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JAL to introduce domestic Wi-Fi service on July 23

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) will be the first Japanese airline to introduce the in-flight Internet service, called “JAL SKY Wi-Fi” on domestic routes. This new service will be on board its revamped “JAL SKY NEXT” aircraft, operated between Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka (Itami), Fukuoka as well as Hakodate from July 23, 2014.

Under the theme of “A standard that’s a step ahead”, in addition to the introduction of new cabin interiors, the new in-flight Internet service will support onboard passengers to have seamless connectivity with the ground. JAL SKY Wi-Fi will be progressively expanded to 77 domestic aircraft including JAL’s Boeing 777s, 767s and 737s through FY2016.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA613J (msn 33849) arrives at the Tokyo (Narita) hub.

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American Airlines today launches new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Hong Kong and Shanghai

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today launches daily nonstop service between its Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) hub and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

The new daily service between DFW and Hong Kong will be operated with a Boeing 777-300 ER, marking the first time American will deploy its flagship aircraft to Asia. The aircraft features a three-class cabin configuration with fully lie-flat seats in First and Business Class, international Wi-Fi, and more customer and cargo capacity than any other aircraft currently in American’s fleet.

The new service between DFW and Shanghai will be operated with a Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft. American will be retrofitting its entire fleet of 777-200 ERs to include fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with aisle access; new seats in the Main Cabin; in-seat entertainment; and international Wi-Fi capability. The new fully lie-flat Business Class seats on American’s 777-200 ERs will afford travelers among the largest living space of any 777 Business Class seat offered by any U.S. carrier.

Daily DFW-HKG Service Schedule (all times local)
AA 137
Departs DFW at 12:45 p.m.
Arrives at HKG at 6:05 p.m. the following day

AA 138
Departs HKG at 1:30 p.m.
Arrives at DFW at 4:30 p.m.

Daily DFW-PVG Service Schedule (all times local)
AA 127
Departs DFW at 10:55 a.m.
Arrives at PVG at 2:55 p.m. the following day

AA 128
Departs PVG at 4:50 p.m.
Arrives at DFW at 6:10 p.m.

These new routes are operated as part of American’s joint business agreement with fellow oneworld® alliance member Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo). Through oneworld member airlines and their affiliates, American’s customers have access to nearly 150 destinations within Asia.

The service to Hong Kong will add a new destination to American’s international network, and the service to Shanghai complements American’s existing service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-323 ER N720AN (msn 33522) rotates on the runway at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

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Japan Airlines to start charter flights to Rome and Milan from Haneda Airport on July 2

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will operate charter flights departing from Tokyo (Haneda) to Rome and Milan (Malpensa) starting on July 2, 2014. The charter flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

Schedule:

JAL Italy Charter Flights Schedule

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 JA822J (msn 34832) prepares to land in Bangkok.

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Japan Airlines will launch JAL SKY NEXT on May 28 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) will launch its first JAL SKY NEXT service between Tokyo (Haneda) and Fukuoka on May 28, 2014. A total of 77 aircraft are scheduled to be revamped sequentially and will be progressively introduced on domestic routes.

JAL SKY NEXT logo

JAL SKY NEXT will provide updated cabin interior with all-leather seats and LED lighting. Additionally, the in-flight internet service-JAL SKY Wi-Fi with new in-flight entertainment website will be introduced on domestic routes to deliver more comfortable travel experience and convenience to customers.

The first type with the new service standard will be the Boeing 777-200.

JAL SKY NEXT seats (JAL)

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JAL): Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-246 JA8984 (msn 27651) in the special “Sky Eco” livery departs from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

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Japan Airlines and Korean Air to expand their codeshare agreement

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) and Korean Air (Seoul), both codeshare partners since 2004, have agreed to further expand their codeshare flights on all routes and flights operated by Korean Air between Japan and South Korea from April 22, 2014.

Flight Number

Route

Dep. Time (Local time)

Arr. Time (Local time)

Days of Operation

JL5253 / KE768

Aomori – Seoul (Incheon)

13:25

16:00

Wed. Fri. Sun.

JL5252 / KE767

Seoul (Incheon) – Aomori

10:10

12:30

Wed. Fri. Sun.

JL5255 / KE770

Akita – Seoul (Incheon)

13:50

16:20

Mon. Thu. Sat.

JL5254 / KE769

Seoul (Incheon)-Akita

10:30

12:45

Mon. Thu. Sat.

JL5257 / KE720

Haneda – Seoul (Incheon)

06:25

08:50

Daily

JL5256 / KE719

Seoul (Incheon) – Haneda

20:55

23:05

Daily

JAL-Korean Air codeshare route map

JL5259 / KE792

Oita – Seoul (Incheon)

15:45

17:20

Fri.

JL5259 / KE792

Oita – Seoul (Incheon)

18:55

20:30

Sun.

JL5258 / KE791

Seoul (Incheon) – Oita

13:10

14:45

Fri.

JL5258 / KE791

Seoul (Incheon) – Oita

16:20

17:55

Sun.

JL5261 / KE748

Okayama – Seoul (Incheon)

10:00

11:35

Daily

JL5260 / KE747

Seoul (Incheon) – Okayama

18:40

20:10

Daily

JL5265 / KE784

Fukuoka – Busan

11:05

12:00

Daily

JL5267 / KE798

Fukuoka – Busan

19:45

20:40

Daily

JL5264 / KE783

Busan – Fukuoka

09:15

10:05

Daily

JL5266 / KE797

Busan – Fukuoka

17:55

18:45

Daily

JL5263 / KE772 (*2)

Sapporo (Chitose) – Busan

12:35

15:15

Tue. Thu. Sat.

JL5262 / KE771 (*2)

Busan – Sapporo (Chitose)

09:15

11:35

Tue. Thu. Sat.

JL5269 / KE756

Nagoya – Jeju

11:55

13:50

Wed. Fri. Sun.

JL5268 / KE755

Jeju – Nagoya

15:00

16:45

Wed. Fri. Sun.

Note:
*1. All of the above flights are operated by KE.
*2. Sapporo = Busan route will start from April 26, 2014.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 737-846 JA312J (msn 35341) in the old 2002 livery arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-9B5 HL7706 (msn 29991) also arrives at Tokyo (Narita).

 

JAL Express to be merged into Japan Airlines on October 1

JAL Group (Tokyo) has issued this short statement about merging subsidiary JAL Express (Tokyo-Haneda) into Japan Airlines:

Japan Airlines (JAL) and JAL Express (JEX), wholly owned by JAL, have reached an agreement to integrate as below with approval of the board of directors’ meeting.

1. Purpose of merger

JAL aims to stabilize the domestic business, through enhancing the mobility of making the best match between capacity and traffic, and improving inflight human service of domestic flights.

2. Effective date of merger

October 1, 2014

3. Form of merger

JAL, as surviving company, will merge with JEX and JEX will be dissolved.

This integration is simplified merger for JAL and short form merger for JEX. The consent of the general shareholders meeting of each participating company is not a requirement for reaching a merger agreement.

JAL Express commenced operations on September 30, 1998 as a no-frills unit of JAL for domestic operations.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-846 JA302J (msn 35331) with “Forward Together Japan” markings arrives at Tokyo (Haneda).

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Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair start their joint venture between Japan and Europe on April 1

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) and fellow oneworld® alliance members British Airways (London) and Finnair (Helsinki) will start their planned joint business venture between Europe and Japan starting on April 1, 2014.

The joint business means that the three airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.

Last October, Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Finnair in the joint business established in 2012 by British Airways and Japan Airlines, and in February the three airlines began selling joint fares on select routes for travel after April 1.

The joint business opens up all three airlines’ networks between Japan and Europe and allows the airline partners to cooperate on expanding their presence in this growing and important market. The agreement also strengthens the oneworld alliance and enables it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

Currently, Finnair flies daily from Helsinki to Tokyo and daily in summer (five times per week in the winter) to Osaka and Nagoya, connecting Japan to more than 50 Finnair destinations in Europe. Japan Airlines also operates daily from Tokyo to Helsinki, Frankfurt, Paris and London, while British Airways operates daily flights (from April 9) from London to both Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 777-346 ER JA735J (msn 32434) taxies at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Japan Airlines and JetBlue Airways to expand their codeshare agreement

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) and JetBlue Airways (New York) have agreed to further expand their codeshare cooperation starting on March 30, 2014, resulting in an increase in the number of JAL codeshare flights available on U.S. domestic routes operated by JetBlue. Sales and reservations for the newest codeshare flights will be available from March 25, 2014.

JAL also recently announced the launch of double daily service on its Tokyo (Narita) – New York (JFK) route from March 30, 2014, with the new second daily operation from Narita scheduled to arrive at JFK in the early evening. To further improve the convenience for transit passengers at New York, the latest codeshare flights on JetBlue delivers same-day connections to multiple U.S. cities.

Additionally, JAL and JetBlue will increase the number of codeshare routes between Boston and select U.S. cities, and JAL will also introduce new codeshare flights between San Francisco and select U.S. cities to further enhance JAL’s overall U.S. network.

JAL initially launched its codeshare cooperation with JetBlue in April 2012 to strengthen JAL’s network throughout the U.S. East Coast. JetBlue, whose main hubs are at Boston (Logan) and New York (JFK), boasts a strong U.S. domestic network and is known for its service quality including leather seating, rich in-flight entertainment, and unlimited snacks and drinks.

The expanded codeshare cooperation with JetBlue is in addition to JAL’s extensive codeshare cooperation under joint business with oneworld® alliance partner, American Airlines. Together with American and JetBlue, JAL is continually striving to provide its customers with greater convenience through expanded network within the U.S.

