Category Archives: JAL-Japan Airlines

JAL to establish a new low-cost carrier

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced the decision to establish a new low-cost carrier (LCC) business for the international market. As described in the FY2017-2020 JAL Group Medium Term Management Plan, the company looks to develop and cultivate new business opportunities. The new LCC business will specifically feature international routes with medium to long-haul flights and will aim to provide customers with new options when traveling to/from Japan.

The company will be a consolidated subsidiary of the JAL Group and plans to operate flights from Narita International Airport to select destinations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In the first stages of its establishment, the carrier will operate two Boeing 787-8 aircraft and is targeting to launch commercial flights from the summer of 2020 when Narita Airport plans to complete enhancements to its facilities.

To date, JAL has remained committed to refine its own full service carrier model while making key investments into Jetstar Japan. When JAL establishes the new LCC business, the company aims to create new demand, working along with the successful services provided by Jetstar Japan, which features domestic and short-haul international flights. Through these actions, the company will take on the challenge to deliver and meet the needs of diversified customer groups around the world.

In alignment with the company`s Medium Term Management Plan, the LCC business is part of JAL`s `10 Year Grand Design` strategy where the company will accelerate growth through innovation, while contributing toward the country`s target to welcome new inbound visitors in the next 3 years and beyond.

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Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines start their codeshare flights

Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717-22A N475HA (msn 55121) HNL (Elway Kibota). Image: 931697.

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines started their codeshare flights on March 25. Guests traveling between Japan and Hawai‘i now enjoy this new partnership that brings together JAL’s network of over 30 domestic cities and 11 international destinations and Hawaiian’s convenient flight connections throughout its island chain.

Phase one of the comprehensive partnership includes:

  • Access to 36 domestic and 11 international destinations (subject to government approval) within JAL’s network, as well as all Japan-Hawaii flights.
  • Access to Hawaiian’s robust neighbor island network of approximately 170 daily flights.
  • Hawaiian Airlines inclusion into JAL’s JALPAK offers guests more options on tour packages between Japan and Hawai‘i beginning April 2.
  • Ability to earn HawaiianMiles and JAL Mileage Bank credit on codeshare flights, including non-stop flights between Honolulu and Nagoya and Sapporo.
  • Reciprocal lounge benefits.
  • Convenient connections and an improved guest experience following Hawaiian’s relocation to Terminal 2, adjacent to JAL, at Tokyo Narita Airport which began on March 25.

Hawaiian, the largest U.S. carrier for service between Japan and Hawai‘i, has carried over 3 million guests via its gateways in Haneda and Narita, Sapporo and Osaka since launching service in 2010. JAL, the number one  carrier on the route, transported over 1 million travelers between Japan and Hawai‘i in 2017.

JAL and Hawaiian plan to further enhance their partnership by creating a joint venture through an antitrust immunity agreement. The carriers anticipate filing their request with the U.S. Department of Transportation and Japanese authorities next month.

Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717-22A N475HA (msn 55121) HNL (Elway Kibota). Image: 931697.

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Japan Airlines and Alaska Airlines to expand codeshare network

From the Alaska Airlines blog:

Alaska Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) are expanding their partnership with additional codeshare flights that include former Virgin America routes, such as San Francisco to Boston, to Denver and to Newark.

Japan Airlines will start selling tickets for the new codeshare flights on Feb. 6 for travel after May 20, 2018.

Alaska and JAL originally teamed up in June 2016 with a codeshare agreement and frequent-flyer partnership, providing seamless travel and mileage earning opportunities between Alaska’s gateways in North America, Japan and throughout Asia. For members of Alaska’s Mileage Plan, base miles earned and class of service bonuses on Japan Airlines count toward Mileage Plan elite status.

JAL operates a modern fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs and 787s between Japan and North America.

J-Air retires its last two Bombardier CRJ200s

Type Retired: January 31, 2018 (JL2310 Matsuyama - Osaka Itami with JA208J)

J-Air on January 31, 2018 operated its last Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 regional jet revenue flights. The last flight was operated with JA208J which arrived at Osaka (Itami) from Matsuyama as flight JL2310 at 20:19 (8:19 PM) local time on spot number 24.

JA209J previously arrived from Fukuoka as flight JL2058 at 17:22 (5:22 PM) local time.

