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Airbus wins breakthrough with its first JAL order

Deal gives Airbus a window as Boeing traditionally dominates Japan

Score: Fabrice Bregier, CEO of Airbus, with Yoshiharu Ueki, president of JAL, at a press conference announcing the deal in Tokyo yesterday. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[TOULOUSE] Airbus SAS won its first order from Japan Airlines Co, securing a commitment for as many as 56 wide-body planes in a market that Boeing Co has almost monopolised for decades. The order consists of 18 A350-900 aircraft and 13 larger A350-1000s, Airbus chief executive officer Fabrice