Airbus has given Boeing heated competition by winning orders from Japan Airlines for a new fleet of jets. International Business Times reported on Oct. 7, 2013, "Airbus Wins Orders For 31 A350 Jets From Japan Airlines In A Blow To Boeing Monopoly." This is the first order for Airbus from Japan Airlines and it's worth $9.5 billion at list prices for 31 A350 jets.
At this time the Japanese carriers ANA Holdings Inc and JAL operate the world’s first and second largest fleet of Boeing 787s. This order for Europe’s Airbus will help the firm break into Japan’s commercial airliner market at a time when its American rival has been troubled with technical problems in its latest Dreamliner 787 plane. Will Horton, an analyst at CAPA Centre for Aviation in Hong Kong, has said, “This is the blue-chip order Airbus was hoping for.”
EuroNews has reported, "Airbus wins landmark order from Japan Airlines in blow to Boeing." It has been confirmed that Airbus has clinched a $9.5 billion order from Japan Airlines for 31 wide-body A350 jets. Fabrice Bregier, Chief Executive of Airbus parent company EADS has said, “We, Airbus and Japan Airlines, have opened a new chapter in our relationship and we are building together a long trustful and, I believe, bright future.” It appears Boeing is now paying a big price for the problems the firm has encountered with the Dreamliner.