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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.

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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.

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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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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.

(Period)

  • 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=Kazan

Sheremetyevo=Yekaterinburg

Sheremetyevo=Samara

Sheremetyevo=Sochi

Sheremetyevo=Krasnodar

Sheremetyevo=Rostov

Sheremetyevo=Nizhny Novgorod

Sheremetyevo=Perm

Sheremetyevo=Ufa

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

Haneda­=Nagoya

Haneda­=Osaka (Itami / Kansai)

Haneda­=Okayama

Haneda­=Hiroshima

Haneda­=Fukuoka

Haneda=Nagasaki

Haneda=Kumamoto

Haneda=Kagoshima

Haneda=Okinawa

 

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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