In other news, parent JAL – Japan Airlines previously announced its fleet plans for Fiscal Year 2018:

JAL Group (JAL) on January 18, 2018 announced its flight frequency and fleet plans on both international and domestic routes during FY2018 (ending March 31, 2019).

In December 2017, JAL announced double daily service between Tokyo (Narita) = Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Osaka (Kansai) = Honolulu through October 27, 2018. (*1) Based on recent travel demands, the carrier confirmed today that it will extend and maintain 14 flights per week for both routes until March 30, 2019.

Also, in an effort to match the demand between Japan and Russia following the relaxation of visa requirements, JAL will offer seasonal daily flights on its Tokyo (Narita) = Moscow (Domodedovo) service from July 1 through October 27.

The highly acclaimed JAL SKY SUITE configured aircraft (*2) will be introduced on the carrier`s second daily Tokyo (Haneda) = Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) service from August 1, 2018, which allows both flights from Haneda to feature the carrier`s top-of-the-line seat products in all classes of travel.

In addition, JAL will progressively change aircraft configurations through the first half of FY2018. For routes in the US, the carrier will increase seat capacity on flights to/from Dallas Fort Worth by implementing the 787-9 aircraft from May 1, featuring 44 fully-flat Business Class seats, 35 Premium Economy seats, and 116 seats in Economy Class. During Japan`s summer peak travel season (Aug. 10 – Aug 17, 2018), JAL will offer First Class service on one of its Tokyo (Narita) = Honolulu route by operating the 777-300ER aircraft. In other major changes, one of JAL`s Tokyo (Narita) = Manila service will start offering Premium Economy service from July 1, when the 787-9 aircraft is implemented on this route. For the full list, please refer to the chart below.

Moving forward to Japan-domestic routes, JAL will continue to improve the quality of its products and services with a focus on the JAL SKY NEXT aircraft (*3). The carrier will also offer up to 18 daily flights on its Haneda = Sapporo (New-Chitose) routes during the peak travel season to adjust to the demand for this market. For aircraft changes, JAL will expand operations of the Embraer 190 (*4), which features Class J and Free Wi-Fi Video Program services primarily on regional flights to and from Osaka (Itami) airport.

Furthermore, JAL will inaugurate new routes between the islands of Tokunoshima = Okinoerabu = Okinawa (Naha) from July 1, 2018, to connect travel between the Amami islands (*5) and Okinawa (Naha), also known as the “Amami Islands Hopping Route.”

All flights and schedules listed on this release are subject to government approval.

The JAL Group will continue to embrace new challenges to deliver greater customer convenience and comfort, enhance its networks, and improve the quality of products and services.

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(*1) JAL Group Announces Flight Frequency Increase in FY2018      Dec 19 Release     – Dec 1 Release

(*2) For more information about JAL SKY SUITE configured aircraft, please visit https://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/

(*3) For more information about JAL SKY NEXT service, please visit www.jal.co.jp/en/skynext/

(*4) For service with J-AIR’s EMBRAER190, please visit http://press.jal.co.jp/en/release/201701/004127.html

(*5) Amami Islands include Amami Oshima Island, Kikaijima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Okinoerabu Island and Yoron Island.

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【International Network – Flight Frequency Increase】

 Route

Flight No.

Effective Period

Aircraft Type

Details

Osaka (Kansai) = Honolulu

JL8792/8791

Oct. 28, 2018 ~ Mar. 30, 2019

787-8

Maintain 14 weekly (*6)

Tokyo (Narita) =

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)

JL717/718

Oct. 28, 2018 ~ Mar. 30, 2019

787-8 (SS8)

787-9 (SS9II)

Maintain 14 weekly (*6)

Tokyo (Narita) =

Moscow (Domodedovo)

JL421/422

Mar.25 ~ Jun.30, 2018

787-8 (SS8)

4 weekly ⇒ 5 weekly

Jul. 1 ~ Oct. 27, 2018

5 weekly ⇒ 7 weekly

Oct. 28, 2018 ~

7 weekly ⇒ 4 weekly

(*6) Reservations and ticket sales for the flights after October 28 will begin January 24, 2018 (2:00PM Japan Time).

 

JAL SKY SUITE Configured Aircraft – Additional Route

 Route

Flight No.

Effective Period

Details

Tokyo (Haneda) =

Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)

JL033/032

Aug. 1, 2018 ~

787-8 ⇒ 777-200ER (SS2) (*7)

(*7) Premium Economy service will be available. Reservations and ticket sales will begin January 24, 2018 (2:00PM Japan Time).

 

Aircraft Change

 Route

Flight No.

Effective Period

Details

Tokyo (Narita) = Dallas Fort Worth

JL12/11

May 1, 2018 ~

 787-8 (SS8)

787-9 (SS9)

Tokyo (Narita) = Hanoi

JL751/752

 May 1, 2018 (*8)~

 787-8 (SS8)

      ⇒

787-9 (SS9)

Tokyo (Narita) = Honolulu

JL782/789

Aug. 1, 2018 ~

777-200ER(SS2)

      ⇒

787-9 (SS9II)

Aug. 10 ~ 17, 2018

787-9 (SS9II)

777-300ER(SS7)(*16)

Tokyo (Narita) = Jakarta

JL729/720

Apr. 8, 2018 (*9) ~

767-300ER(SS6)

787-8 (SS8) (*17)

Tokyo (Narita) = Manila

JL741/742

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

767-300ER(SS6)

787-9 (SS9II) (*17)

Tokyo (Narita)=Hong Kong

JL735/736

Apr. 8~May 6, 2018 (*10)

787-9 (SS9)

767-300ER (SS6)

May 7, 2018 (*11) ~

767-300ER(SS6)

787-8

Tokyo(Haneda)=Seoul(Gimpo)

JL095/090

Aug. 1, 2018 (*12) ~

767-300ER

787-8

Tokyo (Haneda) = Beijing

JL025/020

May 6, 2018 (*13) ~

787-8

767-300ER

Tokyo (Narita) = Beijing

JL869/860

Mar. 25~Jun.7, 2018 (*14)

767-300ER(SS6)

787-8 (SS8)

767-300ER

Jun. 8, 2018~ (*15)

787-8 (SS8)

767-300ER

737-800

(*8) Aircraft of JL752 will be changed from May 2, 2018.                      (*9) Aircraft of JL720 will be changed from Apr. 9, 2018.

(*10) Aircraft of JL736 will be changed from Apr. 9 to May 7, 2018.     (*11) Aircraft of JL736 will be changed from May 8, 2018.

(*12) Aircraft of JL090 will be changed from Aug. 2, 2018.                   (*13) Aircraft of JL020 will be changed from May 7, 2018.     

(*14) Aircraft of JL860 will be changed from Mar. 26 to Jun. 8, 2018.    (*15) Aircraft of JL860 will be changed from Jun. 9, 2018.

(*16) First class service will be available. Reservations and ticket sales will begin January 24, 2018 (2:00PM Japan Time).

(*17) Premium Economy class service will be available. Reservations and ticket sales will begin January 24, 2018 (2:00PM Japan Time).

 

Domestic Network – Flight Frequency Increase

 Route

Effective Period

Details

Remarks

Tokyo (Haneda) =

Sapporo (New-Chitose)

Mar. 25 ~ Apr. 30, 2018

Jul. 1 ~ Aug. 31, 2018

16 daily ⇒ 17 daily

42 days within this period (*18)

Mar. 1 ~ Jul. 13, 2018

Sep.1 ~ Oct. 27,2018

16 daily⇒17 or 18 daily

(*18)

Osaka (Itami) =

Sapporo (New-Chitose)

Jul. 1 ~ Aug. 31, 2018

4 daily ⇒ 5 daily

6 daily flight from Jul. 14 to Aug. 31

Osaka (Itami) = Okinawa(Naha)

May. 7 ~ May. 31, 2018

2 daily ⇒ 3 daily

Osaka (Itami) = Sendai

May. 7, 2018 ~

7 daily ⇒ 8 daily

Sapporo (New-Chitose) =

Memambetsu

Jun. 1 ~ Aug. 31, 2018

3 daily ⇒ 4 daily

Fukuoka = Tokushima

Mar. 25, 2018 ~

1 daily ⇒ 2 daily

Okayama = Okinawa (Naha)

May. 8 ~ May. 19, 2018

1 daily ⇒ 2 or 3 daily

12 days within this period (*18)

Kagoshima = Yakushima

Apr. 1, 2018 ~

4 daily ⇒ 5 or 6 daily

(*18)

