Category Archives: JAL-Japan Airlines

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 –

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.


Fiji Airways and Japan Airlines announce codeshare agreement

Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline and Japan Airlines have announced a codeshare arrangement that makes travel between Japan and Fiji much more convenient for travelers. Both airlines are members of the oneworld® alliance family, with Japan Airlines being a fully-fledged member while Fiji Airways is a member of the oneworld connect program.

The codeshare arrangement, now open for sale, will allow Japan Airlines to offer up to three weekly flights between Nadi (NAN) and Tokyo Narita (NRT), with two direct services and options via our other Asian gateways Singapore (SIN), and Hong Kong (HKG), utilizing the `JL` designator code on flights operated by Fiji Airways. (*)

Once regulatory approvals are obtained, tickets will be progressively made available for sale through various booking channels.

(*) Subject to regulatory approvals

First Japan Airlines Airbus A350 takes shape in final assembly line

Final assembly of the first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun and is taking shape at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  The wing-fuselage junction and the installation of the vertical and horizontal tailplane have been completed.

Initial A350-900 for Japan Airlines in assembly

JAL’s first A350-900 shapes up in the final assembly line in Toulouse, France

After this station, the first JAL A350 XWB will be in the next assembly station for final structural completion – such as the installation of winglets – and ground testing of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems.

JAL placed an order for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s) in 2013. It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.

The carrier’s first A350-900 is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year. JAL’s A350 fleet will enter service on major domestic routes starting with its Haneda-Fukuoka route from September and later fly on international routes, replacing older-generation widebody types.

The A350 XWB is an all-new family of mid-size widebody long-haul airliners shaping the future of air travel. It is the world’s most modern widebody family and the long-range leader, ideally positioned in the 300-400 seat category. The A350-900 and the A350-1000, and derivatives, are the longest range airliners in operation, with a range capability of up to 9,700nm. 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% 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 product for the most comfortable flying experience.

At the end of January 2019, Airbus has recorded a total of 894 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 48 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

JAL announces new codeshare routes with Alaska Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that the carrier will open sales on additional codeshare routes with Alaska Airlines. The new routes became effective on Monday, December 3. These new codeshare routes will be available from March 31, 2019 when JAL plans to launch its highly anticipated nonstop daily service between Seattle/Tacoma and Tokyo-Narita International Airport.

JAL and Alaska will now offer codeshare flights on 55 routes through Seattle/Tacoma, adding 19 new destinations to JAL`s network. Through the enhanced partnership, JAL and Alaska will serve a wide range of destinations in the U.S. and Canada, providing seamless connectivity through Seattle/Tacoma.

Japan Airlines Tokyo (Narita) – Seattle/Tacoma Service












Days of


Tokyo (Narita)

– Seattle




March 31, 2019~




Seattle –

Tokyo (Narita)




(Next Day)

March 31, 2019~




Flights and schedules are subject to government approval



Codeshare Flight List (New)
Select flights may become available after March 31, 2019
Flights and schedules are subject to government approval

Connections from/to SEA Airport





New York








Santa Rosa


Walla Walla (ALW) ★


(BUR)   ★

Fairbanks (FAI) ★


(KTN) ★


(OAK) ★

San Diego




Anchorage (ANC) ★


(BZN) ★




(JNU) ★

Oklahoma City (OKC)

San Francisco (SFO)


(YKM) ★



Washington DC (DCA)


(FCA) ★

Las Vegas



(ONT) ★

San Jose








Spokane (GEG) ★

Kansas City (MCI)



Salt Lake City (SLC)




(BLI) ★



Great Falls

(GTF) ★




(PSC) ★








(EAT) ★

Washington DC (IAD)




(PUW) ★

Santa Ana











(MSO) ★


(RDM) ★

St. Louis


JAL to resume service to Seattle/Tacoma

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA821J (msn 34831) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944277.

JAL – Japan Airlines on March 31, 2019 will resume service on the Tokyo (Narita) – Seattle/Tacoma route.

The restored route will operate with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on a daily basis according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JAL): JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA821J (msn 34831) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944277.

JAL aircraft slide show:


JAL to resume full operations at Kansai Terminal 1 on September 21, will start Haneda – Manila flights

Japan Airlines has made this announcement:

Due to the major impact of Typhoon 21 (Jebi), flight operations have been limited at Kansai International airport. During the closure of the airport, JAL Group operated additional flights out of Narita International airport, while servicing select flights on Japan domestic routes to provide transportation options to the public.


As full recovery is expected at Kansai International airport, the company has announced that all scheduled JAL Group flights will resume operations on September 21, 2018.

During the last few weeks, the country of Japan has experienced two major natural disasters at Kansai airport (typhoon) and New Chitose airport (earthquake), which has affected the economies in each respective region. Through the full operation of flights, the JAL Group will embrace the challenge to help support and revitalize these regions.

In other news, JAL will launch flights from Tokyo (Haneda) – Manila on February 1, 2019.

Japan Airlines expands international network in Southeast Asia, signs partnership with Garuda Indonesia

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 737-846 WL JA317J (msn 35346) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943473.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that the carrier will expand its Southeast Asia regional network by launching a new route between Tokyo (Haneda) and Manila starting on February 1, 2019.

Furthermore, JAL and Garuda Indonesia have signed a strategic partnership agreement, providing more travel options between the two countries. The two airlines will start offering codeshare flights on select routes to expand the Japan = Indonesia network.

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

The following plans and schedules are subject to government approval.

Tokyo (Haneda) – Manila Route
With an influx of Japanese companies in the Philippines, the country is achieving remarkable economic growth where the demand for tourism from both Japan and the Philippines is expected to rise over time. By launching the Tokyo (Haneda) = Manila route, JAL looks to strengthen its presence in this diverse market.

By setting the departure time at midnight and arrival time during the early morning hours at Haneda airport, customers can seamlessly connect with flights throughout JAL`s domestic network 1.

Together with the existing flights from Narita, JAL will soon operate three daily flights to Manila providing customers with more convenient travel options.
1 Applicable to 34 domestic airports in Japan operating from/to Haneda.

  • Reservations and ticket sales will begin Sep. 12, 2018. (14:00 Japan Time)
  • In celebration of the Tokyo (Haneda) – Manila route, JAL plans to launch a campaign for JAL Mileage Bank members. Details of the campaign will be announced at a later date.

Flight Schedule: Tokyo (Haneda) – Manila Service
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Diagram: JAL`s Flights from/to Manila

[JAL Group Domestic Network: Haneda International Airport]

Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with Garuda Indonesia
Following the announcement that Japan Airlines (JAL) and Garuda Indonesia have signed a strategic partnership agreement, the two airlines will first offer codeshare flights between Japan and Indonesia, and on domestic flights operated by Garuda Indonesia and Japan Airlines, respectively. Garuda Indonesia will also offer codeshare flights on select transpacific routes operated by Japan Airlines.

Through this partnership, the two carriers will offer four daily flights between Japan and Indonesia, providing more travel options for business and leisure travelers in the market.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JAL): JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 737-846 WL JA317J (msn 35346) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943473.

JAL aircraft slide show: