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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












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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) ★


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Fairbanks (FAI) ★


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San Diego




Anchorage (ANC) ★


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Oklahoma City (OKC)

San Francisco (SFO)


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Washington DC (DCA)


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Las Vegas



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Spokane (GEG) ★

Kansas City (MCI)



Salt Lake City (SLC)




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Great Falls

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Washington DC (IAD)




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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:


American Airlines and Japan Airlines announce nonstop service from Tokyo to Las Vegas for CES 2019

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N815AA (msn 40633) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942988.

For the first time, American Airlines — together with its Pacific Joint Business partner Japan Airlines (JAL) —is announcing a special nonstop flight between Narita International Airport in Tokyo (NRT) and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS) to support additional demand for CES® 2019. American will operate the flight January 4–14, 2019.

“Thousands of travelers from Japan and other parts of Asia make their way to Las Vegas every year for CES,” said Shane Hodges, managing director of Asia Pacific Sales for American. “The network and onboard experience offered by American and Japan Airlines as part of our Pacific Joint Business is world-class, and we are thrilled to make getting to the world’s largest technology event faster and easier than ever before.”

This special service will be flown on American’s Boeing 787-8 and will be marketed by Japan Airlines. For the 10-day period, American’s service between NRT and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) will operate through LAS. JAL will continue to offer nonstop service between NRT and ORD during the same period. In addition to improved aerodynamics, advanced engine technology and better fuel efficiency, the 787 features a state-of-the-art onboard travel experience. The two-class aircraft features Flagship Business which includes 28 fully lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access, Cole Haan amenity kits, Casper bedding and chef-designed meals. American’s 787-8 also includes 55 Main Cabin Extra seats and 143 Main Cabin seats. It is equipped with satellite Wi-Fi to allow customers to stay connected, and all seats offer HD touchscreen monitors with the latest movies and TV shows, and even live TV, to enjoy while inflight.

Schedule (all times are local):

Depart Arrive First
AA187 LAS NRT Jan. 4, 2019 Jan. 14, 2019 11:25 a.m. 4:25 p.m. (next day)
AA186 NRT LAS 6:25 p.m. 11:40 a.m.

This 10-day air service is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $2.8 million in addition to the more than $270 million annually that CES and its 184,000 attendees bring to the local economy.”

CES® is a registered trademark of Consumer Technology Association™.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by American): American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N815AA (msn 40633) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942988.

American aircraft slide show (Boeing):

Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines seek antitrust immunized joint venture

The first Airbus A330-200 painted in the new 2017 livery

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) seeking immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture (JV) that promises significant advantages for consumers.



If approved, this will be Hawaiian’s first JV, and the first JV in the United States that does not involve one of the three largest U.S. carriers.

The antitrust immunized joint venture (ATI-JV) will build upon the codeshare partnership that the two carriers initiated in March, allowing them to coordinate marketing and sales efforts and share costs and revenue on their joint venture routes. In their application, Hawaiian and JAL demonstrate that the resulting efficiency will create a cascade of consumer benefits including lower fares, increased capacity and enhanced consumer choice.

Hawaiian and JAL estimate that the JV will bring an additional 162,000 to 350,000 passengers to Hawai’i and contribute between $184.5 million and $402.3 million to the U.S. economy annually, while generating between 1,855 to 4,049 U.S. jobs.

“We have long admired JAL’s excellent service, which corresponds well with the authentic Hawaiian hospitality we offer,” said Peter Ingram, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “This joint venture will combine two premier brands in the highly competitive JapanHawaii market, and travelers from both of our countries will benefit.”

“Through our new partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, we hope to boost travel of not only Japanese visitors to and through the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, but also that of Hawaii residents seeking to travel to and beyond Japan to Asian countries on our seamless networks,” said Yuji Akasaka, president of Japan Airlines.

If approved, the ATI-JV would facilitate Hawaiian Airlines’ enhanced access to 34 destinations throughout Japan, including Nagoya and Okinawa, as well as 11 points in Asia beyond Japan. Japan Airlines, in turn, will have improved access to Hawaiian’s Neighbor Island network as well as its non-stop flights to Honolulu from Haneda and Sapporo.

Top Copyright Photo: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-243 N361HA (msn 1823) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940251.

Hawaiian Airlines aircraft slide show:

JAL aircraft slide show:

Bottom Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA872J (msn 35428) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941936.

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner JA872J (msn 35428) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941936.

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.