Kagoshima = Amami Oshima

Mar. 25 ~ Mar. 31, 2018

Apr. 26, 2018 ~

7 daily ⇒ 8 or 9 daily

(*18)

Kagoshima = Yoron

Jun. 15 ~ Jun. 30, 2018

1 daily ⇒ 2 daily

Tokunoshima = Okinoerabu

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

0 daily ⇒ 1 daily

New route

Okinawa (Naha) = Okinoerabu

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

0 daily ⇒ 1 daily

New route

Amami Oshima = Yoron

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

0.5 daily (*19) ⇒ 1 daily

(*18) For more information, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en

(*19) Amami Oshima – Yoron is operated on Tue, Thu. and Sat. Yoron – Amami Oshima is operated on Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sun.

 

Flight Frequency Decrease

 Route

Effective Period

Details

Remarks

Osaka (Itami) = Fukuoka

May. 7 ~ May. 31, 2018

Jul. 1 ~ Aug. 31, 2018

4 daily ⇒ 3 daily

Osaka (Itami) = Izumo

May. 7, 2018 ~

5 daily ⇒ 4 daily

(*20)

Nagoya (Chubu) =

Sapporo (New-Chitose)

May. 7 ~ May. 31, 2018

5 daily ⇒ 4 daily

(*20) 4 daily flights will be operated with the EMBRAER170 from May 7, 2018.

 

Flight Suspension

 Route

Effective Period

Details

Remarks

Amami Oshima = Okinoerabu

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

0.5 daily (*21) ⇒ 0 daily

(*23)

Okinoerabu = Yoron

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

0.5 daily (*22) ⇒ 0 daily

(*23)

(*21) Amami Oshima – Okinoerabu will be operated on Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sun. Okinoerabu – Amami Oshima will be operated on Tue, Thu. and Sat.

(*22) Okinoerabu – Yoron will be operated on Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sun. Yoron – Okinoerabu will be operated on Tue, Thu. and Sat.

(*23) Flight suspension due to change of connection point associated with the inauguration of the “Amami Islands Hopping Route”.

 

Major Aircraft Change

EMBRAER170 → EMBRAER190                                                                  DHC-8-400  → EMBRAER170

(76 Economy)     (15 Class J/80 Economy)                                                                   (74 Economy)    (76 Economy)

Route

Effective Period

Route

Effective Period

Tokyo (Haneda) = Yamagata

Mar. 25, 2018 ~

Osaka (Itami) = Oki

May 7, 2018 ~ (*24)

Tokyo (Haneda) = Misawa

Mar. 25, 2018 ~

Osaka (Itami) = Tanegashima

Aug. 1 ~ Aug. 31, 2018

(Seasonal operation)

Osaka (Itami) = Akita

May. 7, 2018 ~

       (*24) Boeing 737-800 will be operated Aug. 1-31

Osaka (Itami) = Matsuyama

May. 7, 2018 ~

Sapporo (New-Chitose) = Aomori

Aug. 1, 2018 ~

 

     Boeing 737-400     → Boeing 737-800                                                       SAAB340B/DHC-8-400  → ATR 42-600

         (20 Class J/125 Economy)  (20 Class J/145 Economy)                                          (36 Economy) (74 Economy)    (48 Economy)

Route

Effective Period

Route

Effective Period

Okinawa (Naha)=Kumejima

May. 22, 2018 ~

Osaka (Itami) = Tajima

May. 7, 2018 ~

Tokyo (Haneda) = Kumejima

Jul. 14~Aug. 31, 2018

(Seasonal operation)

Osaka (Itami) = Yakushima

May. 7, 2018 ~

Fukuoka = Yakushima

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

Amami Oshima = Tokunoshima

Jul. 1, 2018 ~

Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines (J-Air) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) JA204J (msn 7643) CTS (Robbie Shaw). Image: 933465.

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Japan Airlines and Boom announce a partnership for supersonic air travel

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Boom Supersonic have announced a strategic partnership to bring commercial supersonic travel to passengers.

While new and advanced technologies are changing our lives significantly, flight times for air travel have stayed relatively constant. Boom is developing a new-generation supersonic aircraft, which flies at Mach 2.2 and will cut flight times in half. Through this agreement, JAL will provide its knowledge and experience as an airline to support Boom in developing the aircraft.

