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Nov 08, 2006
Japan Airlines Corporation and Consolidated Subsidiaries Results for the Half-year Ended September 30, 2006

TokyoNovember 8, 2006: Japan Airlines Corporation the holding company of the JAL Group announced the consolidated half-year results of the JAL Group for financial year 2006, the period from April 1, 2006 to September 30, 2006.

The Group's revenue in the first half of FY2006 increased by 37.6 billion yen to 1,150 billion yen, up 3.4% on the same period last year. International passenger revenue increased by 10.2 billion yen to 370.7 billion yen, a 2.9% year-on-year improvement. Better aircraft utilisation, a result of route network restructuring and aircraft downsizing, led to higher load factors and increased protifability.

The airline recovered market competitiveness in Japan by implementing a series of measures, including the launch of promotional campaigns and the expansion of the number of Class J seats, which helped to stimulate domestic passenger demand. As a result, domestic passenger revenue was up by 5.3 billion yen (1.6%) to a total of 345.8 billion yen.

During the first half of FY2006, total operating costs were 1,141.8 billion yen, 45.2 billion yen (4.1%) up on the same period in FY2005. Despite a 27.9 billion yen increase in the airline's fuel bill compared to the same period last year, steady cost reform coupled with the introduction of contingency measures, such as fuel consumption reductions, fuel surcharges, and a 10% basic wage reduction, helped to limit the overall increase in operating costs.

In the first half of FY2006, the JAL Group posted a net profit of 1.5 billion yen, compared to a 12 billion yen net loss in the previous year, a net income improvement of 13.5 billion yen.

JAL GROUP CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FIRST HALF FY2006(April 1-September 30,2006)

Units: billion yen

Half year ended

Sept 30,2006

Half year ended

Sept 30,2005

DifferenceYear on Year

Half year-on year Comparison

Operating revenue

1,150.0

1,112.3

37.6

103.4%

International Passenger

370.7

360.4

10.2

102.9%

Domestic passenger

345.8

340.4

5.3

101.6%

International cargo

92.4

85.4

6.9

108.1%

Others

341.0

325.9

15.0

104.6%

Operating costs

1,141.8

1,096.5

45.2

104.1%

Operating income (loss)

8.1

15.7

- 7.6

51.7%

Ordinary income (loss)

5.3

9.7

- 4.4

54.6%

Net income (loss)

1.5

- 12.0

13.5

-

*Figures rounded down to the nearest 100 million yen

FIRST HALF FACTORS

1) OPERATING REVENUE -AIR TRANSPORT BUSINESS

International passenger traffic: As a result of route network restructuring and aircraft downsizing outlined in the JAL Group's recent medium-term business plans, supply measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) decreased by 10.8% when compared to the same period last year. Demand in terms of revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) was stagnant on Oceania and Hawaii routes, but was strong on US mainland, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Korea routes. Passenger demand on China routes fully recovered from the effects of anti-Japanese demonstrations held in China in April 2005. Overall there was a decline in passenger demand (RPK) of 6.1% when compared to the same period last year.

The international flight seat load factor for the Group was up 3.5 points on the previous year to 71.4%. Unit price increased by 9.5% compared to the previous year, mainly due to a revision of fares and fuel surcharges. Revenue over

the half year increased by 10.2 billion yen to 370.7 billion yen, up 2.9% on the previous year. The total number of passengers carried was 6,760,569.

Domestic passenger traffic: Compared to last year, corporate account passenger traffic was stagnant. However, individual passenger traffic as a whole remained the same, mainly due to the implementation of a series of measures including the introduction of discount fares, and the launch of seasonal promotional campaigns, which helped to stimulate demand. The number of passengers traveling in tour groups declined when compared to the previous year, due to fare increases, and also as a result of the effect the Aichi Expo had in boosting demand in Japan during 2005. During the first half the number of Class J seats - JAL's domestic business class seat - was increased on aircraft to meet customer demand.

Supply measured in available seat kilometers (ASK) increased by 0.6% on the previous half year, and demand measured in revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) increased by 0.2%. Due to rising fuel costs, fares were revised resulting in a year-on-year increase in unit price of 1.3%. As a result, domestic passenger revenue was up by 5.3 billion yen (1.6%) to a total of 345.8 billion yen. The total number of passengers carried was 22,190,898.

International cargo traffic: Though demand from overseas including China was weak on the whole, there have been signs of recovery since summer. Demand from Japan was generally strong, with a high growth rate to China. Measured in revenue cargo ton kilometers (RCTK), worldwide international air cargo demand decreased by 2% on the previous year. With the revision of the fuel surcharge, yield rose by 10.4%, and revenue increased by 8.1%, up 6.9 billion yen on the previous half year. Volume carried was 379,186 tons, down 2.7.% on the year before.

2) OPERATING COSTS & FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Fuel costs: The price of Singapore kerosene from April to September 2006 averaged USD84.9 per barrel versus an average of USD69.6 per barrel for the previous half year. JAL managed to limit the full effect of increasing fuel prices by conducting a wide range of measures including fuel hedging, and fuel consumption reductions. As a result, the fuel bill for the half was 209.2 billion yen, 15.4% increase or 27.9 billion yen up on the previous year.

