The order is for Boeing's slightly larger version of the Dreamliner, the 787-9. Japan Airlines already has 35 787-8s on order with Boeing. The carrier said on Tuesday that it plans to convert 10 of those to orders for 787-9s.
Japan Airlines said the cost per seat on Boeing's 787-9 is slightly lower than for the 787-8. That improvement is in line with the airline's "efforts to bring down air operation expense," it said in a press release. The carrier said it plans to operate the 787s when it seizes slots opening up out of Tokyo's Narita and Haneda airports.
The order is valued at $2.8 billion at list prices, though airlines usually receive discounts from list prices.
Boeing is expected to deliver Japan Airlines' first 787-8 this quarter. The jet maker was more than three years late in delivering the first Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways of Japan, because of production and supply chain problems. A recently discovered manufacturing issue prompted inspections of 787s.
Boeing has won orders for 880 of its fuel-efficient, Everett-assembled 787s, including Japan Airlines' new order.
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