As part of the agreement, JAL has made a strategic investment of $10 million (USD) in Boom and is collaborating with the company to refine the aircraft design and help define the passenger experience for supersonic travel. JAL also has the option to purchase up to 20 Boom aircraft through a pre-order arrangement. The two companies will cooperate closely to realize faster and more convenient air travel.

“We’ve been working with Japan Airlines behind the scenes for over a year now,” said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic. “JAL’s passionate, visionary team offers decades of practical knowledge and wisdom on everything from the passenger experience to technical operations. We’re thrilled to be working with JAL to develop a reliable, easily-maintained aircraft that will provide revolutionary speed to passengers. Our goal is to develop an airliner that will be a great addition to any international airline’s fleet.”

“We are very proud to be working with Boom on the advancement in the commercial aviation industry. Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more `time` to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety ,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines.

The JAL Group will continue to embrace new technology to deliver greater customer convenience and comfort, enhance its networks, and improve the quality of its products and services.

Boom Aircraft Specifications

Entry into Service: Mid-2020s                                   Maximum Range:  8,334km

Cruise Speed: Mach 2.2                                            45-55 Business Class Type Seating

 

Boom Supersonic is a Denver-based company dedicated to removing the barriers to experiencing the planet, starting by building a Mach-2.2 airliner economical enough to operate with business-class fares. Boom is backed by venture capital firms such as 8VC, RRE, Lightbank, Y Combinator, and Caffeinated Capital, as well as angel investors including Sam Altman, Paul Graham, and Greg McAdoo.

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Japan Airlines and Aeroflot launch a comprehensive partnership

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 909162.

Japan Airlines (JAL) Aeroflot Russian Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic cooperation agreement to pursue commercial opportunities which will greatly benefit the customers of both airlines by providing more options for travel between Russia and Japan.

Since the relaxation of visa requirements to the nationals of Japan and Russia from January 1, 2017, the demand between the two countries has been steadily increasing and the two airlines have agreed to work together to further stimulate travel between the two countries.

As a first step, JAL and Aeroflot have agreed to start codeshare cooperation between Japan and Russia as well as Aeroflot’s domestic flights, and JAL’s domestic and international flights. The first stage of the codeshare cooperation is planned to be implemented after fiscal year 2018.

In addition to the codeshare cooperation, JAL and Aeroflot will pursue the development of the partnership in various areas, including frequent flyer programs, airport relocation, while considering a joint business in the future.

Japan Airlines currently operates four weekly flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport from Tokyo Narita Airport using Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Between July to October 2017, the frequency had temporarily increased to seven flights per week to accommodate the demand during the peak summer season in 2017.

Aeroflot operates daily nonstop flights year-round from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport to Tokyo Narita Airport. Flights from Moscow are operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 909162.

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Aeroflot:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCV (msn 1072) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 911403.

Aeroflot Russian Airlines Airbus A330-343 VQ-BCV (msn 1072) GVA (Paul Denton). Image: 911403.

JAL introduces a newly painted “JAL Doraemon JET” on select China routes

Japan Airlines (JAL) has been promoting Doraemon as its campaign character in China since August 2016. Doraemon is one of the most famous characters representing Japan, and tremendously popular in China among all age groups.

JAL will introduce a newly painted Doraemon Jet (Boeing 787-8 JA837J) on select China routes in 2017, and launch its “Travel with Doraemon Campaign.”

The newly painted Doraemon Jet will operate between Tokyo (Haneda) and Beijing, and between Haneda and Guangzhou from Thursday, May 18, 2017. The Doraemon character painted on the aircraft adopted a specifically original design, inheriting from the original Doraemon Jet, which was introduced on the Tokyo (Narita) – Shanghai (Pudong) route in 2016.

Drinks will be served onboard in special Doraemon paper cups and postcards will also be available.

Period of Operation/Applicable route :

Haneda – Beijing (JL021/022)

May 18 (Thursday) ~ May 27 (Saturday)

June 2 (Friday) ~ July 7, 2017 (Friday)

Haneda – Guangzhou (JL087/088)

May 28 (Sunday) ~ June 1 (Thursday)

 July 8 (Saturday) ~ July 31, 2017 (Monday)

Image: JAL.