February 2, 2009

JAL turns to Brazilian planes

Japan Airlines has begun flying Brazilian planes for the first time, using two Embraer 170 jets for domestic routes, the airline said.

The first flight from Nagoya to Matsuyama took off Sunday. The airline said it would also use the jets for four round trip flights between Nagoya and Fukuoka and add additional routes through the summer.

Japan Airlines turned to Brazilian plane maker Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA because of the Embraer 170's fuel-efficiency, Kyodo news reported Monday.