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JAL to expand Wi-Fi service on its Boeing 767-300 ERs and 787-8 Dreamliners

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has been introducing its in-flight Wi-Fi service since July 2012 with its Boeing 777-300 ERs. The airline will start to include Boeing 767-300 ERs and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to introducing its  JAL SKY Wi-Fi service on more Europe, North America and long-haul Asia routes from March 3, 2015.

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Under the theme of “Embrace new Challenges,” JAL is striving to introduce more innovative products and services to its customers.

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From March 2015, JAL SKY Wi-Fi, in-flight internet service (paid service) will be expanded on both international and domestic routes. JAL will support onboard passengers to have seamless connectivity in the air just as they can on the ground.

Starting April 2015, JAL will provide customers with the latest Hollywood and Japanese movies and series of TV dramas on international routes. Well-received SKY MANGA will be available on the airline’s Boeing 787s in both Japanese and English in order to introducing the culture of Japanese manga.

On JAL domestic routes, Wi-Fi video service will be increased to 10 programs, and these free programs are available for watching through your own wireless LAN capable devices.

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Japan Airlines finalizes its order fro 32 Mitsubishi Regional Jets for J-Air

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JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has finalized its order with Mitsubishi for 32 Mitsubishi MRJ70 and MRJ90 regional jets (MRJs). This finalizes the Letter of Intent (LOI) announced on August 28, 2014. The aircraft will be operated by subsidiary J-Air (Nagoya).

Mitsubishi issued this statement:

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (Mitsubishi Aircraft) announced they have signed an agreement for the purchase of thirty-two firm Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft. JAL and Mitsubishi Aircraft signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on August 28, 2014, and have moved forward to conclude this agreement on January 28, 2015.

JAL highly evaluates the performance of the next-generation MRJ aircraft and Mitsubishi Aircraft’s proposals for operational support following deliveries. Thus far, 407 MRJ (223 firm, 160 option, 24 purchase rights) are on order, including 32 from JAL. Deliveries to JAL are scheduled to commence in 2021.

J-Air Corporation (J-Air), the JAL Group’s 100% owned regional airline subsidiary, will operate the 32 MRJ aircraft.

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Japan Airlines to introduce the “JAL Sky Suite 787″ on its 787-9s in July, announces its schedule and aircraft plans

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 with an all-new cabin interior, called JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS9), on the Tokyo (Narita) – Jakarta route (JL725/JL726) from July 2015.

JAL SKY SUITE 787 logo

The SS9 will adopt a similar three-class configuration as the airline’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, called JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS8) aircraft, which were first introduced in December 2014. SS9 will offer fully-flat JAL SKY SUITE seats in its Business Class and spacious JAL SKY PREMIUM seats in Premium Economy. In Economy Class, JAL SKY WIDER II seats will be installed. JAL will also maintain its existing 2-4-2 configuration in the SS9’s Economy Class, which achieves approx. 5cm wider for each seat width than the common configuration of JAL Economy Class seat on Boeing 787s. Additionally, the seat pitch was increased approximately 5 cm to provide more space and comfort during every journey.

JAL 787 Seating Configurations (LRW)

 

 

JAL 787 Seating Map (LRW)

The company also issued this statement on its upcoming schedules and fleet plans:

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JAL Group (JAL) on January 21 announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for fiscal year 2015 (ending March 31, 2016).

In regards to the airline’s international network, Japan Airlines FY2015 fleet plans include newly added Boeing 787-9s, which will be configured with the airline’s latest cabin interior (JAL SKY SUITE) from July 2015, in addition to the airline’s current JAL SKY SUITE 767/777/787 configured aircraft. The airline will concurrently expand the availability of aircraft featuring JAL SKY WIDER seats in Economy Class on more international routes in order to further deliver improved service to customers.

Furthermore, JAL will increase flight frequency from 3 to 4 round-trip flights weekly between Tokyo (Narita) and Moscow to meet an increase in business travel demand.

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), which will result in the reintroduction of continuous summer operations of six domestic routes to provide enhanced customer convenience. Additionally, the airline’s well-received JAL SKY NEXT service will mainly expand onto more domestic routes to and from Haneda.

