JAL ups fuel surcharge

The JAL Group has requested approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport, to revise the fuel surcharge placed on nearly all international passenger tickets after October 1, 2007.JAL has decided to increase the fuel surcharge for tickets issued between October 1 and December 31 2007, as the
price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel has averaged US$84.37 per barrel over the 3 month period May - July
Based on ticket sales in Japan, the new surcharges per person per sector flown range from 2,000 yen on a Japan -
Korea ticket (up from 1,700 yen) to 17,000 yen on a Japan- Brazil ticket (up from 15,500). The surcharge on a
Japan-Europe ticket or a Japan- North America ticket will be 13,000 yen, up from 12,000 yen.
The new fuel surcharges will be fixed at these levels throughout the three month period beginning October 1.
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 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.
The fuel surcharge charged for tickets issued from January to March 2008 will be reviewed based on the average
price of fuel for August through to October 2007.
The company will continue conducting a wide range of countermeasures to limit the full impact of the price increase
including fuel hedging, fuel consumption reductions, and the introduction of more fuel-efficient small and
medium-sized aircraft to its fleet.
Despite these measures, the company is still reluctantly obliged to ask its international passengers to bear part of the
burden caused by the unprecedented increase in the price of fuel over the past few years.