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Nov 05, 2009
Revision to JAL Group Route and Flight Frequency Plan for Second Half FY2009 and Domestic Routes for First Half FY2010

Tokyo, November 5, 2009: The JAL Group announced today, further changes to its overall route and flight frequency plan for the second half of FY2009, and plans for a portion of its domestic passenger operations for the first half of FY2010.

With a focus on improving profitability and reducing costs, a bold review of underperforming routes was conducted, as slated in the Progress Report of its Medium Term Corporate Plan issued June 19, 2009. As a result, the JAL Group will discontinue operations on 8 international and 8 domestic routes, as well as 1 cargo route. Flight frequency on 2 international routes will also be reduced, and the total effect of these changes is a trim down of 61, 91 and 3 weekly return flights in the international, domestic and cargo networks respectively.

In summary, within the three fiscal half-years of April 2009 to September 2010, reductions and suspensions were decided to be carried out on a total of 13 international, 15 domestic and 2 cargo routes, along with the closure of 4 overseas and 2 domestic offices.

Aircraft used on a total of 5 routes will be also be downsized as JAL progressively renews its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft.

International Passenger Operations

Route Suspension

Route

Details

Date Effective

Remarks

Osaka (Kansai) = Hangzhou

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Dec 7, 2009

Closure of Hangzhou office

Tokyo (Narita) = Hangzhou

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Dec 7, 2009

Tokyo (Narita) = Qingdao

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Dec 7, 2009

Closure of Qingdao office

Tokyo (Narita) = Xiamen

Service suspension of 3 weekly flights

Dec 7, 2009

Closure of Xiamen office

Osaka (Kansai) = Busan

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Jan 12, 2010

Osaka (Kansai) = Hanoi

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Jan 12, 2010

Osaka (Kansai) = Singapore = Kuala Lumpur

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Jan 17, 2010

Tokyo (Narita) = Vancouver = Mexico City

Service suspension of 2 weekly flights

Jan 18, 2010

Closure of Mexico City office

Suspensions already announced: Osaka (Kansai) = London, Incheon, Dalian, and Nagoya (Chubu) = Paris, Incheon (5 routes / 35 weekly flights)

Decrease in flight frequency

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Narita) = Taipei

Decrease flight frequency from 28 to 21 flights per week.

Dec 7, 2009

Tokyo (Narita) = London

Decrease flight frequency from 14 to 7 flights per week.

Dec 7, 2009

Reductions already announced: Tokyo (Narita) = New York, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Incheon, New Delhi / Osaka (Kansai) = Guangzhou, Shanghai / Nagoya (Chubu) = Guangzhou / Tokyo (Haneda) = Hong Kong (9 routes / 47 weekly flights)

Increase in flight frequency

Route

Details

Date Effective

Tokyo (Narita) = Vancouver

Increase flight frequency from 5 to 7 flights per week.

Jan 18, 2010

Increments already announced: Tokyo (Haneda) = Beijing (1 route / 7 weekly flights)

Aircraft Change

Route

Current aircraft

Aircraft after change

Date effective

Tokyo (Narita) = Taipei  (JL645/646)

767-300ER

737-800

December 7, 2009

Nagoya (Chubu) = Taipei (JL655/656)

767-300ER

737-800

December 7, 2009

Osaka (Kansai) = Taipei (653/652)

767-300ER

737-800

January 12, 2010

Osaka (Kansai) = Beijing

767-300ER

737-800

January 12, 2010

Tokyo (Narita) = Hong Kong (JL735/736)

747-400

767-300ER

January 12, 2010

Domestic Passenger Operations

Route Suspension

Route

Details

Date Effective

Remarks

Nagoya (Chubu) = Kumamoto

Service suspension of 2 daily flights

February 1, 2010

Included in FY09 Plans

Tokyo (Haneda) = Kobe

Service suspension of 2 daily flights

April 1, 2010

Nagoya (Chubu) = Iwate-hanamaki

Service suspension of 2 daily flights

May 6, 2010

Nagoya (Chubu) = Kushiro

Service suspension of 1 daily flights

May 6, 2010

Kitakyushu = Okinawa (Naha)

Service suspension of 1 daily flights

May 6, 2010

Kobe = Sapporo

Service suspension of 2 daily flights

June 1, 2010

Closure of Kobe office

Kobe = Okinawa (Naha)

Service suspension of 2 daily flights

June 1, 2010

Kobe = Ishigaki

Service suspension of 1 daily flights

June 1, 2010

Suspensions already announced: Osaka (Kansai) = Memanbetsu, Obihiro, Kushiro, Aomori, Asahikawa / Okinawa (Naha) = Aguni (Closure of Aguni office) / Osaka (Itami) = Tanegashima (7 routes / 9 daily flights)

Cargo Operations

Route Suspension

Route

Details

Date Effective

Remarks

Tokyo (Narita) = Qingdao

Service suspension of 3 weekly flights

December 7, 2009

Closure of Qingdao office

Suspensions already announced: Tokyo (Narita) = London (1 route / 3 weekly flights)

JAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused as a result of the above changes and seeks the kind understanding of its passengers as the airline strives toward improving profitability with continued emphasis on providing valuable customers with the highest levels of safety, on-time performance and service.

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