Maintenancecosts: Maintenance costs in the financial half year increased to a total of 64.6 billion yen, up by 12.4 billion yen or by 23.8% when compared to the previous year, mainly due to planned B777 PW4000 engine modifications

ForeignExchange rate: The average US$ - Yen exchange rate in the first half of this year was 115.5 yen compared to 108.5 yen in the previous year, affecting operating income by -10.2 billion yen. However, the negative effect of the exchange rate was limited, by US dollar hedging which enabled the Group to post a foreign exchange profit of 7.6 billion yen for non-operating income.

FINANCIAL INDICATORS

FH06 ended

Sept 30,2006

FY05year ended

March 31,2006

Difference

Total Assets (billion yen)

2,261.3

2,161.2

100.0

Stockholders' Equity (billion yen) *1

333.5

148.0

185.4

Capital to Asset Ratio (%)

 14.8%

 6.9%

  7.9%

Interest-bearing debt on balance sheet (billion yen)*2

1,174.8

1,236.4

- 61.5

Debt/ Equity Ratio (on balance sheet) *3

 3.5

 8.4

- 4.9

  *Figures rounded down to the nearest 100 million yen

*1: Stockholders'Equity does not include minority stockholders'equity due to new accounting procedures.

*2: Excludes off balance lease debts and unrecognizeddebts. (Interim off balance debts for financial year ending March 2007 =

700.6 billion yen & for year ended March 2006 = 693.4 billion yen).

*3: Debt /Equity Ratio(on balance sheet) = interest bearing debts (on balance sheet) divided by stockholders equity.

OUTLOOK FOR FY2006- REVISED FORECAST

Consolidated Financial Forecast for FY2006 the Year Ending March 31, 2007: The revised forecasts of consolidated results for the complete fiscal year replace those announced on March 2, 2006 and are as follows:

Units: billion yen

FY2006 Revised

Forecast

FY2006 Previous forecast

Announced March 2, 2006

Difference in forecast

FY2005 Result at March 31 2006

Operating revenue

2,281.0

2,301.0

- 20.0

2,199.3

International passenger

732.0

725.0

7.0

690.2

Domestic passenger

678.0

703.0

- 25.0

659.9

International cargo

195.0

198.0

- 3.0

180.5

Other

676.0

675.0

1.0

668.5

Operating costs

2,268.0

2,284.0

-16.0

2,226.2

Operating income

13.0

17.0

- 4.0

- 26.8

Ordinary income

0.5

0.5

0

- 41.6

Net income

3.0

3.0

0

- 47.2

*Figures rounded down to the nearest 100 million yen

Additional financialimprovement measures

By implementing the following additional measures, as outlined in our forecast, we will achieve ordinary income and net income as initially planned.

a) Reduction of pension costs - To improve the balance sheet, and strengthen our financial structure, during this fiscal year we plan to reduce pension costs.

b) Deeper cost reform - We will continue with Group-wide cost restructuring by reviewing property rental agreements, service contract agreements, and by implementing measures to further reduce general company overheads.

JAL GROUP - CONSOLIDATED TRAFFIC STATISTICS

FIRST HALF 2006VS 2005 (April 1 - September 30,2006vs. April 1 - September 30,2005)

First half 2006

First half 2005

Change% -Or points

INTERNATIONAL

Passenger number

6,760,569

7,230,244

93.5%

Revenue passenger kms (000)

32,354,267

34,444,365

93.9%

Available seat kms (000)

45,286,215

50,754,677

89.2%

Revenue seat load factor

71.4%

67.9%

3.5 points

Revenue cargo ton kms (000)

2,213,925

2,259,975

98.0%

Mail ton kilometers (000)

76,318

76,575

99.7%

Revenue ton kms (000)

5,289,073

5,530,216

95.6%

Available ton kms (000)

7,958,566

8,486,495

93.8%

Revenue weight load factor

66.5%

65.2%

1.3 points

DOMESTIC

Passenger number

22,190,898

22,286,276

99.6%

Revenue passenger kms (000)

16,749,367

16,708,672

100.2%

Available seat kms (000)

26,154,645

25,991,109

100.6%

Revenue seat load factor

64.0%

64.3%

- 0.3 points

Revenue cargo ton kms (000)

194,575

191,380

101.7%

Mail ton kilometers (000)

41,023

40,845

100.4%

Revenue ton kms (000)

1,511,548

1,484,330

101.8%

Available ton kms (000)

3,059,465

3,047,129

100.4%

Revenue weight l/factor

49.4%

48.7%

0.7 points

TOTAL

Passenger number

28,951,467

29,516,520

98.1

Revenue passenger kms (000)

49,103,634

51,153,037

96.0

Available seat kms (000)

71,440,860

76,745,786

93.1

Revenue seat load factor

68.7%

66.7%

2.0 points

Revenue cargo ton kms (000)

2,408,500

2,451,355

98.3%

Mail ton kilometers (000)

117,341

117,420

99.9%

Revenue ton kms (000)

6,800,621

7,014,546

97.0%

Available ton kms (000)

11,018,031

11,533,624

95.5%

Revenue weight load factor

61.7%

60.8%

0.9 points

- International results include data from JAL International , Japan Asia Airways and JALways

  • Domestic results include data from JAL International, JAL Domestic, Japan Transocean Air, JAL Express, Japan Air Commuter, Hokkaido Air System, J-Air & Ryukyu Air Commuter.

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