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  • August 07, 2008

JAL Group Second Half Route, Flight Frequency and Fleet Plan FY2008

Tokyo August 7, 2008: Today, the JAL Group announced the second half route, flight frequency and fleet plan for FY2008 for its international passenger, domestic passenger and cargo businesses, covering the period October 1,  2008 - March 31, 2009.

With the price of jet fuel reaching an unprecedented high level, the JAL Group has decided to carry out a bold review of the original FY2008 plan announced on February 1, 2008 further concentrating its resources on improving profitability and increasing competitiveness.  

The airline group aims to improve profitability by increasing flight frequency on four high growth, high profit routes in Asia where demand is strong, whilst suspending services on three under-performing international routes. JAL will also expand aircraft downsizing by introducing smaller, more fuel-efficient aircraft on an additional five international routes.

In Japan, JAL will conduct the biggest review of its domestic passenger operations since 2002 by cutting unprofitable routes, adjusting supply to demand through flight frequency reductions on other routes and by adding more flights on popular routes. The airline will increase flight frequency on five routes, decrease flight frequency on four other routes, and will suspend a total of 12 routes.

JAL aims to increase overall competitiveness by improving the products and services offered on selected international routes. The JAL Shell Flat Seat, the award-winning business class seat in JAL Executive Class - the airlines branded business class - will be introduced onto routes serving between Tokyo and Sydney, and Tokyo and Jakarta. JAL Premium Economy featuring the JAL Sky Shell Seat with 20% more legroom than available in economy class will be introduced onto four more routes. The airline will also start operating on all China routes aircraft fitted with personal TV monitor in all classes of travel. Currently, this is offered on approximately 95% of China routes.

The airline will also revise the schedules of five international passenger routes improving departures times and connectivity to increase their customer appeal and ultimately the income they generate.

Regarding international cargo operations, flight frequency will be reduced in the second half of FY2008 when compared to the fist half of the fiscal year with the objective of increasing profitability. One aircraft freighter routing will be suspended and two new ones will be introduced.

For full details see below. The plan is subject to approval by the relevant authorities.

INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER

1. Flight Frequency Increase     

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Narita) - Seoul

Increase flight frequency from 21 to 26 flights per week.

Oct 26 , 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - Shanghai (Pudong)

Increase flight frequency from 14 to 21 flights per week.

Oct 26, 2008

Osaka ( Kansai ) - Hanoi

Daily service to be established. Increase flight frequency from 4 to 7 flights per week.

Oct 26, 2008

Osaka ( Kansai) - Seoul

Increase flight frequency from 14 to 21 flights per week.

Oct 26, 2008

2. Route Suspension     

Route

Details

Date Effective

Fukuoka - Shanghai (Pudong)

Service suspension (7 flights per week).

Oct 26, 2008

Nagoya (Chubu) - Busan

Service suspension (7 flights per week).

Oct 26, 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - London

Service suspension (7 flights per week).

Mar 29, 2009

3. Aircraft Changes

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Haneda) - Shanghai (Hongqiao)

Aircraft change from 747-400 to 777-200ER.

Oct 26 , 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Shanghai (Pudong)

Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 737-800. (Only JL619/ 610).

Oct 26 , 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Hangzhou

Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 737-800.

Oct 26 , 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Taipei 

Aircraft change from 747-400 to 767-300ER. (Only JL647/ 642).

Mar 1, 2009

Osaka (Kansai ) - Shanghai (Pudong)

Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 737-800. (Only JL629/ 620).

Jan 1, 2009

4. Schedule Changes

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Narita) - Kuala Lumpur

Earlier Narita departure to improve connections onto Malaysia domestic flight (JL723).

Oct 26 , 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Amsterdam

Earlier Narita departure to improve connection onto intra-European services (JL411).

Oct 26 , 2008

Guangzhou - Tokyo(Narita)

Improve flight timing by offering later departure time from Guangzhou (JL660).

Oct 26 , 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Busan

Improve flight timing by offering later departure time from Narita (JL969), and earlier departure time from Busan (JL960).

Oct 26 , 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - Busan

Improve flight timing by offering earlier departure from Kansai (JL967).

Oct 26 , 2008

5. Service Improvement

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Narita) - Sydney

Introduction of JAL Shell Flat Seat to business class.

From Oct 27, 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Jakarta

Introduction of JAL Shell Flat Seat to business class.

