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JAL announces international network expansion at Tokyo Narita in 2020

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced details of the decision to expand its international network from Tokyo-Narita International Airport in 2020. The carrier will introduce new routes to Vladivostok, Russia at the end of February and Bengaluru, India in March. In addition, JAL will offer double-daily service over the Pacific on their San Francisco route by adding a new nonstop to Narita, and will add a second flight to Guam for customers seeking to relax at the popular resort destination. Reservations and sales for these flights will start at 14:00 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. (Japan Time)

Narita=Vladivostok Service Launch
Service to Vladivostok will begin on February 28, and through March 28, 2020, the route will operate three times a week. From March 29, the carrier will operate daily through summer schedule 2020. The charming city of Vladivostok is just a 2-hour flight from Narita airport and JAL`s flight schedule is designed to offer customers ample time for exploring the city even on the day of arrival.

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Narita=Bengaluru Service Launch
Service to Bengaluru will begin on March 29, 2020. The route to southern India, popularly known as “India’s Silicon Valley” will not only connect customers between Japan and India, but also provide convenient connections to/from North America via Narita.

Narita=San Francisco Service Launch
Double-daily service from Tokyo to San Francisco will begin on March 29, 2020. By setting a convenient new Narita schedule, the carrier aims to provide smooth connections for business and leisure customers seeking to travel throughout Asia. The service is in addition to the airline`s current Haneda=San Francisco daily flight to provide customers with more travel choices between Japan and North America.

Narita=Guam Additional Flight
As travel demand continues to remain strong to Guam, JAL will add a second daily flight from July 1, 2020. The route will feature the JAL SKY SUITE configured aircraft, which have been well received by customers and features the airline`s latest in-flight seats and amenities.

The JAL Group will continue to refine its route network and aims to become one of the most preferred and valued airlines in the world.

The following plans and schedules are based on the approvals from the relevant authorities.

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Japan Airlines announces relocation plans to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport

Japan Airlines (JAL) revealed upcoming plans to relocate services to Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport. The carrier has operated flights from Tokyo to Moscow consecutively since 1967.

JAL announced a comprehensive business partnership with Aeroflot Russian Airlines (SU) in 2017. Aeroflot’s gateway hub is located at Sheremetyevo airport. Aeroflot has the largest network in Russia, allowing customers to conveniently travel to numerous destinations from Sheremetyevo airport.

Once the relocation is completed in 2020, JAL plans to start a codeshare partnership with Aeroflot, strengthening the relationship between the two carriers. Additionally, JAL will operate a new route between Tokyo Narita and Vladivostokduring the summer schedule of 2020. This enables JAL continued contributions to the economic development and cultural exchange between Japan and Russia.

Easily accessible from Moscow’s city center, Sheremetyevo airport’s modern infrastructure provides a high level of service for passengers. Sheremetyevo airport has been recognized for its high level of customer service by ACI’s global Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program for 2018. 2018 saw Sheremetyevo named to the ACI Director General’s Roll of Excellence. This prestigious list features airports that have been ranked the best in the ACI’s ASQ customer service quality ratings at least five times within the last 10 years.

 

American Airlines and Japan Airlines to add direct flights between Tokyo and Las Vegas in support of CES 2020

American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N774AN (msn 29581) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947034.

American Airlines and Pacific Joint Business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) for the second year are adding direct flights between Tokyo (NRT) and Las Vegas (LAS) to support the high demand for CES® 2020. American is also adding nonstop flights from Austin, Texas (AUS), and San Jose, California (SJC), and upgauging existing flights from Philadelphia (PHL) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to LAS surrounding the main event, which runs January 4–12, 2020.

Tokyo demand

“As CES continues to grow each year, we will continue to deliver on our promise to strengthen the value of our global network,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning.

This will be the second year that American is providing direct access to LAS from NRT in support of CES. The flight will be operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, featuring 36 fully lie-flat, all-aisle access Flagship Business seats that provide customers access to The Club at LAS to freshen up upon arrival or relax before departing.

Flight times between NRT and LAS will provide a seamless connection onto JAL’s network to and from Southeast Asia, including Singapore; Bangkok; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Manila, Philippines.

Domestic demand

American is also adding direct flights from major tech cities Austin and San Jose for the first time, offering additional service to fly next-generation innovators to the conference. Both flights will be operated on a Boeing 737-800 with optimal schedules and convenience for CES attendees.

“Whether it’s customers taking advantage of the direct flight from Austin or connecting on a lie-flat product all the way from South America to Las Vegas, we want to make sure the world’s best innovators have options on the world’s largest carrier,” Raja said.

In addition to the new direct service in January, two flights from American’s hubs — PHL and DFW — will be upgauged to an Airbus A330 and a 777-200, respectively, for an 18% increase in seats domestically. As American’s largest trans-Atlantic hub, PHL will provide more seats for customers connecting from Europe.

Tickets will be available for purchase on July 22.

