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  • January 19, 2017

The JAL Group Announces Flight Frequency and Fleet Plans for FY2017

- Highlights Include New International Tokyo (Haneda) = New York (John F. Kennedy) Service from April 1

- Class J Service Expanded onto More Japan-domestic Routes

 

The JAL Group (JAL) today announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for fiscal year 2017 (ending March 31, 2018).

On international routes, JAL will launch new non-stop daily service between Tokyo-Haneda (HND) and New York (JFK) from April 1, 2017, using a Haneda daytime international slot. The new service is being offered to enhance customer convenience and to provide greater access to and from Japan-domestic connecting flights at Haneda Airport.

On JAL’s daily flight departing in the evening from Tokyo-Narita (NRT) to New York (JFK), the airline will increase capacity by adjusting the aircraft type from a Boeing 787-8 (SS8) to a Boeing 777-300ER (SS7), which offers a four-class configuration including First Class (*1).

To better match the expected increase in demand between Japan and Russia following Russia’s relaxation of visa requirements from January 2017, JAL will increase Narita = Moscow (DME) service to a daily operation from July through October. This April concurrently marks JAL’s 50th anniversary of Moscow service. The airline will continue to contribute to the further development of bilateral exchange.

Additionally, with strong passenger demand in recent years on Japan = Hawaii routes and to improve the airlines overall Hawaii network, JAL will increase the number of flights to Honolulu from Narita and Osaka-Kansai (KIX) during the high demand season to five flights daily between Narita and Honolulu, and twice daily between Kansai and Honolulu. JAL will also offer its well-received First Class service between Narita and Honolulu (JL780/789) during the summer high demand season to meet needs of customers.

On Japan-domestic routes, aircraft revamps(*2) have been completed to feature the latest JAL SKY NEXT(*3) cabin interiors. JAL will continually improve the quality of its products and services. The airline will also implement necessary adjustments to its domestic fleet plan mainly on Haneda routes to better meet seasonal demands.

JAL will also expand Embraer 190 operations, which feature Class J and Free Wi-Fi Video Program services(*4) primarily on regional flights to and from Osaka-Itami (ITM) to deliver greater customer convenience and comfort. On Japan Air Commuter (JAC) flights operating between Kagoshima and remote islands, new ATR42-600 aircraft will be gradually introduced from late-April. On Okinawa (Naha) routes, the airline will use the Boeing 737-800 with the latest JAL SKY NEXT cabin interiors. On routes connecting to and from remote islands in the Okinawa region, the airline will gradually introduce the Bombardier DHC-8-400CC aircraft, which features a cargo-passenger combi configuration and larger cargo compartments, in order to meet growing passenger and cargo demands.

Regarding other Japan-domestic routes, the JAL Group will retain seasonal operations on select routes, which the airline resumed in FY2014, and will maintain the same capacity offered in FY2016 in cooperation with all interested parties in each of the regions served. Furthermore, the airline will continue to replace propeller-driven aircraft with regional jets on select routes in order to improve seat capacity, stimulate leisure demand, and contribute to revitalization of regional economies.

The JAL Group will continue to embrace new challenges in order to deliver greater customer convenience and comfort, provide an enhanced network, and improve the quality of its products and services.

# The following plans and schedules are subject to government approval.

(*1) For more information about JAL SKY SUITE aircraft, please visit www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/

(*2) Domestic Boeing 777-300s, Boeing 777-200s, Boeing 767-300s and Boeing 737-800s (excluding Japan Transocean Air’s fleet)

(*3) For more information about JAL SKY NEXT service, please visit www.jal.co.jp/en/skynext/

(*4) For more details, please visit press release: http://press.jal.co.jp/en/release/201604/003841.html

International Network

Launch of Haneda = New York (JFK) Route

New service with a morning departure and evening arrival at Haneda Airport will provide customers with same day connections to domestic flights to and from 27 destinations in Japan.

Route

Flight No.

