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Apr 28, 2010
JAL Group Announces Route, Flight Frequency and Fleet Plans for FY2010

Tokyo, April 28, 2010: Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today that revisions will be made to a part of the route, flight frequency and fleet plan for the first half of fiscal year 2010, and decided on plans for the second half of the year ending March 31, 2011.

 

JAL has restructured its overall network with the clear objective of returning to profitability as swiftly as possible by creating a solid business model that can withstand the fluctuations in economic conditions and by generating profits without overly relying on future traffic demand. This plan includes the retirement of the Boeing 747-400 and Airbus 300-600 aircraft by the end of this fiscal year, bold withdrawal from several overseas regions, and the drastic contraction in the size of operations. It is formulated to achieve within one year, substantial reductions in the airline’s fixed costs, a target which was initially planned to be accomplished over a period of 3 years.

 

The airline has decided to discontinue services on 15 international routes with 86 weekly roundtrip flights, as well as on 30 domestic routes with a maximum of 58* daily roundtrip flights. Totaling the changes made since fiscal year 2009, JAL will end operations on 28 international routes with the closure of 11 overseas bases while domestically, 50 routes will be terminated along with 8 offices. The international and domestic passenger capacity (measured in available seat kilometer) will as a result be reduced by 40% and 30% respectively compared to levels in fiscal year 2008. *56 roundtrip flights if excluding seasonally-operated flights

 

The extent to which the route and flight frequency plan has been streamlined is vital to achieving a swift revival of the JAL Group. JAL seeks the understanding of its customers who will be inconvenienced by the changes announced.

 

NOTE: The plans listed hereafter are subject to government approval.

 

A. INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER

While the overall scale of the airline’s international passenger operations will shrink by 40%, JAL will greatly expand the use of Haneda airport for international flights to maintain a global network with a focus on pivotal routes that can yield higher business demand.

 

Strengthening Narita Airport’s Hub Function

JAL will leverage on Narita airport as a global hub that serves excellently as a link between North America and Asia, and through detailed planning of flight schedules, provide transit passengers with much smoother transfers and convenience. Furthermore, with the use of JAL’s feeder services, it is convenient for passengers to connect between international flights at Narita and key domestic locations in Japan.

 

Strengthening of International Flights at Haneda

Capitalizing on Haneda airport’s strategic location, Japan Airlines plans to almost triple the number of international flights operating out from the airport that is conveniently situated in metropolitan Tokyo, from the current 5 daily flights to 14. In addition to the current short-haul flights within Asia operating during the convenient afternoon time belt, JAL intends to utilize late night and early morning slots at the airport to launch new routes to San Francisco, Honolulu, Paris and Bangkok. JAL aims to construct a well-balanced network by teaming high-traffic services from Haneda to the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its comprehensive connections to regions throughout Japan.

 

Options at Kansai, Osaka and Chubu, Nagoya

While JAL maintains its forte in operating short-haul Asia flights and flights to Honolulu from Kansai and Chubu airports, the airline plans to advance with the use of smaller aircraft to improve profitability. The aircraft configuration of Boeing 737-800 on the thriving Kansai=Gimpo (Seoul) route however, will be changed from a 144-seater to one with a capacity for 176 in order to capture the healthy demand on that route.

 

A1. Route suspension   

Route

Details

Date Effective

Remarks

Narita (Tokyo) = Sao Paulo 

(via New York)

Suspension of 2 weekly flights

Sep 30, 2010

Closure of Sao Paulo office

Narita = Amsterdam

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Sep 30, 2010

Closure of Amsterdam office

Narita = Milan

Suspension of 4 weekly flights

Sep 30, 2010

Closure of Milan office

Narita = Rome

Suspension of 3 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

Closure of Rome office

Narita = Brisbane

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Sep 30, 2010 (Dep. from Narita)
Oct 1, 2010
(Dep. from Brisbane)

Closure of Brisbane office

Narita = Denpasar (Bali)

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

Closure of Denpasar office

Narita - Kona - Honolulu - Narita

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 30, 2010

Closure of Kona office

Kansai (Osaka) = Denpasar (Bali)

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Sep 30, 2010 (Dep. from Kansai)
Oct 1, 2010
(Dep. from Bali)

Closure of Denpasar office

Kansai  = Guam

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010 (Dep. from Kansai)
Oct 2, 2010
(Dep. from Guam)

Kansai = Hong Kong

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

Kansai = Guangzhou

Suspension of 3 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

Kansai = Beijing

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

Chubu (Nagoya) =Bangkok

Suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

Chubu = Guangzhou

Suspension of 4 weekly flights.

