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Japan Airlines updates its international network plan through March 26, 2022

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced additional revisions to its international network plans between January 28,2022 to February 28,2022 on the route for Seoul and on the route frequency plan for each direction except for the Seoul route for March 01 to March 26,2022.

*1. The JAL provides JAL “Corona cover”

*2, which covers medical, testing, and isolation expenses for those who test positive for the new coronavirus infection while traveling.

JAL has extended the service period from January 10, 2022 to March 31, 2022 and will continue to provide full support for customers’ travel. JAL will continue to provide safe and secure travel experience.

Note 1:The Beijing route plan for March 01-26was already announced on December 02.
Note 2:Extending the period of support for international travel, ”JAL Corona Cover”

✓ In order to strengthen the network between Asia and North America, we will change the operating days of the Tokyo Haneda – Los Angeles route increase the number of flights on the Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong route.

 In order to improve the convenience of customers traveling to and from destinations other than Tokyo, such as for relocation or return to their home country, we will continue to offer the following services.

Kansai-Los Angeles flights, increase Los Angeles-Kansai flights, and establish London-Kansai and
Dallas/Fort Worth-Chubu flights. * =Both ways. -One way.

Extra flights on the following flights.(March01-March26.)

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JAL conducts environmental survey in Osaka to realize eVTOL

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.  (JAL) is aiming to launch an Air Taxi business using eVTOL* in FY 2025, and plans include a scenic flight to view the area around Yumeshima, the venue for the OSAKA-KANSAI World Exposition to be held in the same year, and an Air Taxi service connecting the venue and Kansai International Airport(KIX),etc.

At this time, JAL has been selected by the Osaka Prefectural Government to participate in the “Demonstration Test toward the Realization of eVTOL (hereinafter “the project”)”(*1), and will conduct a demonstration experiment using helicopters in Osaka.

Outline of the Demonstration Test:

Implementation period: November 2021 – February 2022
​Implementation details:

① Verification based on actual operation (scheduled for November 2021)
We will conduct actual helicopter flights over Yumeshima, the site of EXPO 2025 OSAKA, KANSAI, JAPAN, to investigate the constraints on the flight environment and ground facilities. This will lead to the establishment of a flight environment in which diverse aircraft can coexist.

② Verification of social acceptability (scheduled for February 2022)
In cooperation with Volocopter, GmbH (*2), which is participating in the Osaka Roundtable (*3) for the social implementation of eVTOL together with JAL, this virtual flight combines a helicopter flight scenery over Osaka with an in-flight view of eVTOL. In addition to making eVTOL feel familiar to many people, we will conduct a survey on customer expectations by conducting a questionnaire before and after experiencing a virtual flight, and utilize the results for the future realization of eVTOL in the Osaka area.

“eVTOL” is expected to play an active role in a wide range of fields, such as Air Taxi services, emergency
lifesaving and disaster response, taking advantage of its mobility similar to that of a helicopter. JAL will use the results obtained from this project in cooperation with the Osaka Roundtable to contribute to the realization and popularization of eVTOL, which Osaka aims to achieve

eVTOL :electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing: A small aircraft that can take off and land vertically by rotating multiple rotors with an electric motor. It attracts attention as a means of next-generation transporting that fuses drone and electric vehicle technologies.

Previously the airline made this announcement:

Japan Airlines and Volocopter Sign Agreement to Develop and Launch Air Mobility Services in Japan

Exploring Business Opportunities of Air Mobility Services in Japan Utilizing eVTOL

 

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Japan Airlines (JAL) and Volocopter GmbH (Volocopter) entered into a cooperation agreement to promote the development of the urban air mobility industry for next generation air transportation options of passengers and goods.

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VoloCity, air taxis for cities   ©Volocopter

In February 2020, Japan Airlines Innovation Fund invested in Volocopter, which is aiming to create and bring next-generation electrically powered air taxis and heavy lift cargo drone technology to the market, as part of their Series C funding round. With this agreement, JAL and Volocopter will strengthen their partnership to jointly explore business opportunities for air mobility services, specifically Volocopter’s eVTOL technology, in Japan.

The agreement outlines that Volocopter and JAL work on permanent sustainable commercial operations of air taxis in Japan. By establishing local partnerships, jointly approaching Japanese cities and prefectures and working on market demand and social acceptance, JAL and Volocopter will prepare for commercial launch in Japan within the next 3 years.

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VoloDrone, the sustainable heavy-lift drone   ©JohnDeere / Volocopter

Volocopter GmbH, The pioneer in Urban Air Mobility, is developing urban air taxi services to add a new dimension of mobility to megacities. They are developing next-generation battery powered air taxis and heavy lift drones (eVTOL – electric Vertical Take-off and Landing aircraft). In October 2019, Volocopter successfully performed a piloted flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay and is currently focused on receiving commercial certification for their VoloCity aircraft by the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency).

JAL will provide their in-depth knowledge accumulated via safe aircraft operation experience to a next-generation air mobility operation platform service. In addition, through air mobility services, JAL aims to deliver medical care in remote areas to achieve key sustainable development goals.

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Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 737-846 WL JA329J (msn 35358) (JAL Jomon Jet) ITM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 954890.

"JAL Jomon Jet", celebrates the registration of the Jomon-era remains in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku region for UNESCO World Heritage Site

Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 737-846 WL JA329J (msn 35358) (JAL Jomon Jet) ITM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 954890.

 

Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Airbus A350-941 JA06XJ (msn 405) (Minna-no JAL 2020 JET Vol. 3) HND (Akira Uekawa). Image: 954735.

