Tokyo August 7, 2007:The JAL Group has decided to revise its international passenger and cargo route and frequency plan for the second half of FY2007.
JAL will strengthen its international passenger business particularly on Asia routes by continuing to focus resources on high profit, high growth routes where demand is strong, and by improving products and services. The airline is also adjusting flight frequency and flight schedules to increase convenience for customers outside of Japan using Narita as an international hub for intra-Asia journeys and for journeys between, for example, China and the USA.
From October 28, 2007 JAL will start its first cargo operation to Vietnam when the airline's third 767 freighter enters into service. In order to reduce costs, increase profitability and strengthen its cargo network, JAL will also increase the total number of flights per week the airline's three new more fuel efficient 767 freighters are used on China and Southeast Asia routes.
a) Flight Frequency
The airline will increase flight frequency on its Tokyo (Narita) - Guangzhou from 13 to 14 flights per week creating a double daily service between the two cities. The increase in frequency will enable JAL to meet passenger demand not only between Japan and China, but also from business passengers traveling between the US and China using Narita as a convenient transit point.
Already announced on July 6, 2007, in response to a surge in the number of Japanese companies setting up operations in India, JAL will establish a daily service on its Tokyo (Narita) - New Delhi route by increasing flight frequency from 5 to 7 flights per week on October 28, 2007. JAL currently offers 4 flights per week on this route which will increase to 5 flights per week from October 1, 2007.
Due to high load factors, JAL will maintain in the second half of FY2007 the Tokyo (Narita) - New York route flight frequency increase it initiated in March 25, 2007, when the service was increased from 10 to 13 flights per week. Late night flights departing from Narita for New York have been particularly popular with passengers from Asia connecting via Tokyo to the USA.
Flight frequency will be decreased on JAL's Tokyo (Narita) - Los Angeles, Tokyo (Narita) - Paris, and Tokyo (Narita) - Hong Kong to more accurately match the level of demand currently on these routes.
b) Schedule Changes
JAL will change the flight schedules of two of its three daily flights departing from Seoul to Tokyo (Narita) to earlier departure times. This will enable tourists from South Korea, who are currently enjoying the benefits of a strong Korean won, to connect more smoothly in Narita onto JAL flights serving such Southeast Asia leisure destinations as Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.
c) Service Improvements
In FY2006, JAL will further extend the number of routes on which aircraft are fitted with the popular JAL Shell Flat Seat. From October 28 2007, the award-wining seat will be available to business class passengers traveling on JAL's daily services between Tokyo (Narita) - New Delhi, and Nagoya - Bangkok.
d) Aircraft Change
From October 28 2007, passengers traveling on JAL's daily Fukuoka - Shanghai flight will be able to enjoy an improved service when one of the airline's state-of-the-art 737-800 starts operation on this route. On this more fuel-efficient, environment-friendly aircraft, every seat is equipped with its own personal in-flight entertainment system, and all business class seats and most economy class seats will also have an AC power supply suitable for personal computers.
d) International Charter
JAL plans to introduce two new charter flights in the second half of FY2007. The airline will inaugurate a regular charter flight service between Haneda airport (Tokyo) and Hongqiao International Airport (Shanghai) for the benefit of both business and leisure travelers.
The airline will also operate for the first time on a seasonal basis direct charter flights between Kansai (Osaka) and Siem Reap in Cambodia for Japanese tourists wishing to visit the country's many world heritage sites including Angkor Wat. Other Japan departures cities are also being considered.
Details of these charter flights, including start date, aircraft type and flight frequency have yet to be decided.
e) International Passenger SH07 Changes
Flight Frequency Increase
*Announced July 6, 2007
Flight Frequency Decrease
Service Improvement& Aircraft Change
a) Vietnam Freighter Service Inaugurated
From October 28, 2007 JAL will start its first cargo operation to Vietnam when the airline's third 767 freighter enters into service. JAL will introduce a new twice-weekly freighter service using the new aircraft between Japan and Southeast Asia routed Kansai (Osaka) - Bangkok - Ho Chi Minh - Kansai (Osaka).
b) Increased use of 767Fon China and Southeast Asia routes
JAL will also increase the total number of flights per week the airline's three new 767 freighters are used on China and Southeast Asia routes. The airline is increasing use of this more fuel efficient aircraft as it gradually retires 747F-200 aircraft from its fleet, and in an effort to reduce costs, increase profitability and strengthen its cargo network. For example, the number of flights the 767F will be used on China routes will be increased from 14 to 17 flights per week.
c) Increase in Direct Europe Freighter Flights
Compared to the summer schedule JAL will increase from October 28, 2007 the number of direct freighter flights to Amsterdam by one flight per week.
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