Dep. Time

(Local Time)

Arr. Time

(Local Time)

Days of Operations

Aircraft

Effective Period (*5)

Haneda - New York (JFK)

JL006

10:40

10:35

Daily

777-300ER

(SS7)

April 1, 2017 ~

New York (JFK) - Haneda

JL005

13:10

16:25+1

Daily

777-300ER

(SS7)

April 1, 2017 ~

(*5) Between May and August 2017, Arr. Time of JL006 will be ten minutes later and Dep. Time of JL005 will be 15 minutes later.

 Aircraft Type and Flight Frequency Changes on Narita = New York (JFK) Route

With the launch of Haneda = New York (JFK) service, Narita = New York (JFK) service will be decreased from 14 weekly to 7 weekly flights, JL004/003 will maintain an evening departure and afternoon arrival at Narita Airport, and the operating aircraft will be changed from a Boeing 787-8 (SS8) to a Boeing 777-300ER (SS7) (*6) with an increased number of seats in every class in response to the rapid growth of demand between North America and Asia. Additionally, JAL will provide First Class service on this flight to better meet diverse needs of customers.

Route

Flight No.

Dep. Time

(Local Time)

Arr. Time

(Local Time)

Days of Operations

Aircraft

Effective Period (*7)

Narita - New York (JFK)

JL004

18:25

18:20

Daily

777-300ER

(SS7)

April 1, 2017 ~

New York (JFK) - Narita

JL003

11:30

14:40+1

Daily

777-300ER

(SS7)

April 1, 2017 ~

(*6) JL004 will be operated by 777-300ER (SS7) from March 26, and JL003 will be operated by 777-300ER (SS7) from March 27.

(*7) Between May and August 2017, Dep. Time of JL004 will be ten minutes earlier and Dep. Time of JL003 will be ten minutes later.

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<<Transpacific Network>>

Flight Frequency Change

Given Russia’s relaxation of visa requirements, JAL decided to increase flight frequency on the Narita =Moscow (DME) route from the current 3 weekly flights to 5 weekly flights from March 26 through June 30, and JAL will start daily operation from July 1(4 weekly flights operated from Oct. 29).

The Honolulu flights to and from Haneda (current flight numbers: JL080/089) will be changed to Narita = Honolulu flights (JL780/789), starting April 1. With this adjustment, JAL will operate 4 daily flights between Narita and Honolulu. Furthermore, JAL will increase flight frequency on Narita = Honolulu route to 5 daily flights during the period with high demand. Additionally the airline will increase flight frequency on the Kansai = Honolulu route to 2 daily flights during Golden Week holidays and summer high demand season. (*8)

Route

Details

Flight No.

Effective Period

Aircraft

Remarks

Narita = Moscow (DME)

Increase from 3 to 5 weekly

JL421/422

March 26 ~ June 30, 2017

787-8

(SS8)

Mo, We, Fr, Sa, Su

Increase from 5 to 7 weekly

July 1 ~ Oct 28, 2017

Daily

Decrease from 7 to 4 weekly

Oct 29, 2017 ~

Mo, We, Fr, Su

Narita = Honolulu

Increase from 21 to 28 weekly

JL780/789

April 1, 2017 ~

777-200ER

Operated by SS2 occasionally

Increase from 28 to 35 weekly

JL8782/8781

April 26 ~ September 14, 2017

787-8

(SS8)

Daily

Increase from 28 to 29 weekly

September 30 ~ October 27, 2017

787-8

(SS8)

Sa (Fr at Honolulu)

Kansai = Honolulu

Increase from 7 to 14 weekly

JL8792/8791

April 27 ~ May 7, 2017

787-8

Daily

July 13 ~ August 26, 2017

787-8

(SS8)

Increase from 7 to 13 weekly

September 30 ~ October 27, 2017

787-8

(SS8)

Excluding Sa (Fr at Honolulu)

(*8) Departure and arrival Times are as follows:

