JAL reveals 2007 fleet plans

The JAL Group has established the cargo business route, frequency and fleet plan for FY2007, the year ending March 31, 2008.In preparation for the increase of slots at Narita and Haneda airports in FY2009, JAL’s cargo division is taking steps to build a business structure that generates stable income. During the coming year JAL will retire old 747F Classic freighters, introduce 767F freighters, and increase the number of 747-400F in the all-cargo aircraft fleet to further increase profitability.

Following the introduction of new 767F freighters in summer, JAL will launch cargo flights to Tianjin and Qingdao in China from July 2007, and Jakarta from October 2007. Some of these cargo flights will make stopovers at Kansai and Chubu airports to increase the convenience of customers in the Kansai (Osaka) and Chubu (Nagoya) districts, and help fulfill strong cargo demand.

By operating 747-400F aircraft on U.S. West coast routes, JAL will discontinue stopovers at Anchorage, Alaska, and will fly non-stop in order to shorten time and reduce costs. On U.S. East Coast routes, on certain days flight frequency and transit airports have been reviewed and the number of 747-200 series freighters has been reduced.

In FY2007, five 747F- 200 series freighters aircraft will be retired and three 747-400BCF aircraft, newly converted from 747-400 passenger versions, will join the JAL 747 fleet, which will total 11 aircraft by the end of the fiscal year in March 2008 (seven 747-400 aircraft and four 747F types).

After the inclusion of three new 767F aircraft in summer 2007, the total JAL freighter fleet strength will be 14 aircraft as of March 2008.