Japan Airlines (JAL) has retired its Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney engines ahead of its previously announced schedule to do so.
The 13 777s – using Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines – were previously scheduled to be retired by the year 2022 but were retired during March. The jets were grounded following an engine failure incident on a United Airlines jet with the same engine type in February. JAL had a similar incident on a flight from Naha, Okinawa to Tokyo in December.
With the retirement of the 13 777s, JAL will still have 17 Boeing 777s – including 7 777-200ERs and 12 777-300ERs.
Mostly used on domestic routes, JAL stated it will newer Airbus A350s on domestic routes on flights to destinations such as Osaka-Itami. It also would use widebody jets usually deployed on international flights for domestic routes.
In November, JAL previously announced it would retire 24 777s – including the 13 777s with PW4000 engines – during 2021 and 2022. JAL's decision to retire the aircraft is part of the airline's efforts to reduce maintenance costs amid the temporary reduction of air travel demand.