JAL Says Good by to its last Boeing 777-200ER


Japan Airlines has removed its second and final Boeing 777-200ER. The occasion was marked by airline personnel bidding farewell to the wide-body aircraft as it headed for the United States (US). Images shared on Twitter showed Japan Airlines personnel putting up a banner that stated "Thank you JA701J" and wished the aircraft, registered as JA701J, a pleasant journey from Tokyo Haneda International (HND) to Los Angeles International (LAX). 


On May 16, 2023, JA701J arrived at LAX. Japan Airlines now operates a single Boeing 777-200ER, JA703J, following the retirement of JA701J. However, the latter has not flown since May 7, 2023, when flight JL916 from Okinawa Naha Airport (OKA) arrived at HND. Japan Airlines possessed a total of eight 777-200ER and 15 777-200 aircraft during its history, excluding JA701J and JA703J, in addition to a fleet of seven 777-300s that were phased out and the remaining 13 777-300ERs. According to ch-aviation.com, the JA701J was delivered to Japan Airlines in July 2002 with a pair of General Electric GE90 engines.


When JA701J was retired, the aircraft had a 236-seat cabin with 154 in economy, 40 in Premium Economy, and 42 in Business, according to statistics from ch-aviation.com. There were no first-class tickets available. Meanwhile, data from planespotters.net revealed that the aircraft's most recent configuration included 26 Business Class seats and 286 Economy Class seats.

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