems with the Dreamliner.

The fuel-efficient aircraft was grounded globally in January after lithium-ion batteries overheated on two different planes, with one of them catching fire while parked.

The Japanese carriers -- the single biggest operators of the Dreamliner -- have put their fleets back into service. But they are seeking compensation from US-based Boeing.

JAL shares rose 3.01 percent to 5,810 yen on Monday as the broader marker fell 1.22 percent.

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