JL780         Narita – Honolulu          Dep. Time   20:45 (21:00/Apr 27 ~ May 7)            Arr. Time 08:50 (9:05/Apr 27 ~ May 7; 9:15/Jun ~ Sep)

JL789        Honolulu – Narita          Dep. Time   14:50 (15:20/Jun ~ Sep)                   Arr. Time 18:30+1

JL8782      Narita – Honolulu          Dep. Time   19:00 (19:15/Jun ~ Sep)                    Arr. Time 07:20 (07:55/Jun ~ Sep)

JL8781      Honolulu – Narita          Dep. Time   09:20 (09:45/Jun ~ Sep)                   Arr. Time 13:05+1

JL8792      Kansai – Honolulu        Dep. Time   19:05 (18:20/Jul ~ Sep; 18:40/Oct)   Arr. Time 07:50+1 (07:25/Jul ~ Oct)

JL8791      Honolulu – Kansai        Dep. Time   10:25 (10:20/July ~ Sep)                  Arr. Time 14:45+1 (14:10/Jul ~ Sep)

 

Aircraft Change

Catering to high demand in summer in Europe, JAL will change aircraft types on the Narita = Helsinki route from the Boeing 787-8 (SS8) to the Boeing 787-9 (SS9). For Narita = Honolulu service (JL780/789), the airline will introduce JAL SKY SUITE configured Boeing 777-300ER and offer First Class service from August 4 through 15. To balance overall supply and demand, JAL will adjust aircraft types on Narita = Sydney, Narita = Jakarta and Narita = Delhi routes in order to improve profitability.

 Route

Effective Period

Flight No.

Details

Remarks

Narita = Helsinki

March 26, 2017 ~

JL413/414

787-8(SS8) to 787-9(SS9)

 

Narita = Honolulu

August 4 ~ 15, 2017

JL780/789

777-200ER to 777-300ER(SS7)

(*9)

Narita = Sydney

March 26, 2017 (*12) ~

JL771/772

777-300ER(SS7) to 787-9(SS9)

(*10)

Narita = Jakarta

March 26, 2017 (*13) ~

JL725/726

777-300ER(SS7) to 787-9(SS9)

(*10)

JL729/720

787-8(SS8) to 767-300ER(SS6)

(*11)

Narita = Delhi

March 26 ~ October 28, 2017

JL749/740

787-9(SS9) to 787-8(SS8)

 

Haneda = Guangzhou

March 27, 2017 ~

JL087/088

767-300ER(SS6) to 787-8(SS8)

 

Narita = Shanghai (PVG)

March 26, 2017 (*14) ~

JL873/876

767-300ER to 787-8

 

JL879/872

 

Haneda = Beijing

August 1, 2017 (*15) ~

JL025/020

787-8 to 767-300ER

 

Narita = Beijing

March 26 ~ May 31, 2017 (*16)

JL869/860

737-800 to 767-300ER

 

Haneda =Taipei (TSA)

August 2, 2017 ~

JL097/098

767-300ER to 787-8

 

(*9) First Class service is available.

(*10) First Class service is not available.

(*11) Premium Economy service is not available.

(*12) Aircraft of JL772 will be changed from March 27.

(*13) Aircraft of JL720 will be changed from March 27.

(*14) Aircraft of JL872 will be changed from March 27.

(*15) Aircraft of JL020 will be changed from August 2

(*16) Aircraft of JL772 will be changed from March 27 through June 1. JL860 will be operated by 787-8 on March 26.

 

Flight Suspension

 Route

Flight No.

Effective Period

Details

Haneda = Honolulu

JL080/089

April 1, 2017 ~

7 weekly to 0 weekly flight

(Departure and arrival airport of these flights in Japan will be changed from Haneda to Narita, and the flight numbers will be changed to JL780/789.)