JAL-JetBlue Codeshare Map

New Codeshare flights from March 30, 2014

Flight No.

Route

Flight No.

Route

JL5898

New York – Burlington

JL5928

New York – New Orleans

JL5920

JL5921

New York – Buffalo, Buffalo – New York

JL5930

New York – Portland

JL5922

New York – Fort Lauderdale

JL5932

JL5933

New York – Raleigh/Durham, Raleigh/Durham – New York

JL5924

New York – Jacksonville

JL5934

New York – Rochester

JL5926

New York – Orlando

JL5886

JL5893

San Francisco – Long Beach, Long Beach – San Francisco

JL5890

JL5891

San Francisco – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale – San Francisco

JL5888

JL5939

San Francisco – Austin, Austin – San Francisco

JL5892

San Francisco – Boston

JL5894

Boston – Houston Hobby

JL5938

JL5892

Boston – San Francisco, San Francisco – Boston

JL5896

JL5895

Boston – Detroit, Detroit – Boston

* Codeshare flights are subject to government approval.

*All of above flights are operated by JetBlue.

< Reference> JAL flight schedule on Narita=New York, Haneda= San Francisco and Narita= Boston

Flight No.

Route

Dep. Time

Arr. Time

Days of Operation

JL006

Narita – New York

11:10

11:05

Daily

JL005

New York – Narita

13:15

16:25+1

Daily

JL004

Narita – New York

18:30

18:25

Daily

JL003

New York – Narita

9:30

12:40+1

Daily

JL002

Haneda – San Francisco

0:05

17:25-1

Daily

JL001

San Francisco – Haneda

19:10

22:20+1

Daily

JL008

Narita – Boston

11:20

11:10

Daily

JL007

Boston – Narita

13:15

15:55+1

Daily

 

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-346 ER JA737J (msn 36126) of JAL arrives in Los Angeles.

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Japan Airlines and S7 Airlines to expand their code share agreement

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) and S7 Airlines (Novosibirsk), both members of oneworld®, have agreed to further expand the code share flights with adding 12 domestic destinations in Russia from March 19, 2014.

The new codeshare routes between Moscow (Domodedovo) and domestic cities in Russia includes Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, and also Sochi, which is the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as other attractive cities. 

Routes between Moscow (Domodedovo) and domestic cities in Russia

 

・Moscow = St. Petersburg

・Moscow = Perm

・Moscow = Samara

・Moscow = Ufa

・Moscow = Kazan

・Moscow = Chelyabinsk

・Moscow = Yekaterinburg

・Moscow = Volgograd

・Moscow = Nizhny Novgorod

・Moscow = Krasnodar

・Moscow = Rostov

・Moscow = Sochi

* Code share flights are subject to government approval.

* All of the above flights are operated by S7.

* Flight schedule and dates are subject to changes. Please visit JAL website for the latest information.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL-Japan Airlines’ Boeing 777-246 JA8985 (msn 27652) in the special Tokyo Disney Resort – 30th Anniversary livery taxies at Fukuoka.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. S7 Airlines added its first Airbus A321, the pictured A321-211 VQ-BQH (msn 3070) in September 2013.

 

Japan Airlines introduces a new “Samurai Blue Jet” in support of its FIFA football team

JAL-Japan Airlines 777-200 JA8985 (14-Samurai Blue Jet)(logo)(JAL)(LR)

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) on February 26 in partnership with Family Mart (a national chain of Japanese stores) unveiled this special “Samurai Blue Jet” livery on Boeing 777-246 JA8985 (msn 27652) at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The new logo jet supports Japan’s national football team in the upcoming FIFA World Cup championship series in Brazil this year.

The special sticker (above) includes the logo of the Japan Football Association (JFA) and photos of 400 supporters who submitted their photos for selection according to the airline.

JA8985 was previously one of JAL’s six Disney Happiness Express logo jets which are being retired. The special logo jet will fly over Japan until July 2014.

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JAL Group upgrades and introduces “Welcome! JAL New Sky” for its domestic flights

JAL Sky Wi-Fi

JAL Group (JAL-Japan Airlines) (Tokyo) has launched JAL New Sky Project, a thorough revamp of its in-flight products and services under a collective theme “Welcome! JAL New Sky”.

JAL introduces more details on the fully revamped cabin interiors and new in-flight internet service on domestic routes, which the airline released last year. Under the theme of “Pioneering Standard” and following with the project of produces and services aim to provide more comfortable experience and convenience during every journeys on domestic routes, the airline will start to introduce revamped aircraft with updated cabin interiors through May 2014, and the in-flight internet service will be provided from July 2014.

Applicable Aircraft:

Domestic Boeing 777-200/300
Domestic Boeing 767-300/300ER
Domestic Boeing 737-800
(Total of 77 aircraft according to schedule)

From May 2014 according to schedule
(In-flight internet service will start from July 2014)

JAL will provide in-flight Wi-Fi service on domestic routes, and passengers are able to access internet or in-flight entertainment website by using their Wi-Fi enabled personal terminals, Smartphone, tablet or notebook PC.

Passenger can use their own wireless LAN devices to watch Sports, gourmet, music, anime and other plentiful video programs including SKY RURUBU (travel information), flight information and JAL website for free of charge. *Some video programs are examined to be included within fee based service.

JAL is the first Japanese carrier ever to provide in-flight Internet service (fee based) on domestic routes, using Gogo®’s communications satellites. Passengers will be able to access internet, send/receive e-mails and SNS etc. via their own smartphone, tablet and notebook computer and other wireless LAN devices during the flight.

The new leather seating in J-class and Economy class will be made from the same high-quality genuine leather used for seats installed in luxury vehicles. The airline’s plan is to revamp all the cabin seats in both classes on the domestic routes. In addition, carpet installed throughout the cabin will also be replaced to match the redesigned interiors.

Seating in JAL’s popular Class J will offer slightly wider space for passengers to enjoy their time in-flight, and the new genuine leather covered seats will evoke a feeling of luxury. The seat pitch in Class J is 97cm in average which is approximately 18cm more legroom than it in Economy Class.

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Based on the concept “air-like lighting”, the cabin atmosphere can be easily changed according to the flight hours, the season, and the natural rhythm of time to create a relaxing ambience and a feeling of Japan.

 

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First class service will be installed on nine domestic Boeing 767-300ER from the Fall of 2014.

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Copyright Photo: Japan Airlines (JAL Group).
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JAL Group announces its flight and fleet plans for fiscal year 2014-2015

JAL Group (Japan Airlines) (Tokyo) has announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes for fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2015):

In regards to the airline’s international network, with the addition of international flight slots at Tokyo (Haneda) Airport, JAL will begin operating new day-time nonstop flights from March 30, 2014, between Haneda and London, between Haneda and Paris, and between Haneda and Singapore as well as between Haneda and Bangkok. Additionally, the airline will use late night and early morning slots to launch new service between Haneda and Ho Chi Minh City. JAL will strive to improve customer accessibility and meet travel demand in overseas gateways to connect with domestic cities.

Meanwhile, at Tokyo (Narita) Airport, with expected growth of travel demand between North America and Asia, JAL will increase weekly round-trip flights from 7 to 14 between Narita and New York. Additionally, the airline will increase flights frequency from 3 to 4 round-trip flights weekly between Narita and Moscow to meet strong growth of business demand.

Furthermore, JAL plans to increase the number of available revamped aircraft (JAL SKY SUITE 777/767), and in particular, expand the availability of aircraft featuring JAL SKY WIDER in Economy Class. The airline has also decided to operate aircraft with fully-flat seats or shell flat seats in Business Class cabins on all medium and long haul routes to and from Southeast Asia and Honolulu by the early Second Half of FY2014 in order to further deliver improved service to customers.

In regards to the airline’s domestic network, JAL has decided to double flight frequency between Haneda and Yamagata, and the airline will also resume six domestic routes based on a thorough review of flight schedules and operations within the airline’s network so that customers will be able to connect more conveniently.

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

International Network

1.       New services, flight frequency increase and flight schedule changes at Tokyo (Haneda) Airport

[New services and flight frequency increase]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft

Route Details

Remarks

JL037

Haneda – Singapore

11:20 17:20 777-200ER767-300ER Increase from 7 to 14 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014 (*1)

 

JL038

Singapore – Haneda 01:50 09:50

JL031

Haneda – Bangkok

11:30 15:40 777-200ER767-300ER Increase from 7 to 14 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014

JL032

Bangkok – Haneda

09:45 17:55

JL043

Haneda – London 11:20 15:50 777-300ER

7 weekly flights from March 30, 2014

(*2)

JL044

London – Haneda 19:15 15:00+1 (*3)

JL079

Haneda – Ho Chi Minh City 01:25 05:15 767-300ER

7 weekly flights from March 30, 2014

(*4)

JL070

Ho Chi Minh City – Haneda 13:55 22:00 (*5)

(*1) Flights No. are JL719/JL710 on Haneda= Singapore route, and JL717/JL718 on Haneda=Bangkok route between March 30 and March 31, 2014.
(*2) In addition to codeshare flights operated by British Airways (BA), JAL will operate flights between Haneda and London.
(*3) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 777, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss7/.
Flights No. are JL401/JL402 between March 30 and March 31, 2014.
(*4) The airline will use late night and early morning slots at Haneda Airport to launch new service.
(*5) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 767, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss6/.