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

1. Expanding JAL SKY SUITE Aircraft onto More International Routes

JAL will introduce the Boeing 787-9 with latest cabin interior (indicated as “SS9” in JAL Flight Schedule) onto its international network in FY 2015. The new aircraft will be configured with fully-flat JAL SKY SUITE seats in Business Class, spacious JAL SKY PREMIUM seats in Premium Economy and the well-received JAL SKY WIDER II seats in Economy Class. JAL SKY SUITE aircraft will be available as indicated on the following routes:

Route

Effective Period

Flight No.

Aircraft

Remarks

Narita – Paris

March 29, 2015 ~

JL415/416

787-8

JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS8) (*3)

Narita – Helsinki

June 1, 2015 ~

JL413/414

787-8

JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS8) (*3)

Narita – Jakarta

July 1, 2015 ~

JL725/726

787-9

JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS9) (*4)

Narita – Delhi

March 29, 2015 ~

JL749/740

787-8

JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS8) (*3)

Narita – Honolulu

March 29, 2015 ~

JL784/783

767-300ER

JALSKY SUITE 767 (SS6)

JL786/785

Narita – Manila

March 29, 2015 ~

JL741/742

767-300ER

JAL SKY SUITE 767 (SS6)

June 1, 2015 ~ (*5)

JL745/746

# The schedule for launching the new service is subject to change due to the delivery of aircraft. For latest information, please visit JAL website.
(*3) Premium Economy service will be provided in line with the introduction of SS8 on these routes.
(*4) First Class service will not be available in line with aircraft type changing from JAL SKY SUITE 777 (SS7) to SS9 on this route and SS8 will be operated on this route every Thursday only.
(*5) JL746 will start to be operated by SS6 from June 2, 2015.

2.

Other Aircraft Type Changes Route

Narita – Frankfurt Haneda – Bangkok

Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City Narita – Ho Chi Minh City Narita – Sydney Haneda – Beijing

Haneda – Seoul (Gimpo)

Haneda – Taipei (Songshan)

Kansai – Shanghai (Pudong)

Kansai – Taipei (Taoyuan)

Effective Period

Flight No.

Aircraft

Remarks

March 29 ~ October 24, 2015

JL407/408

787-8 to 777-300ER

(*5)

March 29(*6) ~ June 30, 2015

JL033/032

777-200ER to 787-8

(*7)

July 1, 2015 ~

787-8 to 777-200ER

March 29, 2015 ~

JL079/070

767-300ER to 787-8

March 29, 2015 ~

JL759/750

March 29, 2015 (*8) ~

JL771/772

777-300ER to 777-200ER

(*9)

March 30, 2015 ~

JL021/022

767-300ER to 787-8

March 30, 2015 ~

JL091/092

767-300ER to 787-8

JL093/094

March 29, 2015 ~

JL097/098

777-200ER to 767-300ER

March 29, 2015 ~

JL891/894

767-300ER to 737-800

March 29, 2015 ~

JL813/816

767-300ER to 787-8

(*5) First Class Service will be available in line with introduction of SS7 on this route.
(*6) JL033 will start to be operated by 787-8 from March 30, 2015.
(*7) Premium Economy service will not be available on this route during March 29 and June 30, 2015. (*8) JL772 will start to be operated by 777-200ER from March 30, 2015.
(*9) First Class service will not be available in line with aircraft change on this route

(*10) JAL maintains codeshare flights (operated by Korean Air) between Kansai and Seoul’s Gimpo, and between Kansai and Seoul’s Incheon.

Flight No.

Route

Dep. Time

Arr. Time

Aircraft

Details

Effective Period

JL441

Narita – Moscow

10:45

15:00

787-8

Increase from 3 to 4 weekly flights (Additional flight on Monday)

March 29 ~ October 24, 2015 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

JL442

Moscow – Narita

17:15

08:35+1

Flight No.

