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JAL Decreases International Fare Fuel Surcharge from April 1, 2009

TokyoFebruary 20, 2009: Today the JAL Group requested approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), to decrease the fuel surcharge placed on all international passenger tickets issued for the 3-month period starting April 1, 2009.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has decided to decrease the fuel surcharge for tickets issued between April 1 and June 30 2009, as the price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the 3 month period from November 2008 to January 2009 averaged USD$64.22 per barrel. This is substantially down from the average of US$115.92 per barrel for the 3-month period prior to that.        

Based on JAL’s new fuel surcharge benchmark list for FY2009 (see bottom for list), the new surcharges have decreased substantially by a range of 75% to 92% compared to surcharges levied in the period before. The new surcharges per person per sector flown on tickets purchased in Japan now range from 200 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket, to 6,500 yen on a Japan- Brazil ticket. For a ticket from Japan to Canada, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, Oceania or USA (excluding Hawaii), surcharges will go down from 22,000 yen to 3,500 yen.

The surcharge will be progressively reduced as the price of fuel decreases, and will be cancelled when the price of Singapore kerosene stays below the benchmark of US$60.00 per barrel for a consecutive period of 3 months.

The fuel surcharge charged for tickets issued from July to September 2009 will be reviewed based on the average price of fuel for the 3-month period of February through to April, 2009.

The company will continue conducting a wide range of countermeasures such as fuel hedging, fuel consumption reductions, and introducing more fuel-efficient small and medium-sized aircraft to its fleet, in order to limit the full impact of the price fluctuations.

Despite these measures, the company is still reluctantly obliged to ask its international passengers to bear part of the burden caused by unstable fluctuations and unprecedented high levels in the price of fuel over the past few years. 

JAL originally introduced the fuel surcharge on international tickets in February 2005 in response to rises in the cost of jet fuel at that time.

Fuel Surcharge Revision (April 01 - June 30, 2009)*

Route

Current Level

Zone F (As of Jan 01, 2009)

Revised Level

Zone A (From Apr 01,2009)

(Per person per sector flown)

For sales in Japan

For sales outside Japan

For sales in Japan

For sales outside Japan

Japan-Korea

2,500

US$23.00

200

US$2.00

Japan-China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

6,000

US$56.00

500

US$5.00

Japan- Guam, Philippines, Vietnam

7,500

US$70.00

1,000

US$10.00

Japan- Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

12,500

US$116.00

1,500

US$15.00

Japan- Hawaii, India, Indonesia

14,500

US$135.00

2,000

US$20.00

Japan- Canada, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, Oceania, USA (exc Hawaii)

22,000

US$204.00

3,500

US$34.00

Japan-Brazil

26,000

US$246.00

6,500

US$64.00

Vancouver - Mexico City

2,000

US$19.00

500

US$5.00

New YorkSan Paulo

6,000

US$57.00

3,000

US$30.00

Within Europe, Oceania (excludes those specified above/ includes some domestic sectors)

1,500

US$14.00

300

US$3.00

AmsterdamMadrid

2,000

US$19.00

500

US$5.00

Within Asia, Hawaii, North America, (excludes those specified above/ includes some domestic sectors)

400

US$6.00

100

US$1.00

*Fuel surcharges may differ depending on the country in which the ticket is sold. Full details at www.jal.co.jp/en/other/info2006_0714.html

- Fuel surcharge levels are set based on the flight distance for each sector.

- Applicable to all international passenger tickets issued on or after April 01 to June 30, 2009.

- The surcharge applies to flights operated by Japan Airlines and its subsidiaries, including JAL code-share flights operated by other airlines.

- The same amounts apply to adult/child fares. Infants without a seat are exempted from the fuel surcharge.. The surcharges also apply to frequent flyer program international award tickets issued to members of the JAL Mileage Bank.

- In the case of refunds, the fuel surcharge will be refunded in full and no cancellation or refund charge will be applied.

- The planned extended but decreased level of the fuel surcharge is subject to government approval.

 

Fuel Surcharge Benchmark List for Fiscal Year 2009(for the year ending Mar 31, 2010)

For the convenience of customers and travel agents, the following chart provides details of the fuel price benchmarks (US$/bbl) JAL uses to determine the amount of fuel surcharge (JPY) placed on tickets per person per sector flown. For full details please refer to http://www.jal.co.jp/en/other/info2006_0714_3.htm

Benchmark List

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

Fuel Price (US$/bbl)

Singapore Kerosene Hedge

From US$60 - under US$70

From US$70 - under US$80

From US$80 - under US$90

From US$90 - under US$100

From US$100 - under US$110

From US$110 - under US$120

From US$120 - under US$130

JapanKorea

200

300

500

1,000

1,500

2,000

2,500

JapanChina, Hong Kong, Taiwan

500

1,500

2,500

3,500

4,500

5,500

7,000

Japan - Guam, Philippines, Vietnam

1,000

2,000

3,000

4,000

5,000

6,500

8,000

JapanMalaysia, Singapore, Thailand

1,500

3,000

4,500

6,500

8,500

10,500

13,000

JapanHawaii, India, Indonesia

2,000

4,000

6,000

8,500

11,000

13,500

16,000

Japan - Canada, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, Oceania, USA (excluding Hawaii)

3,500

7,000

10,500

14,000

17,500

21,000

25,000

JapanBrazil

6,500

10,000

13,500

17,000

21,000

25,000

29,000

 

About Japan Airlines

The JAL Group is Asia’s biggest airline group in terms of sales revenues and 2nd largest in Asia in terms of passengers carried annually. JAL Group airlines serve 214 airports in 33 countries and territories, including 60 airports in Japan. The international network covers over 240 passenger routes and 27 cargo routes, and the domestic network covers 156 routes.

 

With around 23,000 employees in the air transport segment, JAL Group operates a fleet of some 270 aircraft including Boeing 747s and  B777s and is now in the process of a major fleet renewal, introducing more fuel-efficient small and medium aircraft such as the B737 New Generation series and in the future the new high-tech Boeing 787 “Dreamliner”

 

JAL First Class offers fully reclining Skysleeper or New Skysleeper Solo seats. “JAL Executive Class - Seasons,” introduces the concept of “quality time” spent on board and features the award-winning JAL Shell Flat Seat that reclines to almost the horizontal and provides a high degree of personal privacy. From December 2007 JAL started offering JAL Premium Economy on key business routes, and from August 2008 started introducing on US routes a luxurious new suite to JAL First Class and the JAL Shell NEO, a leading-edge seat for JAL Executive Class.

 

Top quality in-flight service has always been the hallmark of JAL’s reputation. Cuisine offered in all classes is a combination of Western and Asian food. JAL carries a fine selection of award-winning wines and sake in First Class and JAL Executive Class - Seasons, JAL’s business class. Quality in-flight entertainment systems are a feature of JAL’s international fleet aircraft.

 

A member of the oneworld global alliance since April 2007, JAL offers customers many benefits, such as the JAL Mileage Bank frequent flier program.

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