Tokyo, April 20, 2009: Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today that it will reorganize the flight numbers of several of its international passenger flights from March 28, 2010 in preparation for the anticipated increase in traffic at Tokyo’s 2 airports, Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport, upon the completion of their expansion.
The purpose of the revision is to make flight numbers of the JAL Group more comprehensible and easy to remember. JAL currently groups most international passenger flight numbers according to region, with a few exceptions. After the change, all flights will be correctly labeled with a number that demarcates the region it flies to.
Flights between Tokyo, Narita and China, as well as Taiwan, will also bear new 3-digit flight numbers that start with the numeric 8, incidentally a number that is often considered auspicious in the Chinese culture.
For JAL flights operating at Haneda Airport, international flights will start to carry 2-digit numbers which will easily differentiate them from the domestic flights.
With effect from May 2, 2009, the new flight numbers will be used in the reservations of international flights in FY2010.
Organization of Flight Numbers
* Codeshare flights not included.
About Japan Airlines
The JAL Group is Asia’s biggest airline group in terms of sales revenues and 2nd largest in Asia in terms of passengers carried annually. JAL Group airlines serve 220 airports in 35 countries and territories, including 59 airports in Japan. The international network covers over 250 passenger routes and 28 cargo routes, and the domestic network covers 143 routes.
With around 23,000 employees in the air transport segment, JAL Group operates a fleet of some 270 aircraft including Boeing 747s and 777s and is now in the process of a major fleet renewal, introducing more fuel-efficient small and medium aircraft such as the B737 New Generation series and in the future the new high-tech Boeing 787 “Dreamliner”.
JAL First Class offers fully reclining Skysleeper or Skysleeper Solo seats. “JAL Executive Class - Seasons,” introduces the concept of “quality time” spent on board and features the award-winning JAL Shell Flat Seat that reclines to almost the horizontal and provides a high degree of personal privacy. From December 2007 JAL started offering JAL Premium Economy on key business routes, and from August 2008 started introducing on US routes a luxurious new suite to JAL First Class and the JAL Shell Flat NEO, a leading-edge seat for JAL Executive Class.
Top quality in-flight service has always been the hallmark of JAL’s reputation. Cuisine offered in all classes is a combination of Western and Japanese food. JAL carries a fine selection of award-winning wines and sake in First Class and JAL Executive Class - Seasons, JAL’s business class. Quality in-flight entertainment systems are a feature of JAL’s international fleet aircraft.
A member of the oneworld global alliance since April 2007, JAL offers customers many benefits, such as the JAL Mileage Bank frequent flier program.