JAL hopes to drop fuel surcharge

JAL Group has requested approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport, to reduce the fuel surcharge placed on nearly all international passenger
tickets issued on or after April 1, 2007.After an assessment of the outlook for the fuel market, and as a result of increases in IATA international fares
effective April 1 2007, JAL has decided to lower the fuel surcharge from April 1 as follows. Based on ticket sales
in Japan, the new surcharges range from 1,700 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket (down from 1,800 yen) to 15,500 yen
on a Japan- Brazil ticket (down from 16,500). The surcharge on a Japan-Europe ticket or a Japan- North America
ticket will be 12,000 yen, down from 13,000 yen.
This is the second fuel surcharge reduction this year. JAL reduced the fuel surcharge placed on all international
passenger tickets issued on or after January 1st, 2007. This was made possible by the fact that the price of
Singapore kerosene stayed below the benchmark of US$80.00 per barrel for 30 consecutive working days.
However, from April 1 2007 the fuel surcharge on a Japan - Hong Kong ticket will increase to JPY5,200 up from
JPY1,800 to more accurately reflect the distance flown and fuel usage on this route.
JAL originally introduced the fuel surcharge on international tickets in February 2005 in response to unprecedented
rises in the cost of fuel.
The surcharge will be reduced again once the price of Singapore kerosene stays below the benchmark of US$75.00
per barrel for 30 consecutive working days. The surcharge will be progressively reduced as the price of fuel
decreases, and will be cancelled completely when the price of Singapore kerosene stays below the benchmark of
US$45.00 per barrel for 30 consecutive working days.
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