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JAL Group revises routes, flight frequency and fleet plans

Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced revisions made to its route, flight frequency and fleet plans for the remaining of fiscal year 2012, the year ending March 31, 2013, highlighted by the launch of t

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Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced revisions made to its route, flight frequency and fleet plans for the remaining of fiscal year 2012, the year ending March 31, 2013, highlighted by the launch of two new routes using the latest Boeing 787-8, and also the deployment of this revolutionary aircraft on existing routes to raise service levels and profitability.

On its international network, as was announced, the 787-8 will be used to inaugurate the world’s first and only nonstop flight between San Diego (USA) and Asia with the service from Tokyo (Narita) commencing in December, and to start direct flights between Narita and Helsinki (Finland) in March 2013. More imminently, the 787-8 will be used for the additional daily service between Narita and Singapore slated to begin from October 28, 2012, increasing weekly flights to the city-state from 14 to 21. On the other hand, to meet the thriving demand for flights to and from New Delhi, JAL will increase flight frequency from 5 to 7 weekly round-trip flights along with upsizing the aircraft used on the Narita=New Delhi route to 777-200ERs. To more closely align supply with demand, adjustments are also made to the aircraft assignments for flights to and from China and Taiwan.

Domestically, flight frequencies on certain routes will be modified to match demand and the changes in travel patterns of customers influenced in part by the change in seasons. Additionally, current services between Tokyo (Haneda), as well as Osaka (Kansai) and Ishigaki will become nonstop both ways after the official opening of the New Ishigaki Airport.

International Network

New Routes

Route
Details
Date Effective
Days of Operation
Aircraft

Narita = San Diego
Beginning of 4 weekly round-trip flights
Dec 2, 2012
Mo, We, Fr, Su
787-8

Increase from 4 to 7 weekly round-trip flights
March 2013*
Daily

Narita = Helsinki
Beginning of 4 weekly round-trip flights
March 2013*
Mo, Tu, Th, Sa
787-8

Increase from 4 to 7 weekly round-trip flights
Middle of FY2013 first half*
Daily

Schedule of New Routes

Flight Number
Route
Dep. Time
Arr. Time
Days of Operation
Aircraft type/
Class of Travel

JL066
Narita – San Diego
17:10
09:45
From Dec. 2 2012: Mo, We, Fr, Su
From March 2013*: Daily
787-8
Business and Economy

JL065
San Diego – Narita
11:30
16:30 + 1

JL413
Narita – Helsinki
11:45
15:05
From March 2013*: Mo, Tu, Th, Sa
From middle of FY 2013 first half*: Daily

JL414
Helsinki – Narita
17:25
10:15 +1

* Current schedules are subject to change depending on the delivery of the 787-8 aircraft. / All timings shown are local.

Flight Frequency Increase / Aircraft Change

Route
Details
Date Effective
Remarks

(Frequency increase)
Narita = Singapore
Increase from 7 to 14 weekly round-trip flights
Additional daily flight to be operated with 787-8
Oct 28, 2012
JL711/JL710
(JL710 from Oct. 29, 2012)
Partially operated with 767s in December and January.

(Frequency increase)
Narita = New Delhi
Increase from 5 to 7 weekly round-trip flights
All flights to be operated with 777-200ER
Oct 29, 2012
Introduction of Premium Economy service with 777-200ER

Narita = Beijing
Aircraft change from 737-800 to 767-300ER
Oct 28, 2012
JL869/ JL860

Narita = Shanghai (Pudong)
Aircraft change from 737-800 to 767-300ER
Oct 28, 2012
JL877/ JL874

Chubu = Shanghai (Pudong)
Aircraft change from 737-800 to 767-300ER
Oct 28, 2012
JL883/ JL884

Narita = Taipei (Taoyuan)
Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 737-800
Oct 28, 2012
JL809/ JL802

Schedule of Additional Daily Flight

Flight Number
Route
Dep. Time
Arr. Time
Aircraft type/
Class of Travel
Remarks:

JL711
Narita – Singapore
17:55
00:35 +1
787-8

Business and Economy
Between Dec 1, 2012 and Jan 31, 2013, the route will be partially served with 787s and 767s as follows:

JL711: 787-8 Mo, Tu, Th, Sa / 767-300ER We, Fr, Su

JL710: 787-8 Tu, We, Fr, Su / 767-300ER Mo, Th, Sa

JL710
Singapore – Narita
01:55
09:30

All timings shown are local.

Deployment of the latest 787-8

The 787-8 is scheduled to be placed back in service on the route between Tokyo (Haneda) and Beijing from September 16, 2012, after a temporary switch to the current 767-300ER. Following that, 787-8s will be used for daily flights between Tokyo (Haneda and Narita), and Singapore after mid-October.

Flight Number
Route
Details
Date Effective

JL023 / JL024
Haneda = Beijing
Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 787-8*
Sep. 16, 2012

JL719 / JL712
Narita = Singapore
Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 787-8*
After mid-October 2012

JL035 / JL036
Haneda = Singapore
Aircraft change from 767-300ER to 787-8*
After mid-October 2012

* Reservations for these flights will be based on the configuration of the 787-8 once delivery schedules of the aircraft can be confirmed.

Domestic Network

Flight Frequency Changes

Route
Details
Date Effective

Haneda = Izumo
Increase from 5 to 6 daily round-trip flights
Oct. 28, 2012 ~ Feb. 28, 2013

Haneda = Sapporo
Increase from 17 to 18 daily round-trip flights
Mar. 1 ~ Mar. 30, 2013

Sapporo = Sendai
Increase from 4 to 5 daily round-trip flights
Oct. 28, 2012 ~ Mar. 30, 2013

Fukuoka = Miyazaki
Increase from 9 to 10 daily round-trip flights
Oct. 1, 2012 ~

Haneda = Okinawa (Naha)
Decrease from 14 to 13 daily round-trip flights
Oct. 28, 2012 ~

Fukuoka = Kagoshima
Decrease from 3 to 2 daily round-trip flights
Oct. 1, 2012 ~

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