～Enhance customers’ convenience and comfort to achieve Customer Satisfaction No. 1～
TOKYO January 20, 2016: JAL Group (JAL) today announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for FY2016 (ending March 2017).
In regards to the airline’s international network, JAL will continue to expand the availability of aircraft featuring well-received JAL SKY SUITE configured aircraft (*1), under the theme of raising the notches one class above all cabin services. Additionally, the airline will be introducing Premium Economy service on more international routes in order to further deliver enhanced convenience and comfort to customers.
Furthermore, JAL will increase flight frequency from 3 to 4 round-trip flights weekly between Tokyo (Narita) and Moscow (Domodedovo) between March 27 and June 30, 2016, and increase to 5 round-trip flights weekly from July 1 to October 29, 2016, to meet an increase in travel demand during those periods.
In regards to the airline’s domestic network, JAL will adjust its flight frequency plan on select Japan-domestic routes to meet seasonal demand primarily to and from Tokyo (Haneda), and the airline will continue to expand its JAL SKY NEXT service (*2) onto more domestic routes, under the theme of Pioneering Standard. Additionally, New jet fleet of Embraer 190 (E190) with Class J service (*3) will be introduced on Osaka (Itami) = Kagoshima route operated by J-Air Corporation (J AIR), the JAL Group’s 100% owned regional airline subsidiary, and will serve on more routes of J AIR progressively, to increase the customers’ comfort on its Itami hub.
In addition, JAL will maintain the operation of two daily flights between Haneda and Yamagata following the approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).
About the other regional networks, the JAL Group will retain the seasonal operations on the related routes, and maintain the same capacity as it in FY2015. Additionally, the serving fleet on select routes will be changed from propeller-driven aircraft to regional jets.
On its remote island network in the Okinawa region, the JAL Group will introduce the Bombardier DHC-8-400 cargo combi aircraft, which has 2.5 times more space in the cargo compartment than that in the current aircraft. This new aircraft will serve on the scheduled routes to meet the increasing demand of passengers and cargo, and contribute to regional tourism promotion and industrial development.
The JAL Group will continue to embrace new challenges to improve its network and enhance the quality of products and services to provide customers with more travel convenience and comfort.
The following plans and schedules are subject to government approval.
(*1) For more information about JAL SKY SUITE aircraft, please visit https://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/
(*2) For more information about JAL SKY NEXT service, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/skynext/
(*3) For more information about the Embraer 190, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/dom/fare/jair/(Japanese only)
1. Flight Frequency Increase
(*4) The flight numbers will be JL441/442 between March 27 and 31, 2016.
2. Flight Schedule Change
(*5) The Dep. and Arr. time of JL416 (Paris - Narita) will not be changed. (Paris Dep. 21:55/Narita Arr.16:30 on the next day (Local Time))
3. Aircraft Type Change
【Boeing 777-200ERs with JAL SKY SUITE cabin interiors】
JAL’s Boeing 777-200ERs will be revamped with JAL SKY SUITE cabin interiors. Business Class will be retrofitted with fully-flat seats. Premium Economy Class will be introduced with JAL SKY PREMIUM seats, and Economy Class will be equipped with well-received JAL SKY WIDER seats. The revamped aircraft will be progressively introduced on Southeast Asia routes, mainly on Haneda = Bangkok and Haneda = Singapore routes from summer 2016, and on Honolulu routes from winter. More details about the new cabin configuration and serving routes will be informed as soon as the launch schedule has been finalized.
【Boeing 787-9s and Premium Economy service on more international routes】
JAL SKY SUITE 787 (Boeing 787-9) will be introduced onto Narita=Boston route from June 11, 2016, and onto Narita = Kuala Lumpur route from September 11, 2016. Fully-flat seats will be available in Business Class on the Narita = Boston route for the first time.
To meet the increasing demand for Premium Economy Class service, Premium Economy service will be introduced onto the above two routes, and also onto Narita = Honolulu, Osaka (Kansai) = Honolulu, Nagoya (Chubu) = Honolulu, as well as current Haneda = Honolulu routes.
(*6) JL007 will start to be operated by SS9 from June 12, 2016.
(*7) Reservations and Sales of JL723/724’s Premium Economy Service are scheduled to be available in early February.
【The Other Aircraft Type Change】
The adjustment of aircraft types on select routes will be expected to achieve better balance between supply and demand. The Boeing 787-8s fitted with Shell Flat-Neo seats in Business Class will be introduced onto Haneda = Beijing (JL025/020), Narita = Hong Kong and Narita = Taipei (Taoyuan) routes
(*8) JL020 will start to be operated by 787-8 from March 28, 2016.
(*9) JL736 will start to be operated by 787-8 from April 1, 2016.
(*10) JL090 will start to be operated by 787-8 between June 2 and September 1, 2016.
(*11) JL802 will start to be operated by 787-8 from July 2, 2016.
1. Seasonal Operations (continued)
2. Flight Frequency Increase
3. Flight Frequency Decrease
(*12) Temporary suspension due to runway maintenance work at Misawa Airport
(*13) Aircraft type will be changed to Embraer 170 for all flights from July 2016. Currently Embraer 170 serves 3 daily flights and the other 4 daily flights are operated by Bombardier DHC8-Q400.
*Please see the attached file.