Japan Airlines orders 31 Airbus A350s valued at $11.8b

Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki (right) shakes hands with Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier during their joint news conference in Tokyo on Monday, Oct 7, 2013. Japan Airlines said on Monday it is ordering 31 Airbus A350 planes in a deal
Japan Airlines President Yoshiharu Ueki (right) shakes hands with Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier during their joint news conference in Tokyo on Monday, Oct 7, 2013. Japan Airlines said on Monday it is ordering 31 Airbus A350 planes in a deal valued at US$9.5 billion (S$11.8 billion) and which challenges Boeing's dominance in the Japanese market as it struggles with its troubled Dreamliner. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan Airlines said Monday it is ordering 31 Airbus A350 planes in a deal valued at US$9.5 billion (S$11.8 billion) and which challenges Boeing's dominance in the Japanese market as it struggles with its troubled Dreamliner.

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.