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Japan Airlines revises its flights and fleet plans for financial year 2013~14

Japan Airlines Group (JAL) today announced revisions made to its flight frequency and fleet plans for the remaining of fiscal year 2013(ending March 31, 2014).

In regards to the airline’s domestic network, flight frequencies on select routes will be adjusted to better meet demand as well as the changes in customer travel patterns including seasonal travel patterns in order to further maximize revenue. JAL will also strive to further improve customer convenience by expanding its domestic network.

In regards to the airline’s international network, new Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be deployed onto flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Sydney as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Bangkok to improve cost efficiency as well as to provide customers with updated products and services. In addition, the fully revamped Boeing 777-300ERs (JAL SKY SUITE 777) including the JAL SKY SUITE (named “Best Business Class Airline Seat” at SKYTRAX’s 2013 World Airline Awards) will be introduced between Tokyo (Narita) and Los Angeles from November 2013 as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Chicago from January 2014.

JAL will introduce completely revamped Boeing 767-300ERs (JAL SKY SUITE 767) between Tokyo (Narita) and Vancouver from December 2013 as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Kuala Lumpur from January 2014.

*The following schedules are subject to government approval.


Domestic Network
Flight Frequency Changes

Route

Details

Date Effective

Haneda = Osaka (Itami)

Increase from 15 to 16 daily round-trip
flights

Oct. 27, 2013 ~ Mar. 29, 2014

Haneda = Sapporo

Increase from 16 to 17 daily round-trip
flights

Oct. 27, 2013 ~ Mar. 29, 2014

Haneda = Izumo

Increase from 5 to 6 daily round-trip flights

Oct. 27, 2013 ~ Mar. 29, 2014

Fukuoka = Matsuyama

Increase from 7 to 8 daily round-trip flights

Jan. 7, 2014 ~

Okinawa (Naha) = Ishigaki

Increase from 9 to 10 daily round-trip flights

Sep. 1, 2013 ~ Jan. 6, 2014
Feb. 3, 2014 ~ Mar. 29, 2014

Okinawa (Naha) = Okayama

Increase from 1 to 2 daily round-trip flights

Oct. 1, 2013 ~ Mar. 29, 2014(*)

Osaka (Itami) = Fukuoka

Decrease from 5 to 4 daily round-trip flights

Oct. 27, 2013 ~

Sapporo = Hanamaki

Decrease from 4 to 3 daily round-trip flights

Oct. 27, 2013 ~ Mar. 29, 2014

Kagoshima = Matsuyama

Decrease from 2 to 1 daily round-trip flights

Jan. 7, 2014 ~
(*) Flight frequency will be back to 1 daily round-trip flight during the following period:
Oct. 15,20,21,27,28,30; Nov. 8~10,26,28; Dec. 1,3,5,7,8,10 ~12; Jan. 17~25,27~31; Feb. 1,2,4
International Network
Boeing 787-8 will be introduced onto the following routes
Boeing 787-8 configured with the JAL SHELL FLAT NEO in Business Class will be introduced between Tokyo (Narita) and Sydney as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Bangkok.

Route

Aircraft Type

Date Effective

Remarks

Narita = Sydney

787-8

Dec. 1, 2013 ~

JL771/JL772(JL772 from Dec. 2, 2013)

Narita = Bangkok

Dec. 2, 2013 ~

JL707/JL718, 4 among 7 weekly round-trip
flights
(JL718 from Dec.3, 2013)
*The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of Boeing 787-8.
Other aircraft type changes
JAL also aims to further improve the quality of its products and services offered on other routes, on all 3 daily round-trip flights operated between Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) and Bangkok, an improved JAL Business Class will be offered including the JAL SHELL FLAT SEAT installed on Boeing 777-200ERs, and JAL SHELL FLAT NEO installed on Boeing 787-8s.

Route

Aircraft Type/Date Effective

In-flight Service

Remarks

Haneda = Bangkok

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER
/Dec. 1, 2013 ~

Business Class:
JAL SHELL FLAT SEAT

JL33/JL34*1

Narita = Bangkok*2

From 767-300ER to777-200ER,787-8*3
/Dec. 1, 2013~

Business Class:
JAL SHELL FLAT SEAT(777-200ER)
JAL SHELL FLAT NEO(787-8)

From Narita to Bangkok:
JL717/Daily/777-200ER
JL707/Mo,Tu,Th,Sa/787-8
JL707/We,Fr,Su/777-200ER
From Bangkok to Narita:
JL718/Mo,Th,Sa/777-200ER
JL718/Tu,We,Fr,Su/787-8
JL708/Daily/777-200ER
*1 Premium Economy service will be provided on JL33/JL34 from Dec. 1, 2013.
*2 Among 14 weekly round-trip flights, 10 round-trip flights will be operated with Boeing 777-200ER, 4 round-trip flights will be operated with Boeing 787-8. Premium Economy service will be provided on flights with Boeing 777-200ER.
*3 The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of Boeing 787-8.
Flight frequency changes
Flight frequency will temporarily decrease in response to the passenger demand

Route

Details

Date Effective

Remarks

Narita = Beijing  

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly round-trip
flights

Nov. 25 ~ Dec. 8, 2013  

JL863/JL864 decreased
Improving the quality of products and services on Europe, North America and Southern Asia routes
JAL is now gradually introducing fully revamped cabin which are both spacious and functional on its Boeing 777-300ERs (JAL SKY SUITE 777) on Europe and North America routes. Additionally, the airline will introduce fully revamped Boeing 767-300ERs (JAL SKY SUITE 767) on middle and long-haul routes.  
                       
1.       Expansion of
JAL SKY SUITE 777
                         
JAL SKY SUITE 777 is now available daily between Tokyo (Narita) and New York, London as well as Paris. Moreover, the new configuration will be introduced on routes between Tokyo (Narita) and Los Angeles as well as between Tokyo (Narita) and Chicago.

Route

Aircraft Type

In-flight Service

Date Effective

Remarks

Narita = Los Angeles

777-300ER

JAL SKY SUITE 777 (*1)
First Class: NEW JAL SUITE
Business Class: JAL SKY SUITE
Premium Economy: JAL SKY PREMIUM
Economy: JAL SKY WIDER

Nov. 2013 ~

(*2)

Narita = Chicago

Jan. 2014 ~
(*1) For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 777, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss7/
(*2) The actual operating date will be introduced on JAL homepage when it has been decided. 
2.       Introduction of JAL SKY SUITE 767                       
JAL SKY WIDER, which is now being installed onto all Boeing 777-300ERs will also be installed on Boeing 767-300ERs. Highlights of the JAL Economy Class seat include increased pitch and a slim style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 cm (Max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch. In JAL Business Class, a new 180-degree fully reclining JAL SKY SUITE II seat will be installed, which was designed specifically for this aircraft type. In addition, each seat in the 1-2-1 configuration provides unobstructed aisle access for an undisturbed flight allowing maximum personal enjoyment and a soothing rest.

Route

Aircraft Type

In-flight Service

Date Effective

Remarks

Narita = Vancouver

767-300ER

JAL SKY SUITE 767 (*1)
Business Class: JAL SKY SUITE II
Economy: JAL SKY WIDER

Dec. 2013 ~

(*2)

Narita = Kuala Lumpur

Jan. 2014 ~
(*1)  For more details on JAL SKY SUITE 767, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/ss6/
(*2)  The actual operating date will be introduced on JAL homepage when it has been decided.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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