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Japan Airlines revises its international network plan on Sydney, Honolulu, and Dallas/Fort Worth route

Japan Airlines (JAL) has revised its flight frequency plans on select routes between February 1 and April 15, 2021. The carrier will continue to review travel restrictions within each destination and update its international network, while providing customers with a safe and secure travel experience.

Oceania Routes – Sydney and Melbourne
From February 1-14, the carrier will operate two roundtrip flights per week between Tokyo Haneda and Sydney. In order to abide by the travel cap established by the Australian government, flights for the latter half of the month will be announced at a later date. For service to Melbourne, the route will continue to be suspended for the immediate future.

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East Asia Routes – Seoul Gimpo and Busan
For service to Seoul Gimpo and Busan, the routes will continue to be suspended for the month of March.

Hawaii/Guam Routes – Honolulu, Kona, and Guam
From March 21 to April 15, the carrier will operate one roundtrip flight per week between Tokyo Haneda and Honolulu. For service to Kona and Guam, the routes will continue to be suspended for the immediate future.

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Travel restrictions are intact for flights between Hawaii and Japan. Currently, travelers must be quarantined for 10 days upon entering the state. At the same time, the State of Hawaii has implemented a regulation for travelers to submit a negative COVID-19 test result. If the FDA-approved test shows proof of a negative result, this allows travelers to waive the 10-day quarantine measure if tested 72 hours prior to departure.

Since September 1, all travelers to the State of Hawaii must submit their local contact information, itinerary, and health conditions prior to travel.

Reductions Announced Today
February 1 – April 15, 2021
Reduced: Routes 10 / Flights 848
See previous announcement (December 17, 2020)

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Extra Section Flights between Chubu Centrair Airport and Dallas Fort Worth
To support essential travel needs for workers planning to travel from/to Central Japan, JAL will operate one-way flights during the month of March. Reservations and sales for flights from NGO go on sale February 1 at 11:00 JST.

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In other news, on the financial side, JAL issued this report:

The JAL Group has announced the consolidated financial results for the third quarter of FY2020. Beginning this fiscal year, the Company will apply IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) to the consolidated financial results. In order to make a comparative analysis, IFRS will be applied to the figures from FY2019.

1) JAL Group Consolidated Results for the Period April 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Due to the global impact of COVID-19, the business environment has been extremely challenging for the airline industry. In response to the sharp decrease in international and domestic travel demand, the carrier continued to reduce variable and fixed costs to counteract the significant decrease in revenue. However, operating revenue decreased to 356.5 billion yen, down 68.0% year-over-year, EBIT recorded a loss of 294.1 billion yen, and profit/loss figures recorded a loss of 212.7 billion yen.

As strict travel and quarantine restrictions continue to be imposed on a global scale, international passenger demand decreased 96.6% and international passenger revenue recorded 18.8 billion yen, down 95.3% year-on-year. Domestic passenger demand in Japan gradually recovered, especially in leisure demand, since the government sponsored Go to Travel promotional campaign included the city of Tokyo from October 2020. However, due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases reported in December, the government temporarily suspended the Go to Travel campaign during the year-end holidays, resulting in lower domestic passenger demand. As a result, domestic passenger demand decreased 66.7% and domestic passenger revenue recorded 136.9 billion yen, down 68.0% year-on-year. In order to maximize its revenue stream, the JAL Group continued to support domestic and global cargo logistics by utilizing passenger aircraft. As a result, cargo revenue increased 31.5% year-on-year, recording 90.9 billion yen.

Consolidated Financial Results for Third Quarter – FY2020

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2) JAL Group’s Consolidated Financial Forecast – FY2020
Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions imposed by relevant government authorities, the following figures may be subject to fluctuation. The following forecast is based on the assumption that the current international and domestic passenger demand will remain constant until the end of the current fiscal year.