Route

Details

Effective Period

Remarks

JL971

Osaka (Kansai) – Seoul (Gimpo)

Suspension of JL971/974 daily round-trip operation

March 29, 2015 ~

(*10)

JL974

Seoul (Gimpo) – Osaka (Kansai)

Domestic Network
1. Continuation of Seasonal Operations

Route

Details

Effective Period

Itami – Matsumoto

1 daily flight

August 1 ~ August 31, 2015

Itami – Memanbetsu

1 daily flight

July 18 ~ July 20, 2015 and July 25 ~ August 31, 2015

Sapporo (New Chitose) – Izumo

4 weekly flights

August 1 ~ August 31, 2015 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

Sapporo (New Chitose) – Tokushima

3 weekly flights

August 1 ~ August 31, 2015 (Tu, Th, Sa)

Nagoya (Chubu) – Kushiro

3 weekly flights

August 1 ~ August 31, 2015 (Tu, Th, Sa)

Nagoya (Chubu) – Obihiro

4 weekly flights

August 1 ~ August 31, 2015 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

3. Flight Frequency Changes

Route

Details

Effective Period

Haneda – Sapporo (New Chitose)

16 daily to 17 daily flights

March 29 ~ October 24, 2015

Haneda – Okinawa (Naha)

12 daily to 14 daily flights

March 29 ~ October 24, 2015

Itami – Sapporo (New Chitose)

3 daily to 4 daily flights

March 29, 2015 ~

Route

Details

Effective Period

Haneda – Itami

16 daily to 15 daily flights

March 29, 2015 ~

Haneda – Izumo

6 daily to 5 daily flights

March 29, 2015 ~

Kansai – Sapporo (New Chitose)

4 daily to 3 daily flights

March 29, 2015 ~

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. While JAL awaits the delivery of its first stretched Boeing 787-9, the company continues to expand 787-8 operations. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA835J (msn 34850) taxies onto the runway at New York (JFK).
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JAL to launch “JAL Sky Suite 787″ service to Frankfurt on December 1

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) will launch the first “JAL Sky Suite 787” service between Tokyo (Narita) and Frankfurt on December 1, 2014.

JAL 787 Sky Suite bed

JAL will introduce fully-flat seat (above), “JAL Sky Suite”, in Business Class of “JAL Sky Suite 787”. Premium Economy service will be provided onto the latest Boeing 787-8s with “JAL Sky Premium” seats, and in Economy Class, new “JAL Sky Wider II” seats in a 2-4-2 configuration will be offered.

JAL Sky Suite 787 layout

Following its launch on Narita – Frankfurt route, “JAL Sky Suite 787” will be sequentially operated on Tokyo (Narita) – New York route (JL004/JL003) from January 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA826J (msn 34836) arrives at the Narita International Airport (NRT) hub.

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JAL to introduce a fully revamped Boeing 767-300 ER on December 8

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will introduce fully revamped Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft on its domestic Tokyo (Haneda) – Osaka (Itami) route starting on December 8, 2014. The retrofitted aircraft have also been configured to offer JAL First Class in addition to Class J and Economy Class, which both are fitted with new seats. The aircraft will be configured with five First Class (F) seats, 42 Class J seats and 205 Economy Class sets.

Top Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA656J (msn 40368) departs from Haneda Airport in Tokyo in the special “Doraemon Jet” livery.

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New cabin configuration:

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Hokkaido Air System-HAC becomes a subsidiary of Japan Airlines

Hokkaido Air System SAAB 340 and crew

Hokkaido Air System (HAC) (Sapporo, Japan) has become a subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) following JAL completing a qualifying transaction to acquire up to 51.2% of the shares of HAC on October 23, 2014.

HAC network including flights to/from remote islands such as the Sapporo (Okadama) – Rishiri route and the Hakodate – Okushiri route, has been recognized as important transportation routes across Hokkaido by local residents.

With the success of this acquisition, JAL will support HAC to improve its sales performance and further strengthen its management competence as well. After becoming a subsidiary of JAL, HAC will continually strive to be the most preferred and reliable regional airline in Hokkaido.

All images by Hokkaido Air System.

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JAL Express is merged into Japan Airlines

JAL Express (Tokyo-Haneda) today (October 1) was merged into its parent JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) as planned. JAL Express operated its last flight yesterday. The JAL Express titles are being removed from the aircraft.

JAL Express started operations on July 1, 1998 as a low-cost subsidiary.

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Copyright Photo:Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL Express’ Boeing 737-846 WL JA337J (msn 40352) with “Forward Together Japan” inscription arrives at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

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