Oct 1, 2010



*The above 14 route suspensions excludes the termination of Narita=San Francisco once the Haneda=San Francisco route commences.

** The number of closures of overseas offices in this release is 7. 4 other office closures have already been announced - Hangzhou, Qingdao, Xiamen, Mexico City.

A2. Flight frequency reduction   

Route

Details

Date Effective

Affected Flights

Narita = Incheon (Seoul)

Decrease from 21 to 14 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

JL955/956

Narita = Guam

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010 (Dep. from Narita)
Oct 2, 2010
(Dep. from Guam)

JO949/940



A3. Route suspension and flight frequency reductions upon commencement of Haneda services

Route

Details

Date Effective

Affected Flights

Narita = San Francisco

Service suspension of 7 weekly flights

Oct 31, 2010

Narita = Beijing

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flights

Oct 1, 2010

JL863/864*

Narita = Hong Kong

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flights

Oct 31, 2010

JL731/732

Narita = Taipei

Decrease from 21 to 14 weekly flights

Oct 31, 2010

JL801/806



*Subject to approval by civil aviation authorities of Japan and China

**Total number of flight reductions on the above 5 routes in tables A2 and A3 is 35 per week.

 

A4. Inaugural routes and flight frequency increase (from October 31, 2010)

Route

Details

Remarks

Haneda (Tokyo) = Gimpo (Seoul)

Increase from 14 to 21 weekly flights

Haneda = Beijing

Increase from 7 to 14 weekly flights

Subject to approval by civil aviation authorities of Japan and China

Haneda = Hongqiao (Shanghai)

Increase from 7 to 14 weekly flights

Haneda = Hong Kong

Increase from 3 to 7 weekly flights

*Change of flight timings from late night to afternoon.

Dates of temporary suspension:

Sep 30 - Oct 30. (Haneda dep.)

Oct 1 - Oct 30. (Hong Kong dep.)

Haneda = Songshan (Taipei)

Increase from 0 to 14 weekly flights

New route

Haneda =

San Francisco

Increase from 0 to 7 weekly flights

New route

Haneda = Honolulu

Increase from 0 to 7 weekly flights

New route

Haneda = Bangkok

Increase from 0 to 7 weekly flights

New route

Haneda = Paris

Increase from 0 to 7 weekly flights

New route



A5. Aircraft change

Route

Current Aircraft

Aircraft after change

Date Effective

Affected Flights

Narita = Vancouver

747-400

777-200ER

Oct 1, 2010

Narita = Honolulu

747-400

767-300ER

Oct 1, 2010

JO072 / 071

Oct 31, 2010

JO074 / 073

Narita = Bangkok

777-200ER

767-300ER

Oct 1, 2010 (Dep. from Narita)
Oct 2, 2010 (Dep. from
Bangkok)

JO707/ 708

Narita = Singapore

777-200ER

767-300ER

Oct 1, 2010 (Dep. from Narita)
Oct 2, 2010 (Dep. from Singapore)

JL711 / 712

Narita = Shanghai

767-300ER

737-800

Oct 1, 2010

JL877 / 874

Narita = Beijing

767-300ER

737-800

Oct 1, 2010 (Dep. from Narita)
Oct 2, 2010 (Dep. from Beijing)

JL869 / 860

Haneda = Hongqiao (Shanghai)

777-200ER

767-300ER

Oct 1, 2010

Haneda = Gimpo

747-400

777-200ER

Oct 1 to Oct 30, 2010

JL091 / 092

777-200ER

767-300ER

Oct 31, 2010

JL093 / 094

Kansai = Honolulu

747-400

767-300ER

Oct 31, 2010

Kansai = Shanghai

767-300ER

737-800

Oct 1, 2010

JL891 / 894

Chubu = Honolulu

747-400

767-300ER

Oct 1, 2010

Chubu = Shanghai

767-300ER

737-800

Oct 1, 2010


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. DOMESTIC PASSENGER

Aimed at improving profitability of the business in the face of low traffic demand, domestic passenger operations will be reduced by 30% in capacity, achieved through flight discontinuations and frequency reductions on underperforming routes and by means of using smaller, more efficient jets.

