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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:

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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.

JAL Group reports its net profit rose 11.4 percent to 150.8 billion yen ($1.3 billion) for its fiscal year

The JAL Group (JAL) has announced the consolidated financial results for FY2018:

To summarize the business environment in FY2018, major global economies including Japan and the U.S. achieved moderate and sustainable growth, despite U.S.-China trade frictions and political instability in Europe. Under these economic conditions, international and domestic air travel and international air freight demand remained strong in the first-half of the fiscal year. Although the company experienced a slightly weaker demand in the second-half, steady growth was seen throughout the fiscal year.

Crude oil prices, which affect fuel costs and international passenger and international cargo revenues, increased significantly over the previous year in the first-half of the fiscal year but dropped in the second-half due to the slowdown of the Chinese economy. However, fuel prices rose again from January 2019, partly attributable to the OPEC agreement to cut oil production and expectations for progress at U.S.-China trade talks, which left fuel price projections unclear.

Under these economic conditions, the company continued to implement profit conscious management strategies based on the principles of JAL Philosophy and the divisional profitability management system. In order to reach the goals set out in the FY2017-2020 JAL Group Medium Term Management Plan, the company will strive to realize greater management efficiencies and provide unparalleled service to customers, while committing to provide a safe and comfortable travel experience.

As a result, the operating revenue for the consolidated fiscal year increased 7.5% year over year to 1,487.2 billion yen, operating expenses increased 8.5% year over year to 1,311.1 billion yen, operating profit increased 0.9% year over year to 176.1 billion yen and the ordinary profit increased 1.3% from the previous year to 165.3 billion yen. The net profit attributable to owners of the parent was 150.8 billion yen, up 11.4% from the previous year.

  1. 1. JAL Group Consolidated Results for the Period April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019
Unit: Billions of yen   Fiscal Year 2017

(4/1/2017 – 3/31/2018)

Fiscal Year 2018

(4/1/2018 – 3/31/2019)

Difference

vs. Prior Year

% vs. Prior Year

Operating Revenue

1,383.2

1,487.2

+ 104.0

107.5

International Passenger

Domestic Passenger

Cargo (Inter/Dom)

Other

462.9

518.2

78.4

323.7

530.6

528.0

87.3

341.1

+ 67.7

+ 9.8

+ 8.8

+ 17.5

114.6

101.9

111.3

105.4

Operating Expense

1,208.6

1,311.1

+ 102.4

108.5

Operating Profit

174.5

176.1

+ 1.5

100.9

Operating Profit Margin

12.6%

11.8%

– 0.8 point

Ordinary Profit

163.1

165.3

+ 2.1

101.3

Profit attributable to owners of parent

135.4

150.8

+ 15.4

111.4

Figures have been truncated and percentages are rounded off to the first decimal place.

2. Air Transportation Segment

International Operations
For international passenger operations, outbound demand from Japan was steady while inbound demand remained strong, as the number of visitors to Japan reached 31.19 million in CY2018; exceeding the 30 million mark for the first time in the country`s history. To capture the robust demand, the carrier proactively optimized its cabin configuration and increased seat availability to balance out the supply and demand on each route. As a result of the routes launched in FY2017 (Narita=Kona, Narita=Melbourne, Haneda=London), available seat kilometers (ASK) increased by 6.0% year over year, passenger traffic grew by 6.3% year over year, revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) rose by 6.3% year over year, and load factor reached 81.3%.

In route operations, JAL launched new services between Haneda=Manila from February 1 and Narita=Seattle from March 31, 2019. And, for future routes, JAL announced the launch of the Narita=Bengaluru route during the summer schedule of 2020.

In regards to strengthening and expanding partnerships, JAL expanded codeshare agreements with the following airlines: S7 Airlines (from April 29, 2018), Garuda Indonesia (from October 28, 2018), Vietjet Air (from October 28, 2018), Aeroméxico (from February 13, 2019), Fiji Airways (from February 26, 2019), and Alaska Airlines (from March 31, 2019).

For enhancements to the current joint business partnerships, the following routes were added: British Airways` new Kansai=London route (from March 31, 2019) and Finnair`s Kansai=Helsinki route from March 31, 2019. In addition, Finnair announced new flights on the New Chitose=Helsinki route (from December 15, 2019), which will be added to the joint business structure. To further promote joint businesses with partner airlines, JAL filed an application for antitrust immunity with Hawaiian Airlines in June 2018 and with China Eastern Airlines in October 2018, with an aim to launch the business structure by March 31, 2020.

On the product and service front, the carrier introduced the JAL International Award Ticket PLUS program to provide customers convenient options to redeem award tickets. By using additional miles, customers can redeem award tickets that would normally be waitlisted under current conditions. Also, from April 2019, JAL changed the reservation start date for international flights from 330 to 360 days prior to departure, enabling travelers to book tickets at an earlier stage.

On routes to Hawaii, JAL introduced new services to meet the diversified needs of its customers and to further increase the carrier`s brand preference. Through a concept called Style yourself ~ JAL HAWAII, JAL opened a new lounge at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in August 2018, launched an early check-in service program with the carrier`s hotel partners and offered a reciprocal mileage program with Hawaiian Airlines. In addition, JAL introduced a dedicated self-service check-in counter at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport from March 2019.

The new passenger service system, which was renewed in November 2017, is being utilized to maximize yield management strategies, as well as increasing sales on its overseas online channels.

In international cargo operations, strong air freight demand in the first-half of the fiscal year centered on automobile related shipments but weakened in the second-half of the fiscal year.

