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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Official JAL Press Release: Changes in international network

(Update: Official press release is up on JAL website)

Ha I found the link to the official press release before JAL updated the PR site. It outlines the current restructuring plan including the list of routes to be suspended.

International Route Suspensions


Tokyo Narita (NRT)
San Francisco (SFO) [7 weekly]: transfer to Haneda, to be confirmed.
Sao Paulo (GRU) [2 weekly]: suspend from September 30 2010, withdrawal from Sao Paulo
Amsterdam (AMS) [7 weekly]: suspend from September 30 2010, withdrawal from AMS
Milan (MXP) [4 weekly]: suspend from September 30 2010, withdrawal from MXP
Rome (FCO) [3 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010, withdrawal from FCO
Brisbane (BNE) [7 weekly]: ex-NRT suspend from September 30 2010, ex-BNE from October 1 2010, withdrawal from BNE
Denpasar (DPS) [7 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010, withdrawal from DPS
Kona (KOA) [7 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010, withdrawal from KOA

Tokyo Kansai (KIX)
Depasar (DPS) [7 weekly]: ex-KIX suspend from September 30 2010, ex-DPS from October 1 2010. Withdrawal from DPS
Guam (GUM) [7 weekly]: ex-KIX suspend from October 1 2010, ex-GUM on October 2 2010
Hong Kong (HKG) [7 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010
Guangzhou (CAN) [3 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010
Beijing (PEK) [7 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010

Nagoya Chubu (NGO)
Bangkok (BKK) [7 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010
Guangzhou (CAN) [4 weekly]: suspend from October 1 2010

Frequency Reductions
Narita (NRT) - Incheon (ICN): Reduce from 21 weekly to 14 weekly from October 1 2010. JL955/956 suspended
Narita (NRT) - Guam (GUM): Reduce from 14 weekly to 7 weekly from October 1 (ex-GUM from October 2) 2010. JO949/940 suspended

Frequency Reduction/Suspension after Haneda Expansion (to be confirmed)
Narita (NRT) - San Francisco [7 weekly]: suspend from from October 31 2010
Narita (NRT) - Beijing (PEK): Reduce from 14 weekly to 7 weekly from October 1 2010. JL863/864 suspended (subject to Chinese government approval of HND flight)
Narita (NRT) - Hong Kong (HKG): Reduce from 14 weekly to 7 weekly from October 31 2010. JL731/732 suspended
Narita (NRT) - Taipei (TPE): Reduce from 21 weekly to 14 weekly from October 31 2010. JL801/806 suspended

New Routes / Frequency Increase
Haneda (HND) - Gimpo (GMP): Increase from 14 to 21 weekly from October 31 2010
Haneda (HND) - Beijing (PEK): Increase from 7 to 14 weekly from October 31 2010 (subject to Chinese government approval)
Haneda (HND) - Hongqiao (SHA): Increase from 7 to 14 weekly from October 31 2010 (subject to Chinese government approval)
Haneda (HND) - Hong Kong (HKG): Increase from 3 to 7 weekly from October 31 2010. Switch to day time flight. Temporary suspension between September 30 and October 30 2010 for ex-HND flights and October 1 and 30 2010 for ex-HKG flights)
Haneda (HND) - Taipei Songshan (TSA): Launch 14 weekly from October 31 2010
Haneda (HND) - San Francisco(SFO): Launch 7 weekly from October 31 2010
Haneda (HND) - Honolulu (HNL): Launch 7 weekly from October 31 2010
Haneda (HND) - Bangkok (BKK): Launch 7 weekly from October 31 2010
Haneda (HND) - Paris (CDG): Launch 7 weekly from October 31 2010

Aircraft Change
Narita (NRT) - Vancouver (YVR): 747-400 => 777-200ER from October 1 2010
Narita (NRT) - Honolulu (HNL): 747-400 => 767-300ER from October 1 2010 on JO072/071; from October 31 2010 on JO074/073
Narita (NRT) - Bangkok (BKK): 777-200ER => 767-300ER on JO707/708. ex-NRT flights from October 1 2010, ex-BKK flights from October 2 2010.
Narita (NRT) - Singapore (SIN): 777-200ER -> 767-300ER on JL711/712. ex-NRT flights from October 1 2010, ex-SIN flights from October 2 2010.
Narita (NRT) - Shanghai (PVG): 767-300ER => 737-800 from October 1 2010 on JL877/874
Narita (NRT) - Beijing (PEK): 767-300ER => 737-800 on JL869/860 from October 1 2010 for ex-NRT flights, from October 2 2010 for ex-PEK flights
Haneda (HND) - Hongqiao (SHA): 777-200ER => 767-300ER from October 1 2010
Haneda (HND) - Gimpo (GMP): 747-400 => 777-200ER on JL091/092 between October 1 and October 30 2010
Haneda (HND) - Gimpo (GMP): 777-200ER => 767-300ER on JL093/094 from October 31 2010
Kansai (KIX) - Honolulu (HNL): 747-400 => 767-300ER from October 31 2010
Kansai (KIX) - Shanghai (PVG): 767-300ER => 737-800 from October 31 2010
Chubu (NGO) - Honolulu (HNL): 747-400 - 767-300ER from October 31 2010
Chubu (NGO) - Shanghai (PVG): 767-300ER => 737-800 from October 1 2010

Kansai (KIX) - Gimpo (GMP) will provide economy class service only, increasing from 144 (12C 132Y) to 176 seats, i.e switching from V40 to V31 configuration.

Source: JAL Press Release (Japanese, English)

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10 comments:

  1. Jal said goodbye to their biggest tourist destination to Europe..What a shame!

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  2. Because it's a tourist destination, in other words, low yield route :(

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  3. Agree, but let me be doubtful on figures.
    Italy has the highest number of passengers from Japan to Europe, and even if low yield, probably a different aicraft (less expensive than 747) would have cut costs and increased the profit.
    Aren't you surprised the new Alitalia (private company now very careful to yields and destination) is going to have 11 weekly flts out of Italy to Japan?
    If this was an unprofitable route, they would have flown somewhere else..

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  4. This is the only data I have

    http://jal-pak.blogspot.com/2010/04/mlits-original-suspension-plan-36.html

    From Diamond Online's figures, FCO is losing money. MXP's net income / revenue is only at 3.2%. KIX-HKG has a much higher % and still get cut. Not to mention cutting Italy means shutting down all the offices and layoff all of the employees. That alone save a lot. I guess they figure it will be better for them to focus on the destinations with high rate of return...

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  5. Let me be doubtful on figures.

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  6. Fine....:P Let's see if ANA will start flying to Italy as part of their big international expansion.

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  7. "Jal said goodbye to their biggest tourist destination to Europe..What a shame!"

    They'll just have to connect in SIN to JQ when they start flying to Southern Europe.

    Changing JL711 to a 767? :(
    I'm glad my trip is before October.

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  8. Or on CX via HKG....

    Yup it sucks. But on the bright side, it could be one of the first routes to get 787, which is a 767 replacement :)

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  9. Ana will surely fly at least to MXP very soon!
    Japanese passengers flying via HKG or SIN? Well isnt it a shame for JL?

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  10. ANA will probably announce its plan soon, before the HND expansion.

    If I were flying to Italy from Japan, I would have fly via LHR or CDG to at least maximize my travel time on JAL :P It would be a shame if JAL has to stop flying all together. I would rather seeing direct flights to Italy gone from the JAL route map than the entire map disappear!

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