 

B1. Route suspension   

Route

Details

Date Effective

Remarks

Operator

Chubu (Nagoya) = Sendai

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 1, 2010

JEX

Chubu = Aomori

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAL / J-AIR

Chubu = Kagoshima

Suspension of 3 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JEX

Komaki (Nagoya) = Obihiro

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAL / J-AIR

Komaki = Yamagata

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

J-AIR

Komaki = Fukuoka

Suspension of 5 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

J-AIR

Komaki = Nagasaki

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

J-AIR

Komaki = Akita

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 1, 2011

J-AIR

Komaki = Matsuyama

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 1, 2011

J-AIR

Komaki = Niigata

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 27, 2011

Closure of Komaki office in Nagoya

J-AIR

Komaki = Kochi

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 27, 2011

J-AIR

Komaki = Kumamoto

Suspension of 3 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 27, 2011

J-AIR

Sapporo = Yamagata

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

J-AIR

Kansai (Osaka) = Fukuoka

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

J-AIR

Itami (Osaka) = Misawa

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAL / J-AIR

Itami = Matsuyama

Suspension of 5 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAC

Hiroshimanishi = Miyazaki

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

Closure of Hiroshimanishi office

JAC

Hiroshimanishi = Kagoshima

Suspension of 3 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAC

Kagoshima = Okayama

Suspension of 2 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAC

Kagoshima = Takamatsu

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JAC

Naha (Okinawa) = Matsuyama

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Oct 31, 2010

JTA

Sapporo = Izumo

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 27, 2011

Operated annually during July and August only.

JAL / J-AIR

Sapporo = Tokushima

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Mar 27, 2011

Sapporo = Kushiro*

Suspension of 6 daily roundtrip flights.

To be excluded from JAL Group operations*

HAC

Sapporo = Hakodate*

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Operated annually from December to March only.

HAC

Okadama = Hakodate*

Suspension of 3 daily roundtrip flights.

Closure of Okadama office

HAC

Okadama = Kushiro*

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

HAC

Hakodate = Asahikawa*

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

HAC

Hakodate = Kushiro*

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

HAC

Hakodate = Okushiri*

Suspension of 1 daily roundtrip flights.

Closure of Okushiri office

HAC



*The JAL Group is considering to reduce its stake in HAC following which HAC operated flights will not be considered part of JAL Group operations.

** Operators: JTA - Japan TransOcean Air, JEX - JAL Express, JAC - Japan Air Commuter, RAC - Ryuku Air Commuter

 

B2. Flight frequency reduction (from October 1, 2010)

Route

Details

Remarks

Operator

Kansai = Fukuoka

Decrease from 2 to 1 daily roundtrip flights

Service suspension from Oct 31, 2010.

JAL / J-AIR

Kansai =Sapporo

Decrease from 5 to 3 daily roundtrip flights

Kansai = Naha

Decrease from 5 to 4 daily roundtrip flights

Sapporo = Memanbetsu

Decrease from 4 to 3 daily roundtrip flights

JAL / J-AIR / HAC

Sapporo = Aomori

Decrease from 2 to 1 daily roundtrip flights

2 daily flights from Oct 31, 2010.

JAL / J-AIR

Chubu = Sapporo

Decrease from 6 to 4 daily roundtrip flights

Chubu = Kagoshima

Decrease from 3 to 1 daily roundtrip flights

Service suspension from Oct 31, 2010.

JEX

Komaki = Akita

Decrease from 2 to 1 daily roundtrip flights

2 daily flights from Oct 31, 2010.
Service suspension from Mar 1, 2011.

JAL / J-AIR

Komaki = Matsuyama

Decrease from 2 to 1 daily roundtrip flights

2 daily flights from Oct 31, 2010.
Service suspension from Mar 1, 2011.

Komaki = Fukuoka

Decrease from 5 to 4 daily roundtrip flights

Service suspension from Oct 31, 2010.

Komaki = Kumamoto

Decrease from 3 to 2 daily roundtrip flights

3 daily flights from Oct 31, 2010.
Service suspension from Mar 27, 2011.

Fukuoka = Naha

Decrease from 6 to 5 daily roundtrip flights

JAL / J-AIR / JTA

Fukuoka = Sendai

Decrease from 3 to 2 daily roundtrip flights

JAL / J-AIR



* Flight frequency reduction plans for beyond October 31 is planned to be announced at the end of August 2010.

END

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