To overcome the rise in jet fuel costs and the boost competitiveness, the JAL Group plans to implement various countermeasures to improve its budget in the group’s route and fleet plan for the year beginning April 1, 2005 through to March 31, 2006. The JAL Group will use production resources to the fullest and will carry out business operations with greater efficiency in order to maximize income and cutback costs. The plan is based on the optimal route network and flight frequencies, with fleet planning and flight schedules flexibly responding to trends in demand.
On international routes, JAL is increasing flights on Russia routes, and in support of the Visit Japan Campaign is boosting Korea and Taiwan routes by introducing more flights and larger aircraft. JAL also intends to increase its China network. The plan includes further introduction of the fuel-efficient B767-300ER, B777-200ER and inauguration of the B777-300ER on long haul routes and the phasing out of the DC-10 from scheduled service. JAL will introduce the new B777-300ER on long haul flights to Europe equipped with the JAL NEW SKYSLEEPER SOLO seat in first class and award-winning Shell flat seat in business class.
Continuous growth is expected, and international operations by JAL Group subsidiary JALways will be expanded in order to increase cost competitiveness.
As for domestic routes, to further strengthen our competitiveness over rival airlines, we will take steps to maintain and upgrade the largest network in Japan. The plan takes into account the opening of Kobe Airport (Feb 2006) and Chubu Airport, Nagoya, (Feb 2005). While all JAL international and domestic flights operations now operating at Nagoya’s Komaki Airport will move to Chubu when it opens but commuter flights by subsidiary J-Air will be operated at Komaki in response to an expected rise in demand.
To increase cost competitiveness, JAL will expand operations of domestic subsidiary JAL Express by the transfer of four MD-81 aircraft to that airline.
On the cargo front, JAL will increase flights and will rearrange routes to the U.S. and China, for more efficient operation of the freighter fleet during periods of strong demand,
The flight frequency and fleet plan is summarized below. This plan will take effect subject to government approval
HANEDA Airport routes
JAL plans to operate bigger capacity aircraft on some flights on routes to Sapporo and Hakodate during the peak summer season. The airline also plans a code share operation with Skymark Airlines on the Haneda-Kansai route from April 1st with four flights per day.
OSAKA: Itami and Kansai Airports - routes
Flights in and out of Itami and Kansai International Airports in the Osaka area will be influenced by government environment regulations to ban large aircraft operating in and out of Itami. From April 1, 2005, Classic 747 aircraft and 3-engined aircraft such as the DC-10 will not be permitted at Itami. (B747-400 will be banned from April 2006). In addition slots designated for jet use are being reassigned to turbo-prop operations over the next three years
From April 1, JAL will reduce flights on some Itami-Hokkaido routes and other regional routes, and increase frequencies out of Kansai International.
From the opening of the Kobe airport on February 16, 2006, we plan to operate several flights on routes with expected high demand, including flights to Tokyo, and intends to operate about 10 flights from an early stage.
NAGOYA: Chubu and Komaki Airports
After the February 17 opening of Chubu International Airport (also known as Centrair) we will proactively carry out operations factoring in international transit passengers as well as local demand. All JAL international and domestic flights operations now operating at Nagoya’s Komaki Airport (except J-Air operations) will move to Chubu when it opens
At the same time, we will continue to utilize Nagoya-Komaki airport, run by the prefecture, for CRJ-200 commuter flights operated by our commuter subsidiary J-Air and thereby respond in detail to the rise in demand expected in the Chubu region. We will expand the CRJ-200 fleet from 6 to 8 aircraft to strengthen our transport capacity and change J-AIR flight numbers to JAL flights.
At the end of FY2005, the JAL Group fleet total will be 284 aircraft (one more than at the od FY2004)
(Ryukyu Air Commuter included)
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