Profit or Loss

Billions of Yen

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Previous Forecast
(as of Oct 30, 2020)




New Forecast
(as of Feb 1, 2021)




Note: Market Assumption for FY2020
Singapore Kerosene :42.4USD/bbl, Dubai Crude Oil: 40.9USD/bbl, FX Rate: JPY 105.7/USD

Consolidated Earnings Forecast – FY2020 (Demand/Revenue)

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1) FY2019 figures are based on the revised forecast disclosed at the FY19Q3 Financial Results announced on January 31, 2020
2) Disclosed on October 30, 2020

While maximizing efforts to increase revenue, the carrier looks to minimize its losses by reducing fixed costs and flexibly adjusting capacity based on actual demand. Cash on hand will be 370 billion yen, as of March 2021, and equity ratio will be 44.3% and D/E Ratio will be 0.5x.

3) JAL Group Financial Position
In order to improve the airline`s financial structure, JAL initiated a public equity offering in November 2020 to secure the necessary scale of funds to realize a growth strategy once the pandemic subsides. Through the offering, equity capital increased to 1 trillion and 17.1 billion yen. JAL established a strong financial base and shareholders’ equity ratio now stands at 47.6% and D/E ratio at 0.5x.

Interest-bearing debts decreased to 494.5 billion yen from the end of the second quarter. Required repayments within one year, including leasing, is set at 61.5 billion yen.

Operating cash flow improved to ▼29.9 billion yen in Q3 from ▼130.2 billion yen reported in Q1

Summary of Consolidated Statement of Financial Position and Cash Flow

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4) Initiatives to Improve Performance
Expenses have been reduced by over 120 billion yen for the fiscal year, doubling the original target of 60 billion in reduction.

Due to the early retirement of the Boeing 777 aircraft, restructuring costs will increase by 10 billion yen, resulting in a total of 590 billion yen in fixed costs for the fiscal year.

Continue to aim for a cost reduction equivalent to 40% of the reduced revenue.

Based on the previous forecast, a CAPEX reduction of 90 billion yen is estimated.

The carrier will continue to carry out drastic cost and CAPEX reduction initiatives in a timely manner and make company-wide efforts to improve the financial performance.

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Initiatives to Bolster and Secure Liquidity at Hand
As of the end of December, 2020, liquidity at hand is more than 750 billion yen, including unused credit line. During the third quarter, cash burn has steadily decreased to 10-15 billion yen per month. During the fourth quarter, cash burn expects to increase to 25 billion yen per month, half of the first quarter level, as cost reduction efforts have been made.

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5) Dividends Policy
The global impact of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the JAL Group. Therefore, in order to secure liquidity at hand, the Company has determined to not provide an annual dividend payment to the shareholders and have asked for their understanding during the unprecedented crisis.

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Japan Airlines revises June 2020 international schedule in response to COVID-19

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced revisions to its flight frequency plans for the month of June 2020. Based on the announced plan, JAL will reduce approximately 96% of its international services through June 30, 2020. Additional services for the current month of May 2020 have also been reduced as shown below.

While commercial passenger flights will be greatly reduced, the Company will continue to operate cargo-only flights on select routes to help keep business moving throughout the world. The Company sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience but would like to ask for our customer`s understanding during this unprecedented time.

Reduction of International Services // Applicable Dates: June 1 – June 30, 2020
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Reduction of International Services // Applicable Dates: May 1 – May 31, 2020
Additional services have been reduced on the following routes:
Europe – London
Southeast Asia – Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Manila
East Asia – Seoul Gimpo, Kaohsiung
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Operation of Cargo Flights
In order to respond to the cargo demand across the globe, JAL plans to operate cargo-only flights by utilizing passenger aircraft on routes to North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania.

For full list of flights, refer to the attached document.
Schedules are valid as of May 14, 2020 and are subject to change.

Temporary Restrictions on Seat Assignments in Response to COVID-19

Thank you for flying with Japan Airlines.

In order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the JAL Group has continued to reduce services on specific routes throughout the carrier`s network and to maintain a safe and secure environment for our customers, JAL has adopted additional measures as follows:

Seat Assignments to Practice Social Distancing

In order to provide customers peace of mind, JAL is preparing to add a temporary restriction on seat assignments to allow more personal space inside the aircraft cabin. As a result of this initiative, select seats will become unavailable to reserve and we ask for our customer`s understanding. In addition, to assure ample space between each passenger, please note that our representatives at the airport may ask you to change seats prior to your flight.

