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JAL Applies for Decreases in International Cargo Fuel Surcharge

Tokyo, March 11, 2009: Japan Airlines (JAL) filed with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for a decrease in fuel surcharge for international cargo flights departing Japan, with effect from April 01, 2009.

 

The international cargo fuel surcharge on long-haul international routes for flights departing Japan will decrease from 115 yen to 31 yen per kg. In the case of medium-haul international routes, the surcharge will decrease from 99 to 27 yen per kg, and on short-haul routes from 83 yen to 23 yen per kg, representing an overall reduction of up to 27% on all routes.

 

In addition, JAL has also filed with the MLIT to revise the procedure of setting its fuel surcharge levels. At present, adjustments are made 4 times a year (once every three months) using an index calculated from a three-month average fuel price of Singapore kerosene reported by the U.S Department of Energy (DOE). Starting from April 01, 2009, JAL will adjust its fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis by using the one-month average fuel price of Singapore kerosene of the month before last. As the average fuel price of Singapore kerosene in February 2009 was US$52.77 per barrel, the benchmark fuel price used for calculation of the fuel surcharge level in April will be US$50.00 per barrel (refer to table below), resulting in the fuel surcharge reduction mentioned above.

 

JAL is conducting a wide range of countermeasures to limit the full impact of high fuel costs including fuel hedging, fuel consumption reductions, and the introduction of more fuel-efficient medium-sized aircraft to its freighter fleet. Despite these measures, the company is still reluctantly obliged to ask its international cargo customers to bear part of the burden caused by the unprecedented increase in the price of fuel over the past few years.

 

 

International Cargo Surcharge

Benchmark

Fuel Price

(US$/bbl)

Surcharge by Route (per kg)

1. Long-haul Routes

Japan - Americas, Europe, Middle East Africa

2. Medium-haul Routes

All routes other than those mentioned in 1 & 3

3. Short-haul Routes

China, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines Taiwan,

160.00

185

159

133

155.00

178

153

128

150.00

171

147

123

145.00

164

141

118

140.00

157

135

113

135.00

150

129

108

130.00

143

123

103

125.00

136

117

98

120.00

129

111

93

115.00

122

105

88

Current Level = 110.00

115

99

83

105.00

108

93

78

100.00

101

87

73

95.00

94

81

68

90.00

87

75

63

85.00

80

69

58

80.00

73

63

53

75.00

66

57

48

70.00

59

51

43

65.00

52

45

38

60.00

45

39

33

55.00

38

33

28

Revised level = 50.00

31

27

23

45.00

24

21

18

40.00

17

15

13

35.00

10

9

8

Below 35.00

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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 Boeing 777s 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 Japanese 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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