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JAL EXPANDS JAPAN-CHINA NETWORK

March 7 2005: Tokyo: Japan Airlines continues to expand its Japan-China network with a host of new services starting from this month, ensuring that Japan's biggest airline has the most extensive network between Japan and China From July 2005, JAL's Japan-China network will expand to include 13 cities in China served by 29 routes and 237 flights per week. Including domestic code share flights within China and connection services, the number of cities in China accessed by JAL will total 20.

  • From March 27 JAL will expand its connection services through Beijing to six additional cities in China, in cooperation with China Southern Airlines These cities include Harbin, Changchun, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang and Urumqi.

  • These connection services, under the name of JAL China Express, provide smooth and convenient connections, including the use of lounges at Beijing and escort service from the arrival gate to the check-in counter of the connection flight by airport staff, for normal fare passengers traveling beyond Beijing.

  • JAL already has JAL China Express connection services in place with Hainan Airlines beyond Beijing to Chengdu, Xian and Chongqing. The new agreement with China Southern expands the total number of Chinese cities served through JAL China Express to nine points.

  • From May 9 JAL and Xiamen Airlines have agreed to expand their code share agreement by adding three weekly roundtrip flights between Osaka's Kansai International Airport and Xiamen (Amoy) with Xiamen Airlines as the operating carrier. JAL and Xiamen Airlines already operate three weekly round trip flights between Tokyo and Xiamen with JAL as the operating carrier. (Government approved).

  • Also, in mid May, JAL and Hainan Airlines plan to expand their code share flights with a new daily flight between Beijing and Chengdu, operated by Hainan Airlines and a daily Tokyo (Haneda)-Osaka (Kansai) flight operated by JAL. JAL and Hainan Airlines started a code share flight on the Osaka-Haikou route on October 31 last year with Hainan Airlines as the operating carrier. (Domestic code share flights with Hainan Ailrines are subject to government approval).

As a result of these innovations, from July 2005, JAL's Japan-China network expands to include 13 cities in China served by 29 routes and 237 flights per week. Including domestic code share flights within China and connection services, the number of cities with JAL access totals 20 cities.

Synopsis of JAL links with Chinese airlines

CHINA EASTERN

First code share September 2002 on the Tokyo-Shanghai route. Now eight routes code shared, as follows:

Now eight routes code shared

TOKYO-SHANGHAI - mutual operation (both carriers)

OSAKA-SHANGHAI - mutual

NAGOYA-SHNGHAI - mutual

TOKYO-QINGDAO - JAL operating carrier

OSAKA-QINGDAO-mutual

NAGOYA-BEIJING - China Eastern operating carrier

OSAKA-KUNMING - China Eastern operating carrier

SAPPORO-SHANGHAI - China Eastern operating carrier

CHINA SOUTHERN

From March 2003, with first code share on the Tokyo-Guangzhou route

Five code shares now in place

TOKYO-GUANGZHOU mutual operation

OSAKA-GUANGZHOU mutual

TOKYO-BEIJING - JAL operating carrier

TOKYO-SHENYANG - China Southern operating carrier

OSAKA-SHENYANG - China Southern operating carrier.

Now expanded further from March 27 2005 with JAL China Express connections via Beijing to: Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Urumqi.

HAINAN AIRLINES

From November 2003, connection services started between Beijing and Chengdu and Xian, followed by Beijing-Chongqing from March 2004 and Osaka (KIX) Haikou from October 2004.

To be expanded from May 2005 with code share agreement for: Beijing-Chengdu (Hainan Airlines operation) and Osaka (KIX)- Tokyo (Haneda) operated by JAL.

XIAMEN AIRLINES

From May 9, 2005, existing code share Tokyo-Xiamen (JAL operation) will be expanded by additional code share Osaka-Xiamen (Xiamen Airlines operation).

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