[Flight schedule and aircraft type changes]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Effective Period Remarks

JL041 to JL045

Haneda – Paris

00:40 to 10:35 06:20 to 16:10 777-200ER to 777-300ER From March 30, 2014 (*6)

JL042 to JL046

Paris – Haneda

11:30 to 21:00 06:30+1 to 15:55+1

(*6) JAL plans to maintain codeshare flights (operated by AF) with Air France (AF) at Haneda Airport. Flights No. are JL405/JL406 between March 30 and March 31, 2014.

2.       Flight frequency, flight schedule and aircraft type changes at Tokyo (Narita) Airport

[Flight frequency increase]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft

Details

Remarks

JL004

Narita – New York

18:30 18:25 787-8 With the addition of JL004/003 to current daily JL006/005, route frequency will increase from 7 to 14 weekly flights from March 30, 2014 (*7)

JL003

New York – Narita

09:30 12:40+1

JL441

Narita -Moscow

10:45 16:00 787-8 Increase from 3 to 4 weekly flightsfrom March 30 to October 25, 2014

(Additional flight frequency is on Mo)

Mo, We, Fr, Su

JL442

Moscow – Narita

18:15 08:35+1

(*7) Dep. time of JL004 will be ten minutes early and Dep. time of JL003 will be ten minutes late during May 1 to August 31, 2014.

JL003 starts on March 31, 2014.

[Service suspension]

Flight No. Route

Details

Effective Period

Remarks

JL401

Narita – London

Suspension of JL401/402 daily round-trip operation From March 30, 2014 (*8)

JL402

London – Narita

(*8) JAL maintains codeshare flights (operated by BA) with BA at Narita Airport.

[Flight frequency decrease]

Route Details

Updated Flight Schedule

Remarks
Flight No. Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft

Narita = Singapore

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014

JL711

18:10 00:30 767-300ER

(*9)

JL712

08:10 16:20

Narita = Bangkok

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly flightsfrom March 30, 2014

JL707

18:05 23:00 767-300ER

JL708

08:10 16:15

(*9) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 767, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss6/.

JL719/JL710 on Singapore route will be decreased and JL717/JL718 on Bangkok route will be decreased from March 30, 2014.

[Flight schedule and aircraft type changes]

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Effective Period Remarks

JL405 to JL415

Narita – Paris

11:10 to 14:35 16:45 to 20:10 777-300ER to 787-8 From March 30, 2014

JL406 to JL416

Paris – Narita

19:30 to 22:20 14:20+1 to 16:55+1

3.       Other aircraft type changes

Flight No. Route

Details

Effective Period Remarks

JL033/JL032

Haneda = Bangkok

777-200ER, 787-8 to 767-300ER From March 30, 2014

JL707/JL708

Narita = Bangkok

JL081/JL082

Haneda = Shanghai(Hongqiao)

777-200ER to 767-300ER until the middle of June767-300ER to 777-200ER from the middle of June

JL749/JL740

Narita = Delhi

787-8 to 777-200ER(*10)

JL771/JL772

Narita = Sydney

JL037/JL036

Haneda = Singapore

JL035/JL038

Haneda = Singapore

787-8 to 767-300ER

JL711/JL712

Narita = Singapore

JL021/JL022

Haneda = Beijing

JL018/JL017

Narita = Vancouver

767-300ER to 787-8

JL786//JL785

Narita = Honolulu

JL784/JL783

JL951/JL954

Narita = Seoul(Incheon)

767-300ER to 737-800

JL959/JL950

(*10)Premium Economy service will be provided on flights between Narita and Delhi, between Narita and Sydney as well as between Haneda and Singapore (JL037/JL036).

4.       Improving the quality of products and services on international routes

JAL SKY WIDER is now being installed into Boeing 777-300 ERs and Boeing 767-300 ERs (JAL SKY SUITE 777/767). Highlights of the JAL Economy Class seat include increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 cm (Max.)(*11) more legroom than the present seat pitch. The number of JAL SKY SUITE 777/767 aircraft with JAL SKY WIDER installed will increase to 22 aircraft by the beginning of July from the current 10 aircraft (as of Jan. 22). The airline is striving to deliver a more enjoyable experience and soothing rest to customers on every journey.

(*11) Specifications for select seats are different.

JAL began to introduce the JAL SKY SUITE 767 from December 2013, and the airline will now also begin operating its Boeing 787-8s on medium and long haul routes of Southeast Asia and Honolulu routes. The airline will also offer its fully-flat seats or shell flat seats in Business Class cabins on all medium and long haul routes to and from Southeast Asia and Honolulu by early Second Half of FY2014.

5.       New services to and from Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu)

Regarding to JAL Group Mid-Term Management Plan for fiscal years 2012 to 2016(year ending March31, 2017), the airline plans to allocate resources on operations to medium and long haul routes such as Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, and it will further develop its network to provide more convenience and enjoyable travel experiences to customers. JAL is looking forward to enhancing its network with the addition of international flight slots at Haneda Airport from FY 2014.  Moreover, JAL plans to improve services to and from Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu) in FY2015. The airline is also considering to advance this plan with any adjustments of new aircraft launches and will announce more details as soon as they have been decided.

Domestic Network 

1.       New services (Resumption)

Route

Details

Effective Period

Itami = Matsumoto 1 daily flight August 1 ~ August 31, 2014
Itami = Memanbetsu 1 daily flight July 19 ~ August 31, 2014
Sapporo (New Chitose) = Izumo 4 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)
Sapporo (New Chitose) = Tokushima 3 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Tu, Th, Sa)
Nagoya (Chubu) = Kushiro 3 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Tu, Th, Sa)
Nagoya (Chubu) = Obihiro 4 weekly flights August 1 ~ August 31, 2014 (Mo, We, Fr, Su)

2.       Flight frequency increase

Route

Details

Effective Period

Haneda = Yamagata 1 daily to 2 daily flights(*) March 30, 2014 ~
Haneda = Kansai 2 daily to 3 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Okinawa (Naha) 12 daily to 14 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014(July 18 ~ August 31, 2014:13 daily round-trip flights)
Haneda = Nagoya (Chubu) 1 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Haneda = Okayama 5 daily to 6 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Tokushima 6 daily to 7 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Takamatsu 6 daily to 7 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Kitakyushu 5 daily to 6 daily flights March 30 ~ October 25, 2014
Haneda = Ishigaki 1 daily to 2 daily flights July 18 ~ August 31, 2014
Itami = Okinawa (Naha) 1 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~(April 29 ~ May 31, 2014: 3 daily round-trip flights)
Itami = Nagasaki 3 daily to 4 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuoka = Izumo 2 daily to 3 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Sapporo (New Chitose) = Memanbetsu 3 daily to 4 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuoka = Kochi 3 daily to 4 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuoka = Amami-oshima 1 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~

(*) Schedules on Haneda = Yamagata route.

Flight No. Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft

JL1251

Haneda – Yamagata

08:10 09:10 E170 (76 seats)

JL1257

17:25 18:25

JL1252

Yamagata – Handea

08:55 10:00

JL1258

18:55 20:00

3.       Flight frequency decrease

Route

Details

Effective Period

Haneda = Sapporo (New Chitose) 17 daily to 16 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Haneda = Izumo 6 daily to 5 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Narita = Sapporo (New Chitose) 3 daily to 1 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Narita = Fukuoka 3 daily to 1 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Narita = Nagoya (Chubu) 3 daily to 2 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Itami = Izumo 6 daily to 5 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Itami = Miyazaki 6 daily to 5 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~
Fukuka = Matsuyama 8 daily to 6 daily flights March 30, 2014 ~

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Before it was remodeled in the JAL Sky Suite 777 interior with appropriate markings, the pictured Boeing 777-346 ER JA731J (msn 32431) wore the special “Sky Eco” livery to underscore JAL’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

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JAL Boeing 787 is grounded in Tokyo after smoke vents from the main battery

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) has grounded a Boeing 787-8 (JA834J) at Narita International Airport (NRT) near Tokyo today after white smoke was observed venting from the main battery yesterday afternoon (January 14). The battery showed signs of melting. The event happened during normal maintenance when the aircraft was on the ground.

JAL now operates 13 Boeing 787-8s.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

For more information, please see this report from ZipanguFlyer: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 787-8 JA824J (msn 34834) arrives in Bangkok.

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Japan Airlines to bring the Boeing 787 to Vancouver starting on February 3

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will begin Boeing 787 operations on its daily nonstop service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) beginning on Monday, February 3, 2014. This inaugural flight will mark the first-ever scheduled arrival of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to YVR.

JAL will introduce the 787-8 Dreamliner to the YVR-NRT route using a phased approach, beginning with one weekly flight on Mondays and extending to its daily flights by March 2014.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) approaches the runway for landing in Bangkok.

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Japan Airlines to launch “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service to Chicago O’Hare on January 20

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) on January 20, 2014 will launch its new “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service from Tokyo (Narita) to Chicago (O’Hare). This will be followed with Narita-Frankfurt service starting in April 2014.

JAL currently operates the new Boeing 777 Sky Suite service to London (Heathrow), New York (JFK), Paris (CDG) and Los Angeles.

JAL Sky Suite 777 logo

JAL is modifying all 13 of its 232-seat Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to this new level of service.

JAL Sky Suite 777 Seats (JAL)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated domestically, JAL’s new and second special livery to support Japan’s national team for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia has been introduced. The pictured Boeing 777-346 JA8942 (msn 28394) features the image of figure skater Mao Asada on the fuselage. JA8942 entered revenue service on December 26, 2013 with the new markings and is seen on the short final to runway 34L at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on December 28, 2013.

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Video: Re-defining the 777 cabin:

JAL to introduce “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service to Frankfurt in April

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) announced today its new “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service will be introduced between Tokyo (Narita) and Frankfurt in April 2014.