Domestic Network

Seasonal Services Continued

 Route

Details

Effective Period

Osaka (Itami) = Matsumoto

1 daily flight

August 1 ~ 31, 2017

Osaka (Itami) = Memanbetsu

1 daily flight

July 22 ~ August 29, 2017

Sapporo (New Chitose) = Izumo

4 weekly flights

August 1 ~ 31, 2017 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

Sapporo (New Chitose) = Tokushima

3 weekly flights

August 1 ~ 31, 2017 (Tu, Th, Sa)

Nagoya (Chubu) = Kushiro

3 weekly flights

August 1 ~ 31, 2017 (Tu, Th, Sa)

Nagoya (Chubu) = Obihiro

4 weekly flights

August 1 ~ 31, 2017 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

 

Flight Frequency Increase

 Route

Details

Effective Period

Remarks

Tokyo (Haneda) = Aomori

6 daily to 8 daily flights

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017

 

Osaka (Itami) = Aomori

3 daily to 4 daily flights

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017

 

Sapporo (Okadama) = Rishiri

1 daily to 2 daily flights

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017 (Mo, Sa, Su)

(*17)

Sapporo (Okadama) = Hakodate

6 daily to 7 daily flights

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017 (Tu, We, Th, Fr)

(*17)

Osaka (Itami) = Sapporo (New Chitose)

4 daily to 5 daily flights

July 1 ~ October 9, 2017

(*18)

Okayama = Okinawa(Naha)

1 daily to 2 daily flights

April 19 ~ May 26, 2017

(*17)

Kagoshima = Yakushima

3 daily to 4 daily flights

April 15 ~ 30, 2017

 

4 daily to 5 daily flights

May 1 ~ July 31, 2017

 

5 daily to 6 daily flights

August 1 ~ October 28, 2017

 

Kagoshima = Okinoerabu

2 daily to 3 daily flights

April 15 ~ October 28, 2017

 

(*17) For the latest information, please check www.jal.co.jp/en

(*18) Flight frequency will be increased from 5 daily to 6 daily flights from July 15 through August 31 during summer period.

 

Flight Frequency Decrease

 Route

Details

Effective Period

Remarks

Tokyo (Haneda) = Sapporo (New Chitose)

17 daily to 16 daily flights

March 26 ~ May 10, 2017

July 5 ~ October 28, 2017

 

Tokyo (Haneda) = Misawa

3 daily to 0 daily flight

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017

(*19)

Osaka(Itami) = Misawa

1 daily to 0 daily flight

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017

(*19)

Sapporo (Okadama) = Misawa

1 daily 0 daily flight

May 11 ~ July 4, 2017

(*19)

Osaka(Itami) = Fukuoka

4 daily to 3 daily flights

July 1 ~ October 9, 2017

 

(*19)The Related flights will be temporarily suspended during runway construction at Misawa Airport.

 

【Aircraft Change】

<Routes Operated by Embraer 190>

 Route

Effective Period

Tokyo (Haneda) = Nanki-Shirahama

Introduced gradually from August 2017

Tokyo (Haneda) = Miyazaki

August 2017 ~

Osaka(Itami) = Akita

July 1 ~ October 9, 2017

Osaka(Itami) = Niigata

Introduced gradually from June 2017

Osaka(Itami) = Miyazaki

Introduced gradually from May 2017

Niigata = Sapporo(New Chitose)

Introduced gradually from June 2017

 

<Routes Operated by Embraer 170>

Route

Effective Period

Fukuoka = Matsuyama

May 2017 ~

Fukuoka = Amami Oshima

August 2017 ~

Kagoshima = Amami Oshima

Introduced gradually from August 2017

 

<Routes Operated by Boeing 737-800>

 Route

Effective Period

Tokyo (Haneda) = Ishigaki

July 15 ~ August 31, 2017

 

<Routes Operated by ATR42-600>

Route

Effective Period

Kagoshima = Amami Oshima

Introduced gradually from April 2017

Kagoshima = Yakushima

Introduced from May through July 2017

Kagoshima = Okinoerabu

Introduced gradually from April 2017

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