The JAL Group has announced its international passenger route, flight frequency
and fleet plan for fiscal year 2007, the year beginning April 1, 2007 through to March 31, 2008.Responding to strong passenger demand, JAL will increase flight frequency on a total of 8 scheduled routes
between Japan and France, the USA, and the high growth markets of China, India, Russia and Vietnam.
From May 2007, JAL will also introduce the latest state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 for the first time onto
international routes to strengthen the airline’s product and service competitiveness, and increase profitability.
1. International Passenger Scheduled Flight Frequency Changes
From March 25 2007, JAL will increase flight frequency between Tokyo and New York from 10 to 13 flights per
week. JAL will also offer a twice-daily service between Tokyo and Paris from June 1, 2007, when it increases
flight frequency from 10 to 14 flights per week on this route.
Furthermore, JAL will increase the number of flights between Japan and the high growth markets of China, India,
Russia and Vietnam. Flights between Tokyo and New Delhi will be increased from 4 to 5 flights per week from
October 1, 2007. To increase cost competitiveness, operation of the route will be taken over by JALways, JAL’s
low overhead international airline subsidiary. The number of flights operated by JAL between Tokyo -Moscow will
also be increased from 2 to 3 from the beginning of June to meet increased demand during the summer.
Out of Osaka, flight frequency will be increased on JAL’s Hanoi route from May 15, 2007, and on routes serving
the Chinese cities of Dalian, Hangzhou and Qinqdao from July 1, 2007. JAL will offer a daily service between
Osaka - Dalian when it increases flight frequency from 3 to 7 flights per week. In the future, JAL hopes to increase
flight frequency on its China routes even further.
From the point of profitability, the airline will reduce flight frequency on its Tokyo - Hong Kong route, and will not
resume its 3 flight per week non-stop service between Tokyo - Zurich, operated in the past only during the summer
season. Frequency will also be slightly reduced on JAL’s Tokyo - Guangzhou route.
2. Introduction of Boeing 737-800 onto International Routes
JAL will introduce the latest state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the first time on international routes to
strengthen the airline’s product and service competitiveness, and increase profitability. From May 2007, JAL will
operate the Boeing 737-800 on the four Osaka routes already mentioned: Osaka - Hanoi, Dalian, Hangzhou and
Qingdao. Additionally, JAL will introduce the new aircraft on its Osaka- Guangzhou route from July 2007.
This more fuel-efficient, environment-friendly aircraft is fitted with a fully-fledged business class compartment.
Every seat is equipped with its own personal in-flight entertainment system, and all business class seats and most
economy class seats will also have an AC power supply suitable for personal computers.
3. Charter Flight Expansion
In FY2007, JAL will increase the number of charter flights it operates by approximately 13% when compared to
the previous year, primarily to take advantage of the business opportunity presented by the expansion of the ‘silver’
leisure market in Japan with the retirement of the baby boomer generation.
JAL will offer international package-holiday charter flights to a wide range of destinations, including Alaska,
Australia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mongolia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.
Japan Airlines will also introduce new service improvements including a first-time ever first
class service on domestic flights, and a new international service class, “JAL Premium Economy” in FY2007 (the
fiscal year from April 1st 2007 to March 31st 2008).
Additionally, JAL is planning to improve in-flight meal quality and to introduce new seats in all present international
passenger classes, First, Executive (business class) and Economy class in FY2008.
JAL will introduce First Class on JAL domestic flights and is making preparations to start accepting reservations from
autumn of 2007.
In June 2004, JAL introduced ‘Class J’ on domestic flights to replace an earlier business class service, called
‘Superseat’. The concept of ‘Class J’ was to enable as many customers as possible to enjoy space with comfort for a
small supplement. At present, JAL offers about 8 million ‘Class J’ seats a year (based on planning for FY2007). The
average usage rate is more than 85%, indicating the popularity of the service, which has contributed significantly to
increasing domestic passenger income.
At the same time, there have been requests from some customers for a higher class of service, and to respond to these
customers’ requests JAL has decided to introduce First Class on JAL domestic flights. The new class will be
introduced on key trunk routes, where there will be three classes of service for the first time in the history of Japanese