JAL Sky Suite 77 service boasts increased comfort and functionality in all four classes. According to JAL, the revamped aircraft has yielded favorable feedback from customers since it was launched on Tokyo (Narita) and London route in January 2013. It won a Good Design Award in 2013 and Skytrax’s Best Business Class Airline Seat of the year for 2013.

JAL Sky Suite 77 has been introduced between Tokyo (Narita) and London, between Tokyo (Narita) and New York, and between Tokyo (Narita) and Paris as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Los Angeles.

Between Tokyo (Narita) and Frankfurt (JL407/JL408):

Class

Name of seat

Number of Seats

First Class

JAL SUITE

8 seats

Business Class

JAL SKY SUITE

49 seats

Premium Economy

JAL SKY PREMIUM

40 seats

Economy Class

JAL SKY WIDER

135 seats/147seats

 

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. JAL’s Boeing 777-346 ER JA731J (msn 32431) wears a special “JAL Sky Suite 777″ logo on the rear fuselage at its approaches London’s Heathrow Airport.

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JAL to pull the Boeing 787-8 from two routes due to GE engine icing concerns

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) announced today, according to Retuters, it will pull its Boeing 787-8s from two international routes after Boeing notified the carrier of icing concerns in the General Electric GEnx engines.

The carrier was advised to not fly the aircraft with these engines near thunderstorms following a recent incident in which a 747 experienced a loss of power after flying through a thunderstorm.

JAL will remove the 787-8  on its Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Singapore routes while also dropping plans to use 787-8s on its Tokyo-Sydney route starting next month.

Read the full Reuters report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) lands after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett.

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Japan Airlines to install Internet services and upgraded cabins on select domestic routes

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will further expand its JAL NEW SKY PROJECT and install in-flight Internet service on select Japan domestic flights. The airline issued this statement:

JAL NEW SKY PROJECT was initially launched by the airline in January 2013 with the introduction of the JAL SKY SUITE 777 on international routes. The revamped aircraft boasts increased comfort and functionality in all classes based on the theme Designed to evoke a one-class higher feel. Leading the redesign are the airlines new fully-flat seats in JAL Business Class.  Furthermore, the new JAL SKY SUITE 767 will be introduced onto select international flights starting in December 2013.

As part of this latest Project, JAL will revamp cabin interiors on aircraft operating on select domestic routes, which will include the installation of leather seating and LED lighting throughout the cabin based on the theme Superior Cabin. Another highlight of the new Economy class seat is a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 5cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch, providing customers with a more comfortable travel experience.

Additionally, in-flight Internet service, currently available on select JAL international flights from July 2012, will be first installed onto select Japan-domestic flights.

New seats

The new leather seating in J-class and Economy class will be made from the same high-quality genuine leather used for seats installed in luxury vehicles. The airlines plan is to revamp all the cabin seats in both classes on select domestic routes. In addition, carpet installed throughout the cabin will also be replaced to match the redesigned interiors

Economy class

A slim-style seatback design results in approximately 5cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch.

The all-leather seats are molded to better fit the natural contour of the passengers back and overall body, providing significantly more comfort.

The light-weight material helps to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

 20131028_DOM_Interia_fig1_Eng.jpg

 

Class J

Seating in JAL’s popular Class J will offer slightly wider space for passengers to enjoy their time in-flight, and the new genuine leather covered seats will evoke a feeling of luxury.

 

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LED lighting in cabin

Based on the concept “air-like lighting”, the cabin atmosphere can be easily changed according to the flight hours, the season, and the natural rhythm of time to create a relaxing ambience and a feeling of Japan.

Lighting based on the time of day:

 20131028_DOM_Interia_fig3_Eng.jpg

First class service to be installed on some Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft:

The popular First class service on present domestic flights will be expanded to domestic Boeing 767s.

Top Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA658J (msn 40370) approaches the runway at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. All other photos by Japan Airlines.

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Reuters: JAL informed the Japanese government by e-mail it was switching to Airbus

JAL-Japan Airlines A350-900 and A350-1000 (11)(Flt)(Airbus)(LR)

JAL-Japan Airlines‘ (Tokyo) private corporate decision to order the Airbus A350 is sending shock waves through the Japanese aviation industry. According to report by Reuters, JAL informed the Japanese government it was switching to Airbus with a large order from Airbus for the A350 rather than the Boeing 777X with a simple e-mail at the time of the public announcement. Japanese companies and Boeing have a close business connection as Japanese companies are actively involved in Boeing projects. As a result, Boeing has always captured a large share of the Japanese market. This order has will undoubtedly change the dynamics between these Japanese companies and Boeing. ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) is fast approaching an order between Airbus and Boeing and is coming under political pressure to order Boeing long-haul aircraft. The Japanese government says it has a hands-off policy. Will Boeing lose again?

Meanwhile Boeing is revamping its marketing strategies (long overdue). Boeing has now lost a long list of airlines to Airbus. Boeing has only taken a few carriers away from Airbus. Embraer and to a lessor extent, Bombardier, are also taking a greater portion of the narrow body market.

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JAL becomes a new Airbus customer, orders 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s

JAL-Japan Airlines A350-900 and A350-1000 (11)(Flt)(Airbus)(LR)

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo), a long time Boeing customer, has turned to Airbus for its next batch of wide body airliners to replace its older generation of aircraft.

JAL-Japan Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 31 Airbus A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft. This is JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.* It is also the first order Airbus has received from Japan for the A350 XWB.

In a typical three-class layout the A350-900 comfortably seats more than 300 passengers on routes as long as 8,100 nautical miles (nm). The A350-1000 is the largest member of the A350 XWB Family, seating 350 passengers on even longer missions up to 8,400 nm. All A350 XWB models are equipped with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

Over 70 percent of the A350 XWB’s weight-efficient airframe is made from advanced materials combining composites (53 percent), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. In addition to innovative materials, the A350 XWB brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies and provides significant improvement in fuel efficiency compared with competing models.

To date, the A350 XWB msn 1 has completed around 300 flight test hours out of the campaign’s total 2,500 hours which are to be achieved by five flight test A350’s over the next 12 months. Entry into commercial service of the A350-900 is scheduled for the second half of 2014. With this latest commitment, Airbus has recorded more than 750 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 38 customers worldwide.

* Before the merger by Japan Airlines and Japan Air Systems (JAS), JAS ordered Airbus aircraft.

Image: Airbus. Is this payback to Boeing for the 787 delays and groundings?

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Finnair to join up with British Airways and Japan Airlines to coordinate schedules and share revenue to Japan

Finnair (Helsinki) is seeking to join with the British Airways-Japan Airlines joint venture to coordinate schedules and share revenue on European-Japanese flights according to this report by Bloomberg. Combining fares will be the key element of the expanded JV between the Oneworld partners. The carriers currently operate 10 routes between Europe and Japan.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

In other news, the company issued this statement about being the most punctual international airline (a dig at SAS?) for the past two months:

Finnair has been the most punctual international airline for the past two months, according to travel data provider FlightStats. With 93.83 per cent of flights arriving or departing within 15 minutes of schedule in May and 91.14 per cent in April, Finnair is currently the world’s most reliable international carrier according to the data services firm, which supplies the travel industry and general public with real-time global flight tracking information.

“There are all kinds of factors out of an airline’s control that can cause delays to passengers and loss of revenue, but these rankings highlight the degree to which dedicated employees working in well-defined processes can proactively and positively manage on-time performance,” says Finnair Chief Operating Officer Ville Iho. “I’m very proud of this impressive achievement, both among our own employees and those of our key partners.”

In FlightStats’ rankings for the year 2012, Finnair was runner-up for lowest global cancellation rate and a runner-up for most punctual European airline. The oneworld alliance, of which Finnair is a member, was named the alliance with the best on-time performance.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-302X OH-LTR (msn 1067) in the old 2000 livery climbs away from Narita International Airport near Tokyo bound for the Helsinki hub.

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JAL orders four additional Embraer 170s for J-Air

Embraer S.A. disclosed a firm order from Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) today for another four Embraer 170 jets. The firm order is already included in Embraer’s backlog as an “undisclosed” customer. With this new agreement, the total number of firm orders for the E170 from JAL is 15 aircraft.

As with the previous aircraft ordered by JAL, these four E170s will be configured with 76 seats in a single-class layout and will be operated by J-Air (Nagoya), JAL’s wholly owned subsidiary that serves the company’s domestic network. The airline already operates twelve E170s, with an outstanding dispatch reliability of 99.7% over the last 12 months.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-100ST JA218J (msn 17000314) approaches Tokyo (Haneda) for landing.

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Japan Airlines announces a cabin upgrade for its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) announced today that it will install all new seats in the airline’s two-class international Boeing 767-300 ER fleet as part of its continued commitment to provide customers with a high-quality, full-service experience. The latest improvements are in addition to the previously announced revamp of the airline’s four-class international Boeing 777-300 ERs.

JAL-Japan Airlines Business Class seat (JAL)(LR)

JAL Business Class in the updated Boeing 767-300ERs will be fitted with 24 new JAL SKY SUITE II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed. In addition, each seat in the 1-2-1 configuration provides unobstructed aisle access for an undisturbed flight allowing maximum personal enjoyment and a soothing rest.

JAL-Japan Airlines Business Class (JAL)(LR)

In revamped aircraft’s JAL Economy Class, the airline will install its newest economy class seat, JAL SKY WIDER.  A total of 175 seats will be available in a 2-3-2 configuration and seat highlights include increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 cm (MAX.) more legroom than the present seat pitch.

