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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Exciting Changes in accumulating JMB Hotel Miles at JAL Hotels

Instead of 300/600 miles per stay at Hotel JAL City/Nikko Hotels, now you will get 200-2,000 JAL Mileage Bank miles per night depending on your rate plan.

Also, you will be able to earn miles at participating hotel restaurants. 100 yen = 2 miles.

Details here (only Japanese page mentions restaurant miles):
English: http://www.jalhotels.com/jmb/reserve.html
Japanese: http://www.jalhotels.com/jp/jmb/reserve.html

Changes effective since April 1 2010

Fly on JAL and get 500 WAON campaign

Register and fly 2 JAL flights on eligible fares and receive 500 WAON.

Campaign Period: July 1 - Sept 30 2011 (Boarding Date)

Registration Period: Till 23:59 September 30 2011 JST

Eligible Fares: Summer Advanced Purchase Fare, Super SAKITOKU Advanced Purchase Fare, JMB Companion Fare (Only companions are eligible), and Transit Fare 28.

Eligible Routes: JAL Group Airlines domestic routes, all routes of JEX, JAC, JTA, and HAC, as well as Okinawa(Naha)-Kumejima/Miyako/Yonaguni, Ishigaki-Miyako/Yonaguni routes on RAC.

Japan members only. For more details, you can visit JAL website (Japanese only).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Boeing left metal shavings in JAL's new 767 (JA654J) fuel tank!

Seattle Times reported that Japan Airlines (JAL) has found some metal shavings left inside the fuel tank of their latest 767-300ER (JA654J). JAL troubleshoot the fuel imbalance problem of the 763 fuel tank and found small metal particles inside! The article did not say it's JA654J but you can tell from the delivery date.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Travel Together! JAL Domestic Award Ticket Special Discount Campaign

Japan Airlines (JAL) has added another campaign to the JAL Mileage Project 2011. This time is discounted domestic awards if you travel in group of 2-4 people between June 27 and July 31 2011. You will be able to fly to zone A and zone B (roundtrip) with as little as 8,500 and 10,000 JMB miles respectively! That's a saving of 3,500 miles for zone A and 5,000 miles for zone B. Reservation starts at 9:30 on April 27 2011 (JST).

For more details you can refer to JAL website (Japanese/English). Notice the banner on the English website shows the wrong information right now. 8,500 and 10,000 miles should the correct numbers, not 7,500 and 8,500 miles :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Improved Coffee on JAL Domestic Flights + First Class Coffee Campaign

JAL will introduce a new coffee on all domestic flights. The new coffee is a collaboration between JAL and some coffee experts in Japan. They repeated tested the new coffee for 6 months and adjusted the coffee repeatedly. They finally come up with this new coffee created specifically for JAL flights. It has a rich flavor, pleasant acidity. JAL will start serving this brand new coffee on all domestic flights from April 28 2011.

On the other hand, JAL will run a special campaign and serve the finest coffee produced by Dr. Kawashima Yoshiaki "Grand Cru Café" on its domestic First Class between April 28 (Thursday) May 31 (Tuesday) 2011

For details, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese only)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

JAL to raise international fuel surcharge on June 1 2011

Japan Airlines (JAL) has just announced the new fuel surcharge for international tickets issued on or after June 1 2011. As expected, the fuel surcharge will increase from zone E to zone G. Therefore for a US-Japan ticket, the surcharge will increase from USD202 to USD288 one way! For list of new surcharge, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese, English). For details on how JAL determines its fuel surcharge, you can refer to here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

JAL added more domestic suspensions in April

Japan Airlines (JAL) added more domestic flights to its list of domestic flight suspensions. This time JTA flights between Okinawa and Ishigaki. Below are the flights affected and the flights passengers on those flights will be rebooked on.

OKA-ISG NU601 07:15-08:15 will be replaced by NU603 08:20-09:20 on Apr 21-28
OKA-ISG NU613 14:05-15:05 will be replaced by NU615 14:50-15:50 on Apr 20, 25-27
ISG-OKA NU612 13:10-14:05 will be replaced by NU614 13:45-14:40 on Apr 20, 25-27
ISG-OKA NU628 20:30-21:20 will be replaced by NU626 19:50-20:40 on Apr 20-27

For complete list of suspensions, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese only)

JAL announced international flight suspensions and capacity reduction in May

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced the latest flight suspensions and capacity cut in May as a response to the drop in demand caused by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. JAL added NRT-KIX route to the suspension list. Below is the list of the change

Monday, April 11, 2011

JAL Express "Let's Do Our Best, Japan!" Livery

JAL Express "Let's Do Out Best, Japan!" livery
JAL Express "Let's Do Out Best, Japan!" livery. Image by Japan Airlines.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has unveil the JAL Express (JEX) new livery. They will put "JAL Express" on the fuselage just like before. The 73H with the new livery will be the first plane to land at SDJ when it partially reopens on April 13 2011. JAL has added the slogan "Ganbarou Nippon" (Let's Do Our Best, Japan!) on the fuselage too. Below is a picture on Manichi Daily News provided by JAL.

According to @ikarosairline, the plane will be JA302J.

For more pictures you can visit Manichi Daily News.


Friday, April 8, 2011

JAL extends domestic flights suspension till June 30 so they can operate more relief flights

Originally JAL only suspends the flights till May 31 so they can deploy the aircraft for Tohoku relief flights. But they have announced they will extend the suspension till June 30 few days ago. Below are the new details

Thursday, April 7, 2011

JAL to resume flights to Sendai on April 13

Japan Airlines (JAL) will resume flights to Sendai (SDJ) earlier than expected on April 13 2011. JAL will operate 1 Daily flight to Tokyo Haneda (HND) and 2 daily flights to Osaka Itami (ITM). Below are the schedules

April 11 - 20
JAL4721 HND 08:55 - SDJ 10:00
JAL4724 SDJ 17:00 - HND 18:05

JAL4755 ITM 11:45 - SDJ 13:00
JAL4757 ITM 14:45 - SDJ 16:00
JAL4756 SDJ 11:00 - ITM 12:20
JAL4758 SDJ 14:00 - ITM 15:20

For the rest of the special Tohoku region relief flights, please visit JAL website: http://www.jal.co.jp/other/info2011_0411_rinji.html (Japanese only)