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Sunday, June 7, 2009

JAL plans for 10% capacity cut

JAL CEO Haruka NIshimatsu told Reuters at the International Air Transport Association AGM that they plan to reduce the international routes capacity by 10 percent in fiscal year 2010. 

NIshimatsu has not mentioned the which routes will see the cut. But I am sure LAX and ORD will see roughly 23% capacity reduction when they switch from 744 to 773 in November 2009. But that's FY2009! So what's going to happen in FY2010? Is JAL going to take more airplane deliveries and replace existing aircraft with smaller ones? Are they finally retiring their 744 passenger fleet? Maybe they will finally receive their 787 and that will account for some capacity reduction?

The last thing I want to see is they do is to cut the capacity by suspending more routes. JAL has been suspending quite a number of routes in the past few years. When I first start flying the LAX route, there were at least 2 daily flights to Japan (one to NRT and one to KIX), and there was an extra flight one some days (either JL025 from Las Vegas or JL065). Now there's only JL061 remains. Same happened to HKG and now there are only 2 daily HKG-NRT flights (3 if you count the HND one), down from 4 daily. If they cut JL735/736, that would mean there won't be any same day connection flight to HKG at NRT for me when I fly back from LAX :(

Hope they will announce the cut soon but FY2010 is still quite far away.

Source: Reuters


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