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
Suspensions already announced: Osaka (Kansai) = London, Incheon, Dalian, and Nagoya (Chubu) = Paris, Incheon (5 routes / 35 weekly flights)
Decrease in flight frequency
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
Increments already announced: Tokyo (Haneda) = Beijing (1 route / 7 weekly flights)
Domestic Passenger Operations
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)
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.