JAL-Japan Airlines Economy Class seat (JAL)(LR)

JAL plans to first introduce the completely revamped Boeing 767-300 ERs between Tokyo (Narita) and Vancouver from December 2013. The revamped aircraft will also be introduced onto select long-haul Southeast Asia routes and Honolulu routes by fiscal year 2014.

With these latest improvements, all of JAL’s routes operating to and from North America and Europe as well as the airline’s long-haul Southeast Asia routes will offer flat-reclining seats in JAL Business Class providing passengers with an even more comfortable in-flight experience.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA615J (msn 33850) approaches the Tokyo (Narita) hub. All others by JAL

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Japan Airlines to restore Boeing 787 service on June 1

Japan Airlines-JAL (JAL Group) (Tokyo) will restore Boeing 787 passenger operations on June 1. Currently the airline is conducting test flights. The restored routes will be Tokyo (Narita)-Boston, Tokyo (Narita)-San Diego, Tokyo (Narita)-Singapore, Tokyo (Haneda)-Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda)-Beijing. A new route from Tokyo (Narita) to Helsinki will commence on July 1. The airline has issued this detailed report on the fleet and route plans:

Boeing 787-8 will return to service in sequence on June 1, 2013 after completely confirming the safety and reliability of the aircraft, including the proper installation of the improvements. JAL restarts daily service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston as well as San Diego, and the daily nonstop service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki will be launched from July 1, 2013 which was postponed in February 2013.

Larger aircraft, Boeing 777-200 ER instead of Boeing 767 will be assigned to fly between Japan and Bangkok and Honolulu in order to meet a robust passenger demand and further maximize revenue.

With the aim to achieve “Customer Satisfaction Number 1”, one of JAL Group Medium-Term Targets, JAL is actively moving ahead to provide our passengers much more quality products. 777-300 ER (JAL SKY SUITE 777) has been introduced on European and North American routes, in addition, More products like the seats are going to be refurbished on European and North American routes as well as Honolulu and Bangkok (Narita/Haneda=Bangkok) routes which Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 777-200 ER have been used for. The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on all the international routes during the first half of fiscal year 2013(year ending March 31, 2014). JAL strives to make every customer’s journey refreshing and comfortable experience.

*The following schedules are subject to government approval.

New Route from July 1, 2013

Flight Number Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Class Days of Operation
JL413

Narita = Helsinki

10:30

14:55

787-8

Business,

Economy

Daily

(from July 1 to Oct.26,2013)

JL414

Helsinki= Narita

17:25

09:05

Boeing 787-8 Will Be Arranged on the Following Routes**

Route     Period

Remarks

Narita = Boston

June 1,2013 ~

Daily operation from June 1,2013(4 weekly round-trip flights from Mar,31-May 31,2013)
Narita = San Diego

June 1,2013 ~

Daily operation from June 1,2013(3 weekly round-trip flights from Mar,31-May 31,2013)
Narita = Singapore

June 1,2013 ~

JL719/JL712,JL711/JL710;JL710(from Jun. 2, 2013)

Haneda = Singapore

June 1,2013 ~

Haneda = Beijing

June 1,2013 ~

Narita = Delhi

July 12,2013 ~

Narita = Moscow

September 1,2013 ~

3 weekly round-trip flights(We,Fr,Su)

Haneda = San Francisco

September 1,2013 ~

JL001(from August 31,2013)

Narita = Sydney

December 1,2013 ~

JL772(from December 2,2013)

Narita = Bangkok

December 2.2013~

JL707/JL718, 4 among 7 weekly round-trip flights;JL718(from December 3,2013)

**The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

**Please visit http://www.jal.com/en/flight/boeing787/ to get the information regarding JAL’s Boeing 787 fleet.

 Other Aircraft Type Changes***

Route Details Period    Remarks(flight/day/aircraft)

Narita = Honolulu

From767-300ER to 777-200ER

June 1,2013 ~ JL782/JL781

Chubu = Honolulu

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER

July12,2013 ~

Kansai = Honolulu

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER

September 1,2013 ~

Kansai = Shanghai(Pudong)

From 737-800 to 767-300ER

September 1,2013 ~

Haneda = Bangkok

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER

December 1,2013 ~

Narita = Bangkok

From 767-300ER to787-8, 777-200ER

December 1,2013 ~ JL707/Mo,Tu,Th,Sa/787-8

JL707/We,Fr,Su/777-200ER

JL718/Tu,We,Fr,Su/787-8

JL718/Mo,Th,Sa/777-200ER

JL708/Daily/777-200ER

***The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

  Flight Frequency Changes

Temporarily decrease the flight frequency in response to the passenger demand

Route Details Period

Remarks

Narita = Beijing

from 14 to 7 weekly round-trip flights

June 1 ~ July 5, 2013

JL863/JL864 decreased

  In-flight Products Improvements on the Middle-haul and Long -haul International Routes

Refurbish the products focusing on the Business class on European and North American routes

Starting with the introduction of fully flat seat to Business Class as well as spacious and functional [SKY SUITE 777] sequentially served on European and North American routes, additionally 777-300 ER and 787-8 will be practically used, and JAL SHELL FLAT NEO (Business class) will be provided on more routes. JAL SKY Wi-Fi has been serving on New York, Chicago and Los Angeles’ routes, which will be expanded sequentially on European routes.

Route Aircraft Service Period Remarks

Narita = New York

777-300ER

SKY SUITE 777.(*1)

First Class: NEW JAL SUITE

Business Class: SKY SUITE

Premium Economy: SKY PREMIUM

Economy: SKY WIDER

Operated every other day from May 1, 2013 and daily operation from the approx. May.

(*2)

Narita = Paris

July 2013~

Narita = Los Angeles

November 2013~

Narita = Chicago

January 2014~

Narita ­= Frankfurt

First Class: JAL SUITE

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

Operated every other day from April 2013 and daily operation from the approx. May.

Narita = Moscow

777-200ER

Provide Premium Economy Service

June 2013~the end of August 2013

Haneda = San Francisco

787-8

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

September 1,2013~(*3)

 

(*1)  For more detail on SKY SUITE 777, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/

(*2)  The actual operating date will be introduced on JAL homepage when is has been decided

(*3)  The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

<<International In-flight Internet Service [JAL SKY Wi-Fi]>>

Narita = Frankfurt: daily service from the approx. May 2013(currently provide every other day)

Narita = London:  daily service from the approx. July 2013 (currently provide every other day)

Narita = Paris:    provide from August 2013

In-flight products improvements on the Southeast Asia, Oceania and Honolulu routes

 

The 787-8 with JAL SHELL FLAT NEO in Business class and 777-200 ER with JALSHELL FLAT SEAT have been used for Delhi, Sydney, Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) =Bangkok and Honolulu routes, JAL will provide passengers a refreshing onboard experience with the quality in-flight products.

Route Aircraft Service Period Remarks

Narita = Delhi

787-8

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

July 12,2013 ~ (*1)

Narita = Sydney

777-200ER

Provide Premium Economy Service

June 2013 ~ November 30,2013

787-8

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

December 1,2013 ~

Haneda = Bangkok(*2)

777-200ER

Business Class: JALSHELL FLAT SEAT

December 1,2013 ~

Narita = Bangkok(*3)

December 1,2013 ~

Narita = Honolulu

(JL782/JL781)

June 1,2013 ~

Chubu = Honolulu

July 12,2013 ~

Kasai = Honolulu

September 1,2013 ~

(*1)  The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8

(*2)  Haneda = Bangkok (JL33/JL34): Provide the Premium Economy Service from December 1, 2013.

(*3)  Narita = Bangkok: ten round-trip flights operated by 777-200 ER and four round-trip flights operated by 787-8 among 14 weekly flights.

Flight Number Aircraft Dates of Operation Remarks
JL717/JL708 777-200ER Daily Provide Premium Economy Service
JL707 787-8 Mo,Tu,Th,Sa
777-200ER We,Fr,Su
JL718 787-8 Tu,We,Fr,Su
777-200ER Mo,Th,Sa

The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on all the international routes

 

The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on Narita=Kaohsiung(*1) and Kansai=Seoul(Gimpo) routes during the first half of fiscal year 2013 to attain all JAL international routes served by aircrafts with personal TV.(*2)

(*1) Kansai=Seoul (Gimpo): Provide the Business Service from June 1, 2013

(*2) The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8

New seats will be installed onto Boeing 767-300 ER

Improved 767 with fully flat seat in business class and the new spacious seat in Economy class will be served on middle-haul and long-haul routes in the Second half of Fiscal year 2013. The details of the products and available routes will be introduced as soon as they have been decided.

On the financial side, JAL Group announced its fiscal year (through March 31) operating profit had been cut by $13 million due to the 787 grounding. However the group produced a yearly net profit of $1.8 billion.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) climbs away from the runway at Paine Field near Everett.

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JAL celebrates 30 Years of the Tokyo Disney Resort with a new “JAL Happiness Express” logojet

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) on March 29 introduced this 30th Anniversary logojet to help celebrate the success of the Tokyo Disney Resort. Boeing 777-246 JA8985 (msn 27652) at Tokyo (Haneda) is the first JAL aircraft to wear the special Disney livery. The titles proclaim Year 30 is The Happiness Year. JA8985 is named the “JAL Happiness Express”.

JAL will add five more Disney aircraft including one additional 777-200 domestic and four 737-800 domestic aircraft.

According to Wipipedia, The resort opened on April 15, 1983, as a single theme park (Tokyo Disneyland), but developed into a resort with two theme parks, three Disney hotels, six non-Disney hotels, and a shopping complex. Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park opened outside of the United States.

JAL Toyko Disney Resort 30 Logo

Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki.

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Will the Boeing 787 be restricted on its long thin routes?