The above handling is not applicable to some aircraft and routes, First and Business class on international flights.


  • Japan Domestic Flights : From April 29th to June 30th.
  • International Flights : From May 10th to June 30th.
  • We may extend or shorten the period depending on the situation.
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Seat Map Display on JAL website

Japan Domestic Flights

Unavailable seats will be displayed as "Unselectable".

International Flights

Unavailable seats will be displayed as "Not available"

Boarding Process

Passengers will now be requested to wear a face mask when traveling on JAL Group flights. While we understand the need for travel, any customer feeling under the weather is asked to refrain from boarding the flight. If any symptoms appear, consult your physician prior to taking the flight.

Although these procedures may be inconvenient, we ask for your cooperation so that we can provide a safe and secure environment for our customers.

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JAL and ANA operated this Boeing 787 for the torch relay of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (now rescheduled)

2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch relay aircraft

JAL and ANA jointly operated this Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (JA837J) for the torch relay flight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The aircraft carries the logos of both carriers.

JA837J is pictured arriving at Tokyo (Narita) (NRT) on March 20 after completing the mission carrying the torch from Athens to JASDF Matsushima Air Base. This livery was applied for about only a week, until the plane got repainted to the regular JAL scheme soon after this landing.

This will become a very rare photo since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been rescheduled for July 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Top Copyright Photo: JAL and ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA837J (msn 34860) (Tokyo 2020) NRT (Akira Uekawa). Image: 949531.

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Japan Airlines announces a temporary reduction of domestic services in response to the coronavirus

JAL-Japan Airlines has made this announcement:

In an aim to contain the further outbreak of the coronavirus, various sporting and cultural events have been suspended in Japan and travel demand on the carrier`s domestic network has decreased. As such, the Company announced the decision to temporarily reduce services between March 6 and March 12, 2020.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience but would like to ask for our customer`s understanding during this unprecedented time. The Company will continue to monitor and implement effective measures to provide our customers peace of mind when traveling on flights operated by the JAL Group.

Reduction of Select Japan Domestic Services
Applicable Dates: March 6 – March 12, 2020
Total Number of Flights: 352

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Aeroflot and Japan Airlines agree on a codeshare partnership

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines and Japan Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that will offer added flexibility to passengers travelling between Russia and Japan. The codeshare comes into effect from March 29, 2020, with ticket sales launching at the beginning of March.

Both airlines will operate daily services between Tokyo (HND) and Moscow (SVO) under the codeshare agreement, as well as on connecting flights to major cities in Russia and Japan, thereby expanding the range of options available to passengers. Japan Airlines will add its “JL” designator codes on 10 major Russian destinations such as St. Petersburg, Kazan and Yekaterinburg. Aeroflot will place its “SU” designator codes on 10 popular Japanese destinations such as Sapporo, Osaka and Fukuoka.

Furthermore, both parties intend to increase codeshare destinations including Aeroflot’s new operation between Osaka (KIX) and Moscow (SVO) scheduled to commence in June 2020.

Aeroflot has operated a daily flight from Moscow to Tokyo since 1967, and is the leading carrier on East-West transit routes between fast-growing markets in Asia and Europe and North America. The Russian flag carrier offers seamless connectivity through its home airport and major hub at Sheremetyevo, as well as award-winning on-board service including menus designed specifically for travelers from countries in Asia.

Japan Airlines has also committedly operated flights between Tokyo and Moscow as the only Japanese carrier for over 50 years. Both partners are delighted to enter the partnership, and hope to contribute further to the market by providing customers with more options and great customer experience.

Operating Carrier Codeshare Routes
Aeroflot Japan=Russia route Haneda=Sheremetyevo
Russia Domestic route Sheremetyevo=St. Petersburg







Sheremetyevo=Nizhny Novgorod



Japan Airlines Japan=Russia route Haneda=Sheremetyevo
Japan Domestic route Haneda­=Sapporo


Haneda­=Osaka (Itami / Kansai)









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.

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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.

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