Gold logo - "Everyone's JAL 2020 JET Vol. 3" celebrating the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Copyright Photo: Gold logo – “Everyone’s JAL 2020 JET Vol. 3” celebrating the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: JAL-Japan Airlines Airbus A350-941 JA06XJ (msn 405) (Minna-no JAL 2020 JET Vol. 3) HND (Akira Uekawa). Image: 954735.

JAL plans to invest further in Spring Airlines Japan to make it a subsidiary

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JAL – Japan Airlines wants to expand its 5% investment in Spring Airlines Japan to a controlling 51% or higher share.

The purchase of additional shares is expected to be accomplished in May.

Spring Airlines Japan (Tokyo-Narita) is a low-cost airline. It is currently 33% owned by Spring Airlines, a Chinese low-cost carrier, with the remaining shares held by Japanese investors including JAL. The airline began operations in August 2014. The airline specializes in bringing Chinese tourists to Japan.

JAL is eager to cash in on the expected return of Chinese tourists.

Read more from the Japan Times.

Top Copyright Photo: Spring Airlines Japan Boeing 737-86N WL JA03GR (msn 41272) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 922533.

Spring Airlines Japan aircraft slide show:

JAL Group reduces its domestic network between April 29 – May 31, steps-up its antiviral strategy

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

The JAL Group has announced further reductions on its domestic network between April 29 and May 31, as the carrier is expecting a slight decline in travel demand in response to the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Japan. In accordance with the conditions of carriage, customers affected by the cancelations will be re-accommodated on an alternative flight.

The JAL Group has implemented key measures to provide our customers with a safe and secure travel experience, including an optional COVID-19 fee-based test for those with valid domestic reservations. To date, the carrier has received more than 16,000 applications to conduct pre-travel testing for COVID-19. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but would like to ask for our customer’s understanding during this unprecedented time.

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Note – Figures Include JAL Group Operated Flights (JAL, J-AIR, JAC, HAC, JTA, RAC)
Select routes may be operated by a different aircraft configuration and customers may receive a new seat assignment. Also, First Class/Class J may not be offered when a change in aircraft configuration occurs.

In other news, Japan Airlines is applies sustained antiviral and antibacterial coating to safeguard customers throughout the travel experience:

Summary

-Aircraft are disinfected during the night, but to further enhance hygiene precautionary measures, a SIAA* certified antiviral and antibacterial coating will be applied inside the aircraft to ensure the well-being of our valued customers when they travel on a JAL operated flight.
-Antiviral and Antibacterial coatings will be applied at every customer touchpoint, including the airport counter, check-in equipment and all lounges located in Japan.
* SIAA Society of International sustain growth for Antimicrobial Articles

Since the beginning of the global pandemic, the JAL Group has proactively implemented key measures against COVID-19 to provide our customers with a safe and secure travel experience. Today, the carrier strengthened its commitment by introducing an industry leading antiviral and antibacterial coating inside the aircraft cabin.

Inside the Aircraft

The SIAA certified coating will be applied to surfaces inside the aircraft, which will effectively inactivate most viruses within the cabin. Locations include the lavatory, seats, armrests, overhead bins, interior walls and various locations that customers may come in contact with during a flight. The coating agent has been proven to reduce viral levels in a safe manner, as certified by the SIAA. Aircraft that have been applied with the coating will display the SIAA certification near the entrance of the aircraft. The coating process will start in April 2021 and is expected to be completed by July 2021. (Japan Air Commuter and Hokkaido Air System will be completed by year-end)

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At the Airport

Back in November 2020, JAL began applying the antiviral and antibacterial coating at domestic airport check-in counters, automated baggage check-in machines, check-in kiosks, boarding gate counters, and on airstairs and will gradually expand the program at airports nationwide. Antiviral and antibacterial coatings have also been applied to airport security areas, wheelchairs, and baby strollers.

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Other Safety Initiatives

Since March 15, the carrier is offering an optional COVID-19 fee-based testing service, and has received more than 17,000 applications to conduct the test prior to boarding a Japan domestic flight. In addition, the carrier introduced touchless check-in kiosks at Haneda Airport in March 2021 and has since installed the kiosks at Sapporo, Osaka (Itami), Fukuoka, Okinawa and Hiroshima airport.

JAL has been awarded the highest levels of COVID-19 safety certifications from two leading international airline advisory organizations, in recognition for its enhanced JAL FlySafe measures at the airport and on board. JAL is the first airline in Asia to simultaneously achieve the highest level 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating from SKYTRAX, and the highest Diamond Certification from APEX Health Safety powered by Simpliflying.

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

JAL aircraft slide show:

JAL early retires its 13 Boeing 777-200s

JAL – Japan Airlines has announced it has early-retired its 13 remaining Boeing 777-200s.

The type was grounded by JAL in February 2021 following the Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engine-incident with United Airlines.

The airline issued this short statement:

“JAL has decided to accelerate the retirement of all P&W equipped Boeing 777 by March 2021, which was originally planned by March 2022.”

 

 

Photo of the Day: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 767-346 ER JA622J (msn 37549) (JAL Dream Express Fantasia 80) ITM (Akira Uekawa)

2020 "JAL Dream Express Fantasia 80" livery

“JAL DREAM EXPRESS FANTASIA 80” is JAL’s special livery to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Disney’s “Fantasia” movie.

The logo jet entered service on November18, 2020.

Copyright Photo: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 767-346 ER JA622J (msn 37549) (JAL Dream Express Fantasia 80) ITM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 953052.

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.

Revenue

EBIT

Profit or Loss

Billions of Yen

Billions of Yen

Billions of Yen

Previous Forecast
(as of Oct 30, 2020)

530.0-600.0

(380.0)-(330.0)

(270.0)-(240.0)

New Forecast
(as of Feb 1, 2021)

460.0

(420.0)

(300.0)

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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