New Service to LAS (all times are local):

Direct service:

Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Operating days Aircraft
AA186 NRT LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 12 6:20 p.m. 11:35 a.m. Mon., Wed., Thur., Sat. 777-200
AA187 LAS NRT Jan. 4 Jan. 12 11:15 a.m. 4:15 p.m. (next day) Mon., Wed., Sat. 777-200
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Operating days Aircraft
AA186 NRT LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 12 6:05 p.m. 11:20 a.m. Tues., Fri., Sun. 777-200
AA187 LAS NRT Jan. 4 Jan. 12 10:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. (next day) Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sun 777-200
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA1465 SJC LAS Jan. 6 Jan. 6 2:13 p.m. 3:43 p.m. 737-800
AA1465 LAS SJC Jan. 10 Jan. 10 6:55 p.m. 8:25 p.m. 737-800
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA1534 AUS LAS Jan. 6 Jan. 6 5:30 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 737-800
AA1534 LAS AUS Jan. 10 Jan. 10 5:25 p.m. 10:10 p.m. 737-800

Upgauged service:

Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA589 PHL LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 6 5:50 p.m. 8:18 p.m. A330
AA749 LAS PHL Jan. 9 Jan. 11 8:05 a.m. 3:53 p.m. A330
Flight Number Depart Arrive First Departure Last Departure Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft
AA2238 DFW LAS Jan. 4 Jan. 12 7:10 a.m. 8 a.m. 777-200
AA749 LAS DFW Jan. 4 Jan. 12 2 p.m. 6:50 p.m. 777-200

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 777-223 ER N774AN (msn 29581) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947034.

American Airlines aircraft slide show:

Japan Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB at Airbus Headquarters in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft produced by Airbus for JAL. The milestone event was attended by JAL Representative Director and Chairman Yoshiharu Ueki and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer.

Altogether, JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13    A350-1000s. JAL will initially operate the A350-900 on high frequency domestic routes, while the larger A350-1000 will fly on the carrier’s long haul international network. The first aircraft will enter service on the airline’s Haneda – Fukuoka route at the start of September.

JAL’s A350-900 is configured in a premium three class layout, with 12 seats in First Class, 94 in Class J  and 263 in Comfort Economy.

The ferry flight of the first JAL A350-900 is being performed with a blend of conventional and synthetic fuel, contributing to reduced CO2 emissions.

The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km). It features the latest aerodynamic design, a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.

At the end of May 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Photos: Airbus.

Previously JAL announced its schedule for the new type:

Japan Airlines will launch Airbus A350-900 service on September 1, 2019 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka airport.

JAL Airbus A350 – First Flight
1. Service Date: September 1, 2019 (Sunday)
2. Route: Tokyo Haneda-Fukuoka
Gradually expand to Tokyo (Haneda)-Sapporo (New Chitose)/Okinawa(Naha)/Osaka(Itami) routes
3. First Flight:    [From Haneda]  JAL 317 Tokyo Haneda 12:10 – Fukuoka 14:00
[From Fukuoka] JAL 318 Fukuoka 15:00 – Tokyo Haneda 16: 40

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JAL introduces its “Arashi Hawaii Jet”

Arashi special livery to honor Arashi's 20th anniversary - May 22, 2019 was the first day that this livery was launched from NRT to HNL as JAL782

Japan Airlines (JAL) has introduced a special “Arashi Hawaii Jet” livery on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA873J (msn 34852) in support of the boy band from Japan.

The group Arashi is on their 20th anniversary tour, named the “Arashi Anniversary Tour 5×20” tour.

The Dreamliner is different on both sides:

According to Wikipedia, Arashi are a Japanese boy band consisting of five members formed under the Johnny & Associates talent agency. The members are Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun.

In November 2018, Arashi began their 20th Anniversary tour, the “Arashi Anniversary Tour 5×20”.

On January 27, 2019, the group announced on their official fan club website that they will cease all group activities on December 31, 2020.

In other news, JAL Group (JAL) has announced that the first Airbus A350-900 aircraft will launch on September 1, 2019 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka airport.

The carrier will have a special “Airbus A350” logo on the first three aircraft, each in a different color.

Top Copyright Photo: On May 22 JA873J visited Honolulu for the first time in the new livery. JAL Hawaii (Japan Airlines) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA873J (msn 34852) (Arashi) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 946593.

JAL aircraft slide show:

 

JAL’s first Airbus A350-900 completes its first flight

JAL's first Airbus A350, will become JA01XJ

The first Airbus A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has successfully completed its first flight in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first aircraft to be produced by Airbus for the airline and features a special A350 logo on the fuselage.

Photo: Airbus.

The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, including cabin completion, as well as further ground and flight tests leading to customer acceptance and delivery.

Photo: Airbus.

Altogether JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s). The A350-900 will initially be operated by JAL on major domestic routes, with a three class configuration seating 369 passengers.

At the end of April 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 893 firm orders from 51 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZHF (JA01XJ) (msn 321) (Airbus A350) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 946406.

JAL aircraft slide show:

First JAL Airbus A350-900 rolls out of Airbus paint shop

Airbus made this announcement:

The first A350 XWB for Japan Airlines (JAL) has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France. The A350-900 is the first ever Airbus aircraft to be produced directly for JAL and features a special A350 red logo on the fuselage.

The aircraft will now proceed to ground and flight tests, before delivery to JAL in early summer.

In total JAL has ordered 31 A350 XWB aircraft, comprising 18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s. The A350-900 will initially be operated on major domestic routes, with a three class configuration seating 369 passengers.

The A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and eco-efficient aircraft family shaping the future of air travel. It is the long-range leader in the large wide-body market (300 to 400+ seats). The A350 XWB offers by design unrivalled operational flexibility and efficiency for all market segments up to ultra-long haul (15,000km).

The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.

At the end of March 2019, the A350 XWB Family had received 890 firm orders from 50 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful wide-body aircraft ever.

Note: The pictured Airbus A350-941 in the special livery will become JA01XJ on delivery.

All photos by Airbus.