As a result of the above, international passenger revenue was 530.6 billion yen, up 14.6% year over year.

Domestic Operations
In domestic operations, a number of flights were affected due to the aftermath of Typhoon Jebi at Kansai International Airport and the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake in September 2018. However, to cater to robust demand, JAL expanded routes operated by the Embraer 190 aircraft, centered on routes in and out of Osaka (Itami) Airport and introduced the JAL SKY NEXT configured Boeing 737-800 aircraft on Okinawa (Naha) routes operated by Japan Transocean Air.

As a result, available seat kilometers (ASK) increased by 1.1% year over year, passenger traffic grew by 2.4% year over year, revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) rose 2.2% year over year, and load factor reached 72.5%.

To support the recovery in the aftermath of the 2018 Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake, JAL offered Support Sakitoku fares at affordable prices on routes to/from Hokkaido along with dynamic package travel products. In addition, JAL lowered fares on its JAL Japan Explorer Pass as a limited time offer on Hokkaido routes and Kansai region routes (Kansai, Itami, Nanki-Shirahama) to revitalize inbound traffic to Japan.

In route operations, JAL launched new services between the islands of Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu, and Okinawa (Naha), also known as the “Amami Islands Hopping Route,” operated by Japan Air Commuter to further expand travel among the Amami Islands. In addition, the ATR72-600 aircraft was launched on routes to/from Kagoshima by Japan Air Commuter.

For products and services, the carrier started to accept domestic award reservations up to one-day prior to the flight from October 2018. In addition, JAL partnered with Kyushu Railway Company to offer optional services for customers traveling to airports in Kyushu using the domestic award ticket program, Dokokani Mile.

From February to March 2019, a new check-in system was progressively introduced to airports in Japan and the passenger service system renewal project was completed. This new system maximizes yield management strategy with greater precision in domestic passenger operations.

As a result of the above, domestic passenger revenue was 528.0 billion yen, up 1.9% year over year.

3. JAL Group Consolidated Financial Position

FY2017
As of March 31, 2018

FY2018
As of March 31, 2019

Difference

Total Assets (billion yen) *1

1,853.9

2,030.3

+ 176.3

Net Assets (billion yen)

1,094.1

1,200.1

+ 106.0

Equity Ratio (%)*2

57.2

57.4

+ 0.2 point

Interest-bearing Debt (billion yen)

125.7

142.3

+ 16.5

Debt/Equity Ratio *3

0.1x

0.1x

+ 0.0x

Figures are rounded down to the nearest tenth of a billion yen while percentages are rounded off to the first decimal place.

Note:
1. The Company applied “Partial Amendments to Accounting Standard for Tax Effect Accounting” (Corporate Accounting Standard No. 28, February 16, 2018), from the beginning of the first three months of the consolidated financial statements. The figure as of March 31, 2018 is based on a retroactive application.
2. Shareholders’ equity is total net assets excluding minority interests.
3. Debt-to-equity ratio is interest-bearing debt divided by shareholders equity.

JAL names its new low-cost long-haul carrier: ZIPAIR Tokyo

JAL-Japan Airlines has made this announcement:

During a press conference held at Japan Airlines Headquarters on Friday afternoon, T.B.L. Co., Ltd. Representative Director and President, Shingo Nishida, announced the name of Japan`s first medium to long-haul low cost carrier as ZIPAIR. With the registration now official, the company will be established as ZIPAIR Tokyo Co., Ltd., as of March 8, 2019. As previously announced, the new carrier will prepare for launch during the summer schedule of 2020.

Brand and Trade Name
As a result of this announcement, T.B.L. Co., Ltd. will officially change its trade name to ZIPAIR Tokyo Co., Ltd. and has released the company`s logo as shown above.

About the Name
‘ZIPAIR Tokyo’ is a coined word derived from the English word ZIP, which describes speed, such as how fast time can pass when traveling on a unique airline. In addition, the brand name incorporates the idea of traveling to destinations in various ZIP CODES, while aiming to create a calculated travel experience that encompasses the originality and ingenuity of the Japanese culture. And finally, the word Tokyo was added to the name, as the airline will be based in one of the most advanced cities in the world.

About the Logo and Corporate Color
The logo was developed in consultation with SIX INC.; a creative engagement agency based in Tokyo and has a track record of winning more than 400 creative awards in Japan and abroad, including CANNES LIONS.(SIX INC. URL – sixinc.jp)

The font is set in Roman and the corporate image will feature two-tones in what the company calls Harmony Gray and Trust Green. The gray tone features a feeling of balance and satisfaction with the cost of services provided, while green provides a sense of safety. Going forward, ZIPAIR will feature this unique logo and color scheme in its corporate branding materials.

Additional Logos
The [Z_] logo is a combination of the first letter in ZIP followed by a space the company calls Infinite Blank. This logo encapsulates the attitude to infinitely pursue services that meets the needs of the customers.

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Brand Logo 1                                                          Brand Logo 2

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Corporate Color

Application for Air Transportation Business License
ZIPAIR Tokyo Co., Ltd. applied for an air operator’s certificate to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on March 8, under Article 100 of the Aviation law. The contents of the air operator’s certificate application include:

Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Business Profile: To operate the following routes from the 2020 Summer Schedule
– Tokyo (Narita) = Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport
– Tokyo (Narita) = Seoul-Incheon International Airport

Recruitment of Personnel
Recruitment briefings will be held in April 2019. We are looking for employees full of spirit who will be active in a wide range of fields such as airport operations, planning services, as well as cabin crew, as opposed to the conventional recruitment style of filling a singular role in a corporation.