Boeing (Chicago) could be facing a new challenge for its grounded 787 according to this report by Reuters. The 787 was designed to fly long thin over-water-flights. Will the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permit the new type to fly these routes once again (at least initially) once it is allowed to fly again?  ETOPS could be reduced to only two hours. If this is correct, the business case for the new type is severely hurt for this period and the affected airlines will be asking Boeing for further compensation until they are able to fly these long thin routes once again in the most efficient manner.

Reuters raises these concerns. Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Some routes like Tokyo-Boston will not be able to be flown with the 787 if there are any ETOPS restrictions once the grounded order is rescinded. JAL‘s Boeing 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) in the special Sora wo Tobu – Flying Sky motif approaches Tokyo (Narita) for landing.

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Japan Airlines considers ordering 20 Airbus A350s

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has been a loyal Boeing customer. However the recent problems with the much-delayed Boeing 787 may have soured that relationship. According to Nikkei, the company is now considering an order from rival Airbus for 20 Airbus A350s and it will make a decision in June. However this may also be a ploy to get better terms and compensation from Boeing for the 787 delays. JAL is considering replacing its current Boeing 777-300 ERs with the new Airbus A350-100s for its European routes.

Read the full report from the Chicago Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Boeing 777-346 JA8941 (msn 28393) approaches the Tokyo (Haneda) hub for landing.

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Japan Airlines to operate the last McDonnell Douglas MD-90 revenue flight on March 30

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is planning to operate the last revenue flight of its McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 on March 30 after 17 years of service at JAS and JAL. The last flight will be from Hiroshima to Tokyo (Haneda) per Aviation Wire. The last flight is sold out.

Read the full report (in Japanese): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 JA8070 (msn 53358) lands at Tokyo (Haneda).

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The FAA to allow Boeing to test fly the 787 again, the NTSB questions the FAA’s “special conditions” in allowing lithium-ion batteries

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the Boeing Company (Chicago) permission to conduct test flights again of the 787 if the batteries are properly monitored.

Meanwhile the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the FAA must review the “special conditions” used in approving lithium-ion battery use on the 787. The FAA originally considered the chance of a battery fire as very remote in approving the use. This assumption has proven to be a false assumption. Will lithium-ion batteries be permitted for the future use of the 787? If not, this could be a major delay in the program and a major financial hit for Boeing (787 operators are now talking about compensation).

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

A very good video by the NTSB Chairwoman on the JAL-Japan Airlines 787 battery fire at Boston:

Meanwhile Boeing has issued this statement:

“Boeing welcomes the progress reported by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the 787 investigation, including that the NTSB has identified the origin of the event as having been within the battery. The findings discussed demonstrated a narrowing of the focus of the investigation to short circuiting observed in the battery, while providing the public with a better understanding of the nature of the investigation.

The company remains committed to working with the NTSB, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our customers to maintain the high level of safety the traveling public expects and that the air transport system has delivered. We continue to provide support to the investigative groups as they work to further understand these events and as we work to prevent such incidents in the future. The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.

The 787 was certified following a rigorous Boeing test program and an extensive certification program conducted by the FAA. We provided testing and analysis in support of the requirements of the FAA special conditions associated with the use of lithium ion batteries. We are working collaboratively to address questions about our testing and compliance with certification standards, and we will not hesitate to make changes that lead to improved testing processes and products.”

Hopefully for the sake of the company, the program and the airlines involved a quick solution can be found. However the bigger issue remains; are lithium-ion batteries safe on airplanes?

Airbus, according to reports, may be taking a different approach now with the A350 given Boeing’s battery problems with the 787.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. JAL’s Boeing 787-8 JA824J (msn 34834) lands back at Paine Field near Everett.

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Japan Airlines to operate the Tokyo Narita-San Diego route again on January 30

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) will operate a Boeing 777 flight on the Tokyo (Narita)-San Diego route on January 30. It is unclear at this time if the flight will continue beyond this single roundtrip flight. The route has been suspended since the Boeing 787-8 was grounded.

Read the full report from U-T San Diego: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Tokyo meets San Diego. Flying over an appropriate JAL advertising billboard about the new service, Boeing 787-8 JA827J (msn 34837) completes its final approach over downtown San Diego.

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Excess voltage of the 787 batteries is ruled out as the cause of the Boston JAL fire, NTSB now looking at the APU

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) has ruled out excess voltage as the cause of a battery fire this month on a Boeing 787 operated by Japan Airlines (Tokyo) according to Reuters (see reports below) and said they were expanding the probe to look at the battery’s charger and the jet’s auxiliary power unit.

According to the report, investigators will convene in Tucson, Arizona today to test and examine the charger for the battery, and download non-volatile memory from the APU controller, with similar tests planned at the Phoenix facility where the APUs are built.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

On January 14 the NTSB issued this preliminary report:

The National Transportation Safety Board today released a second update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.

The lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit on the airplane was removed and transported back to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington on Jan. 10. The battery is currently being examined by NTSB investigators, who plan to disassemble it this week.

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NTSB photos of the burned auxiliary power unit battery from a JAL Boeing 787 that caught fire on Jan. 7 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The dimensions of the battery are 19×13.2×10.2 inches and it weighs approximately 63 pounds (new).

 

In advance of that work, under the direction of the NTSB, radiographic examinations of the incident battery and an exemplar battery were conducted this past weekend at an independent test facility. The digital radiographs and computed tomography scans generated from this examination allowed the team to document the internal condition of the battery prior to disassembling it.

In addition, investigators took possession of burned wire bundles, the APU battery charger, and several memory modules. The maintenance and APU controller memory modules will be downloaded to obtain any available data. Investigators also documented the entire aft electronics bay including the APU battery and the nearby affected structure where components and wire bundles were located. The airplane was released back to Japan Airlines on Jan. 10.

The airplane’s two combined flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder units were transported to NTSB headquarters and have been successfully downloaded. The information is currently being analyzed by the investigative team.

The airport emergency response group documented the airport rescue and firefighting efforts to extinguish the fire, which included interviews with first responders. Fire and rescue personnel were able to contain the fire using a clean agent (Halotron), however, they reported experiencing difficulty accessing the battery for removal during extinguishing efforts. All fire and rescue personnel responding to the incident had previously received aircraft familiarization training on the Boeing 787. In accordance with international investigative treaties, the Japan Transport Safety Board and French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile have appointed accredited representatives to the investigation. The NTSB-led investigative team is comprised of subject matter groups in the areas of airplane systems, fire, airport emergency response, and data recorders and includes experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company, US Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, Japan Airlines (aircraft operator), GS Yuasa (battery manufacturer), and Thales Avionics Electrical Systems (APU battery/charger system).

On January 20 the NTSB issued this on-going report:

The National Transportation Safety Board today released a third update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston.

The lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit has been examined in the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington. The battery was x-rayed and CT scans were generated of the assembled battery. The investigative team has disassembled the APU battery into its eight individual cells for detailed examination and documentation. Three of the cells were selected for more detailed radiographic examination to view the interior of the cells prior to their disassembly. These cells are in the process now of being disassembled and the cell’s internal components are being examined and documented.

Investigators have also examined several other components removed from the airplane, including wire bundles and battery management circuit boards. The team has developed test plans for the various components removed from the aircraft, including the battery management unit (for the APU battery), the APU controller, the battery charger and the start power unit. On Tuesday, the group will convene in Arizona to test and examine the battery charger and download nonvolatile memory from the APU controller. Several other components have been sent for download or examination to Boeing’s facility in Seattle and manufacturer’s facilities in Japan.

Finally, examination of the flight recorder data from the JAL B-787 airplane indicate that the APU battery did not exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts.

In accordance with international investigative treaties, the Japan Transport Safety Board and French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile have appointed accredited representatives to this investigation. Similarly, the NTSB has assigned an accredited representative to assist with the JTSB’s investigation of the Jan. 15 battery incident involving an All Nippon Airways B-787. Both investigations remain ongoing.

 

ANA Boeing 787-8 makes an emergency landing at Takamatsu, ANA and JAL ground their 787s for safety checks

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has reported a new incident involving one of its Boeing 787-8s. Boeing 787-8 JA804A (msn 34486) was operating domestic flight NH 692 from Ube to Tokyo (Haneda) when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Takamatsu, Japan today (January 16) after the flight crew received a cockpit message about battery problems. There was a reported burning smell in the cockpit and the cabin according to this report by Yahoo! News. Passengers and crew members evacuated the aircraft on landing.

Boeing and FAA continue their safety investigation into the on-going problems of the 787.

As a result, both ANA and JAL have voluntarily grounded their 787s for further safety checks. Other airlines, including United Airlines, continue to operate their 787s. The new 787 routes flown by both ANA and JAL have been suspended.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Sister-ship Boeing 787-8 JA807A (msn 34508) taxies across the ramp at Tokyo (Haneda).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki. The affected aircraft, Boeing 787-8 JA804A (msn 34486), arrives at Tokyo (Haneda).

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JAL’s grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner leaks fuel in tests in Tokyo

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) stated yesterday (January 13) its Boeing 787 Dreamliner involved in the fuel leak (second incident) at Boston last week and undergoing safety checks in Tokyo had leaked fuel again during tests according to this report by Reuters.

According to Reuters, “An open valve on the aircraft caused fuel to leak from a nozzle on the left wing used to remove fuel, a company spokeswoman said. The jet is out of service after spilling about 40 gallons (roughly 150 liters) of fuel onto the airport taxiway in Boston due to a separate valve-related problem.”

Meanwhile Japan’s transport ministry has launched an investigation into the fuel leaks. The FAA and Boeing continue their investigations into the mishaps of the 787.

