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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.

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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.

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

Route

Flight

No.

Dep.

Time

Arr.

Time

Effective

Period

Aircraft

Type

Days of

Operations

Tokyo (Narita)

– Seattle

JL068

18:05

11:05

March 31, 2019~

787-8

(SS8)

Daily

Seattle –

Tokyo (Narita)

JL067

14:20

16:30

(Next Day)

March 31, 2019~

787-8

(SS8)

Daily

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

Albuquerque

(ABQ)

Boston

(BOS)

New York

(EWR)

Wichita

(ICT)

Minneapolis

(MSP)

Reno

(RNO)

Santa Rosa

(STS)

Walla Walla (ALW) ★

Burbank

(BUR)   ★

Fairbanks (FAI) ★

Ketchikan

(KTN) ★

Oakland

(OAK) ★

San Diego

(SAN)

Edmonton

(YEG)

Anchorage (ANC) ★

Bozeman

(BZN) ★

Fresno

(FAT)

Juneau

(JNU) ★

Oklahoma City (OKC)

San Francisco (SFO)

Yakima

(YKM) ★

Atlanta

(ATL)

Washington DC (DCA)

Kalispell

(FCA) ★

Las Vegas

(LAS)

Ontario

(ONT) ★

San Jose

(SJC)

Kelowna

(YLW)

Austin

(AUS)

Denver

(DEN)

Spokane (GEG) ★

Kansas City (MCI)

Portland

(PDX)

Salt Lake City (SLC)

Vancouver

(YVR)

Bellingham

(BLI) ★

Detroit

(DTW)

Great Falls

(GTF) ★

Orlando

(MCO)

Pasco

(PSC) ★

Sacramento

(SMF)

Calgary

(YYC)

Nashville

(BNA)

Wenatchee

(EAT) ★

Washington DC (IAD)

Medford

(MFR)

Pullman

(PUW) ★

Santa Ana

(SNA)

Victoria

(YYJ)

Boise

(BOI)

Eugene

(EUG)

Houston

(IAH)

Missoula

(MSO) ★

Redmond

(RDM) ★

St. Louis

(STL)

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.

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