From Jan 1, 2009

Tokyo(Narita) - Moscow

Introduction of JAL Premium Economy service on route.

From Nov 29 , 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Amsterdam

Introduction of JAL Premium Economy service on route.

From Oct 2, 2008*

Osaka (Kansai) - London

Introduction of JAL Premium Economy service on route.

From Nov 1, 2008**

Nagoya (Chubu) - Paris

Introduction of JAL Premium Economy service on route.

From Dec 6, 2008

All China routes

Introduce aircraft with  personal TV monitor in all classes of travel.

From Jan 1, 2009

*Available Thu, Sat, Sun from Oct 2 -Dec 5, 2008 >>daily service from Dec 6, 2008.

** Available Mon, Wed, Fri from Nov 1 -28, 200 >>daily service from Nov 29, 2008.

DOMESTIC PASSENGER

1. Flight Frequency Increases

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Haneda) - Matsuyama

Increase flight frequency from 4 to 5 flights per day

Nov, 2008

Tokyo (Haneda) - Miyazaki

Increase flight frequency from 4 to 5 flights per day. Excluding year end, New Year, Spring holidays.

Nov, 2008

Fukuoka - Tokyo (Narita)

Increase flight frequency from 1 to 2 flights per day.

Provide smooth connections onto Los Angeles and New York flights.

Nov, 2008

Nagoya (Chubu) - Sapporo

Increase flight frequency from 4 to 5 flights per day.

Feb, 2009

Osaka ( Itami) - Niigata

Increase flight frequency from 5 to 6 flights per day

Mar, 2009

2. Flight Reductions

Route

Details

Date Effective

Osaka (Kansai) - Sapporo

Decrease flight frequency from 6 to 4 flights per day.

Nov, 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - Fukuoka

Decrease flight frequency from 4 to 3 flights per day.

Nov, 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - Okinawa (Naha)

Decrease flight frequency from 5 to 4 flights per day.

Same number of flights as second half FY2007.

Nov, 2008

Nagoya (Komaki) - Kumamoto

Decrease flight frequency from 2 to 1 flights per day.

Nov, 2008

3. Route Suspensions

Route

Details

Date Effective

Osaka (Kansai) - Hakodate

Service suspension (1 flight per day).

Nov, 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - Sendai

Service suspension (1 flight per day).

Nov, 2008

Osaka (Kansai) - Iwate Hanamaki

Service suspension (1 flight per day).

Feb, 2009

Osaka (Kansai) - Akita

Service suspension (1 flight per day).

Feb, 2009

Osaka (Kansai) - Fukushima

Service suspension (1 flight per day).

Feb, 2009

Osaka (Itami) - Fukushima

Service suspension (1 flight per day).

Feb, 2009

Kobe - Kagoshima

Service suspension (2 flights per day).

Feb, 2009

Nagoya ( Chubu) - Fukuoka

Service suspension (3 flights per day).

Mar 29, 2008

Iwate Hanamaki - Okinawa (Naha)

Spring holidays daily service to be suspended.

Mar, 2009

Sendai - Okinawa (Naha)

Seasonal daily service to be suspended.

Dec 19 ,2008

Fukushima - Okinawa (Naha)

Service suspension (1 flight per day). Operated by JTA.

Feb, 2009

Kochi - Okinawa (Naha)

Service suspension (3 flights per day). Operated by JTA.

Feb, 2009

INTERNATIONAL CARGO

 

Route

Details

Aircraft

Date Effective

Tokyo (Narita) - Anchorage - New York

Decrease from 6 to 3 flights per week.   

747-400F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo ( Narita) - Los Angeles

Decrease from 7 to 6 flights per week.    

747-400F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Kuala Lumpur - Manila - Osaka ( Kansai) - Tokyo (Narita)

Routing suspension (1 flight per week).

767-300F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo ( Narita) - Hong Kong

Increase from 1 to 2 flights per week.

Additional flight using 767-300F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Singapore - Bangkok- Nagoya ( Chubu) - Tokyo ( Narita)

Decrease from 3 to 2 flights per week.

747-400F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Singapore - Bangkok- Osaka ( Kansai) - Tokyo ( Narita)

New routing (1 flight per week).

767-300F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Taipei

Decrease from 5 to 4 flights per week.

747-400F

Oct 26, 2008

Tokyo (Narita) - Taipei - Nagoya ( Chubu) - Tokyo ( Narita)

New routing (1 flight per week).

747-400F

Oct 26, 2008

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