On January 10 after the first Boston incident involving  a fire on another Dreamliner on January 7, 2013, JAL stated:

“Japan Airlines initiated and completed inspections on all other Boeing 787 aircraft in its fleet the following the (first) incident at Boston and found no irregularities.

We sincerely apologize for the concern and inconvenience caused to our valuable customers.

Safety is of utmost importance to Japan Airlines and we will continue striving to ensure safe operations of each and every flight, and on all our aircraft types including the 787 Dreamliner. Please be assured on your future travel with us.”

Boeing issued this statement on its involvement with the FAA on the safety review of the 787:

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued the following statement after U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta announced that the FAA and Boeing will start a review of the 787’s recent issues and critical systems:

“Boeing shares the same commitment to air travel safety that Transportation Secretary LaHood and FAA Administrator Huerta spoke of this morning in Washington, D.C. We also stand 100 percent behind the integrity of the 787 and the rigorous process that led to its successful certification and entry into service. We look forward to participating in the joint review with the FAA, and we believe it will underscore our confidence, and the confidence of our customers and the traveling public, in the reliability, safety and performance of the innovative, new 787 Dreamliner.”

Will Boeing drop the “Dreamliner” name?

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. JAL remains committed to the 787 despite the teething problems of the new type. JAL has taken delivery of seven 787s. 787-8 JA827J (msn 34837) approaches Tokyo (Narita) for landing.

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A fire breaks out in the battery compartment of a Japan Airlines’ 787 on the ground at Boston’s Logan Airport

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Japan Airlines-JAL‘s (Tokyo) flight JL 8 with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (JA829J) arrived from Tokyo (Narita) at Boston (Logan) this morning at 10 a.m. (1000). The 173 arriving passengers and 11 crew members had just disembarked according to this report by the Boston Globe. The cleaners who boarded the aircraft reported smelling smoke and a fire was discovered in the lower level battery compartment. The airport ARFF units put out the fire out before it could spread.

Boeing has been investigating electrical issues on other 787 Dreamliners and has issued the following statement:

Regarding Monday’s event onboard a Japan Airlines (JAL) 787 at Boston Logan Airport, we are working closely with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), our customer and other government agencies. JAL has reported that smoke detected while a 787 was on the ground after passengers disembarked and during cleaning was traced to the battery used to start the auxiliary power unit (APU).

As is standard practice within the industry, it would be premature to discuss additional details at this stage as the investigation is ongoing. However, nothing that we’ve seen in this case indicates a relationship to any previous 787 power system events, which involved power panel faults elsewhere in the aft electrical equipment bay. Information about the prior events has been shared with the NTSB and they are aware of the details.

Boeing is cooperating with the NTSB in the investigation of this incident. Before providing more detail, we will give our technical teams the time they need to do a thorough job and ensure we are dealing with facts, not speculation.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

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JAL to start Tokyo Narita-Helsinki service on February 25, commences new 787 routes to Singapore

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) has announced February 25, 2013 as the launch date for its inaugural service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki.

Flight schedule of new Tokyo – Helsinki service, commencing on February 25, 2013:

Flight Number Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Days of Operation
JL413 Narita – Helsinki 11:45 15:05 787-8 Business Economy Mo, Tu, Th, Sa from February 25, 2013

Daily service planned for first half of FY2013.

JL414 Helsinki – Narita 17:25 10:15 + 1

・The above schedule is subject to government approval.

・The above timings may change after March 30, 2013 following the standard industry switch from winter to summer schedules.

・The increase in frequency to a daily service is subject to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

In addition, JAL started Tokyo (Haneda)-Singapore and Tokyo (Narita)-Singapore 787 service on October 14. Both routes will be offered three days a week becoming daily service on October 28.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner logojet. 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) in the special “Sora wo Tobu” (Flying Sky) motif was also introduced on October 14. Designed by Studio Ghibil, the logojet features the art of seven children. JA828J is pictured pushing back from gate 114 of the International Terminal at Tokyo (Haneda) on a late night departure bound for Singapore as flight JL 35.

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Japan Airlines to phase out the McDonnell Douglas MD-90s in March

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is planning to phase out its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90. The pictured MD-90-30 JA8070 (msn 53358) is the only MD-90 in the JAL fleet to be repainted in the new 2011 Crane livery. JA8070 was repainted in October 2012. The last six MD-90s will be phased out by March 2013 and will be sold to Delta Air Lines. The airliner is pictured taxiing out to runway 05 at Tokyo (Haneda) as flight JL1883 bound for Miyazaki.

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.

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British Airways and Japan Airlines to start their joint venture on October 1

British Airways (London) and JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) will start their new joint venture on October 1.

British Airways issued the following statement:

British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) will begin a joint business agreement with the two airlines sharing revenue on applicable flights between Europe and Japan.

The joint business, which starts on October 1, 2012, will benefit customers by providing better links between Europe and Japan, greater choice of flights to more destinations, enhanced frequent flyer benefits and the potential to launch new routes.

British Airways and JAL, both members of the oneworld® alliance, have been forging ever closer ties in their evolution to the joint business. Earlier this month, JAL and British Airways began offering codeshare flights between Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) and London (Heathrow). The joint business will now see the two airlines co-operating on all non-stop flights operated by JAL or British Airways between Japan and Europe. This will not only include the 19 weekly services between the UK and Japan, but also JAL’s services to Paris and Frankfurt. This gives customers the flexibility of using a combination of JAL and British Airways flights and aligned fares on their journey to and from Japan and Europe, significantly increasing their options.

JAL and British Airways will also be improving flight transfers for customers by enhancing and expanding the codeshare network beyond their respective hub cities. JAL customers will, be able to book seats to the new codeshare destinations of Belfast, Helsinki, Frankfurt, and Gothenburg. British Airways will extend its reach to more destinations in Japan by codesharing on flights to Kansai, Okayama, Izumo, Okinawa, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kagoshima. Further expansion of codeshare arrangements are expected in the future. The websites of the two airlines will also be updated to enable customers to make bookings and check-in online, and access the flight information they need, irrespective of the carrier they are flying on.

Customers participating in JAL and British Airways’ loyalty programs will continue to enjoy reciprocal benefits as customers of oneworld, but top tier members of the respective loyalty schemes will now have the opportunity to earn bonus points on applicable flights on either airline.

In other news, British Airways will start nonstop London (Gatwick)-Alicante Boeing 737-400 service service on March 31, 2013 per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWD (msn 24336) climbs away from the London (Heathrow) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 767-346 ER JA615J (msn 33850) in the special Samantha Thavasa motif lands at the Tokyo (Narita) hub.

Virgin America signs an interline agreement with Japan Airlines

Virgin America (San Francisco) has announced a new interline agreement with Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) offering travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American and Asian routes. Virgin America has grown to 18 destinations, a fleet of 52 new aircraft and more than 2,600 teammates since its launch in August 2007.  In addition to the new JAL agreement, Virgin America has interline agreements with Virgin Australia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air New Zealand, Emirates Airline, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, South African Airways, El Al Israel Airlines, QANTAS Airways, China Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Air Pacific.

JAL offers daily service from Virgin America’s home base San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) and daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – a focus city for Virgin America – to JAL’s hub at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT), where travelers may connect onward to most major cities in Asia including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. In addition, JAL serves Narita from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and New York’s JFK. Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to guests’ final destinations.

Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonally), Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon) and – as of August 14, 2012  – Washington D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA).

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Japan Airlines puts its 2012 Olympic Team logojet into revenue service

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) yesterday (May 26) introduced this 2012 Olympic Team (Hooray! For Japan!) logojet in the form of Boeing 777-246 JA772J (msn 27657) which was formerly painted in the ARASHI Beautiful World 2011 special color scheme. The Olympic Team aircraft features the image of Kōhei Uchimura,  a two-time Olympic silver-winning gymnast.

Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki. JA772J is pictured going into revenue service at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

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Japan Airlines’ fiscal year net profit improves to $2.3 billion

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is making great strides since coming out of bankruptcy reorganization. The flag carrier posted a fiscal year net profit of $2.3 billion for the year ending on March 31, 2012. However the airline sees a tough year ahead.

Read the full report by JAL: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Japan Airlines introduces a “Tokyo Sky Tree” sponsor logo on its Boeing 777-289 JA8978

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has introduced this sponsor logojet in support of the Tokyo Sky Tree on its Boeing 777-289 JA8978 (msn 27637). JAL is a partner airline of the Tokyo Sky Tree.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 2,080 feet in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower and also the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (2,723 feet) according to Wikipedia.

Copyright Photos: Shige Sakaki. JA8978 taxies at Tokyo (Haneda) with the new logo.

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JetBlue Airways and Japan Airlines announce a code share agreement

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) today announced a codeshare agreement, expanding the current interline partnership between the carriers’ two networks in Tokyo and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as well as Boston’s Logan International Airport.  Customers looking to make a reservation, which will feature JAL’s code on JetBlue-operated flights, can book starting tomorrow, April 18 for travel on or after April 22, 2012.

The start of the new agreement on April 22 coincides with JAL’s brand new service from Boston to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport using the super-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the only nonstop flight from New England to Asia.  Japan Airlines offers daily nonstop service to Narita from JFK, and customers may also continue to book tickets for combined interline travel on JetBlue and Japan Airlines through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where travellers may connect onward to most major cities in Asia including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei.

Via Boston, customers can connect to Tokyo from thirteen U.S. destinations including Buffalo, N.Y.; Baltimore, MD; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C. (National and Dulles).

