October 14, 2013
Credit: Airbus Concept
The balance between Boeing and Airbus in one of the world's most important air transport markets is shifting with Japan Airlines' (JAL) order for the A350, and the consequences will likely be transformational.
The agreement, including 31 firm orders, is so significant because roughly 90% of the country's market belongs to Boeing. Not only are other Japanese carriers, and All Nippon Airways (ANA), in particular, now more likely to order Airbus aircraft, the rationale for the close industrial tries between Boeing and the Japanese aerospace sector could be compromised. After all, the A350 deal means JAL will order no Boeing 777Xs in the foreseeable future.