At New York, JetBlue offers easy connections between JAL-operated flights and cities including Buffalo, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Houston, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Portland, Maine; Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C. (Dulles).

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Japan Airlines to start nonstop Tokyo-Helsinki service in March 2013

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is planning to start a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner route linking the Tokyo (Narita) hub and Helsinki in March 2013.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

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Japan Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 tomorrow

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25, 2012, and the aircraft will be flown from Everett to Tokyo (Narita) by JAL pilots on the following day.

JAL’s first commercial 787 flight will also be the first ever nonstop flight to connect Boston with Asia when JAL uses it to launch the new service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston on April 22, 2012. JAL will later this year, also use this super-efficient aircraft to start yet another first nonstop service between a US city and Asia with the launch of direct flights between Tokyo (Narita) and San Diego. The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed.

The first JAL 787 will depart from PAE  at 1600 (4 pm) local time on March 26 and arrive at Tokyo (Narita) at 1830 (6:30 pm) on March 27.

JAL’s 787 Dreamliner is configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy. The airline will fit its newest Executive Class JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats that are 5 cm (2 inches) wider (than the seats now fitted on JAL’s Boeing 777s), in a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle. Lavatories in Executive Class also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet*1 jointly developed by companies Toto, JAMCO and Boeing. The 144 Economy Class seats have 2 cm (0.8 inches) wider space than current seats and arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

According to the airline, some of the highlights of the revolutionary aircraft are:

・30% larger windows than a Boeing 767 allow for more light into the cabin and a greater view of the outside even for passengers seated in the middle sections.

・Electronically dimmable windows allow customers to adjust the amount of light entering the cabin, and it replaces conventional shades that either completely shut out or let in external light.

・Taking advantage of the kaleidoscope of colors afforded by the new LED lights, JAL’s original onboard lighting design creates a soothing in-flight atmosphere that would evoke a sense of the four seasons in Japan, such as pink hues of cherry blossoms in spring. The lighting is also used to create a more conducive environment at the right timing for a sound slumber and a refreshed wakening, as well as to make in-flight meals more appetizing.

・Higher ceilings and lower cabin pressure are subtle enhancements that make a noticeable difference to customer comfort, especially on long-haul flights. The ceiling of the 787 Dreamliner is approximately 14 cm (5.5 inches) higher than a Boeing 767 aircraft (comparing the height of the economy class section) while the maximum cabin altitude is also lower at 1,800 meters which reduces passenger fatigue.

・A brand new type of in-flight entertainment will be introduced onboard JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, called SKY MANGA which reflects a distinctive part of the Japanese culture. There will be more than 30 titles of Japanese comics available in electronic versions on JAL’s in-flight entertainment system initially, with expansion to English versions planned for the near future.

For more information on JAL’s 787 Dreamliner, visit: http://www.jal.co.jp/en/787/.

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How Japan Airlines will use the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner to open new markets

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is now due to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner around April 1. The carrier is intending to introduce the new type on April 22 between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston. As previously reported, San Diego will become the second U.S. destination for the 787. These two routes represent two long and thin routes the 787 was designed to serve. Boeing always designed the 787 to open up new city pairs that were too thin to be served by larger aircraft. JAL intends to take full advantage of this new game changer.

Here are the routes JAL intends to operate the first batch of Dreamliners on:

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. JAL’s Boeing 787-846 N1003W (msn 34832) (soon to become JA822J) has been repainted in the updated 2011 livery. The Dreamliner arrives back at Everett (Paine Field) on March 11 after a test flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Now a rare photo. N1003W used to be painted in the 2002 color scheme.

Japan Airlines to bring the 787 Dreamliner to San Diego and Helsinki

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) announced today as part of its Mid-Term Management Plan for fiscal years 2012 to 2016, that it will launch new nonstop services from Tokyo (Narita) to San Diego in December 2012 and to Helsinki in March 2013, utilizing the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft on both routes, in addition to the inaugural service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston which will commence April 22 this year.

JL066/065 will be the first nonstop flights linking San Diego with Japan and Asia, and will be operated with the 787 Dreamliner fitted with Executive Class and Economy Class cabins. JAL will begin serving the eighth most populous U.S city, also the city with the largest Asian community currently without a direct flight to Asia, with four flights a week from December 2012 and daily from March 2013 to/from Narita.

In other news, JAL will order 10 additional 787s, bringing the total to 45.

The airline will also convert 10 existing 787-8 orders to the larger 787-9 model.

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Japan Airlines announces additional 787 destinations in 2012

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) today announced additional planned destinations from Japan for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners which are expected to be delivered early next year. The company is also planning to fly the 787 from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to New Delhi and Moscow and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Beijing according to this report by the Washington Post.

These new 787 destinations are in addition to the previously announced nonstop from Tokyo (Narita) to Boston route starting on April 22.

JAL is now expecting its first Dreamliner delivery in February 2012.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

JAL Slide Show: CLICK HERE

JAL could go public again by September 2012

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) could public again by September 2012 if market conditions permit.

JAL previously applied for court protection under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law (the Japanese equivalent of Administration (UK) or a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (US) filing) on January 19, 2010.

Shares of JAL were delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange on February 20, 2010.

JAL emerged from bankruptcy protection in March 2011.

Read the full report by AFP: CLICK HERE

JAL Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.

Japan Airlines announces the seating configuration of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo), as previously reported, will launch its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its new Tokyo (Narita)-Boston route on April 22, 2012. The new type will featured a cabin layout featuring 42 seats in business class and 144 seats in economy.

JAL Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Bottom Image: JAL. The aircraft will be delivered in this new livery.

 

 

QANTAS announces new lounges, Boeing 747 upgrades, orders more A320s and launches Jetstar Japan

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced it will invest almost A$400 million in new international lounges, new inflight entertainment and aircraft refurbishment to improve the customer experience. The investment is part of the QANTAS Group’s five-year plan to build a truly modern, customer-focused and competitive global airline business.

QF will construct a new First Lounge and Business Lounge in Los Angeles, three times the size of the current space, as well as new First Lounges in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Over the past five years QF has opened new First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, a new business lounge in Hong Kong and upgraded its business lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. QF has also upgraded its shared First and Business lounge in Bangkok and Narita.

In February 2010, QANTAS announced a $250 million upgrade for nine Boeing 747-400s to meet the changing demands of the airline’s international customers. The first reconfigured Boeing 747-400 will commence services between Brisbane and Los Angeles in October 2011, operating three return services per week.

The remaining eight Boeing 747-400s with new product will be introduced over the next 12 months across the international network, offering customers Business (including the fully flat Skybed), Premium Economy and Economy cabins, and on-demand Panasonic IFE with over 1000 entertainment options in every seat.
Each of the aircraft will be fitted with 364 seats: 58 Business, 36 Premium Economy and 270 Economy. The seats in all three cabins have won awards for their design and comfort, including the 2009 Australian International Design Award for the Economy seat. All these aircraft offer the latest in comfort and design, with Panasonic on-demand inflight entertainment in every seat.

Seven new Boeing 737-800s are now operating on trans-Tasman routes with an eighth to arrive this week.

For the domestic network, QF has a total of 24 Boeing 737-800s, offering customers the latest in comfort and design and Panasonic on-demand inflight entertainment in every seat. Eighteen of these new aircraft will feature the new Boeing Sky Interior, the first of which is set to arrive in October this year. Four new A330s with the best in premium product are also currently operating domestically.

QANTAS Group also announced it would acquire up to 110 Airbus A320 aircraft, plus 194 purchase rights and options, to support its fleet renewal and growth for the next 10 to 15 years.

The Group has committed to order up to 110 A320s (106 confirmed from Airbus and four additional aircraft, either purchased or leased, subject to availability). These aircraft will facilitate capacity growth across Jetstar’s domestic and international operations, the launch of Jetstar Japan and the establishment of QANTAS’ new premium Asia-focused airline – while the purchase rights and options provide the Group with significant flexibility to pursue further growth opportunities on favourable commercial terms.

The Group will become a major customer for the new more fuel-efficient A320neo. The commitment for 110 A320s includes 78 A320neos with 194 rights and options on further purchases.

In addition, as a result of the new strategy and network changes for QANTAS international, QANTAS will defer the delivery of its final six Airbus A380s by up to six years, driving substantial capital cost savings. QF’s A380 fleet will reach 12 aircraft by the end of 2011 and 14 aircraft by mid-2013. The remaining six A380s will be delivered to coincide with the retirement of QF’s last six Boeing 747-400 ER aircraft.

In summary, changes to the QANTAS Group fleet plan are as follows:

- The purchase of between 28 and 32 current-generation A320 aircraft.
– The purchase of 78 new A320neo aircraft with 194 rights and options for further purchases.
– The rescheduling of six A380 deliveries by up to six years.

The QANTAS Group, Japan Airlines Company, Ltd (JAL) and Mitsubishi Corporation announced today the launch of Jetstar Japan – a new domestic airline that will bring more low airfares to customers in Japan.

The QANTAS Group, JAL and Mitsubishi Corporation will each hold 1/3 share in the new company (voting-rights-basis).

Jetstar Japan will commence domestic operations by the end of 2012 and expects to fly from Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka (Kansai International), with other destinations under consideration including Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. Jetstar Japan also plans to ultimately offer short haul international services to key Asian cities making travel more accessible and appealing to millions more people.

The airline will launch with an initial fleet of three new Airbus A320 aircraft, configured for 180 customers in a single class, growing to 24 aircraft within its first few years. Total capitalization commitment for the new airline is up to ¥12 billion.

QANTAS Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. The Boeing 747 is gradually being phased out by QF. Read about this very special logojet by clicking on the photo.

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