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Friday, April 20, 2012

JAL President hints possible international expansion destinations

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced its mid-term management plan a while back which targets a 25% capacity increase in its international network by utilizing the state-of-art mid-sized 787s. But they haven't specifically mentioned any new destinations. Today 47news quotes JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki and said JAL intends to open routes to new destinations every year.
These destinations include Myanmar and additional cities in China where economic growth is expected to be strong. Also JAL has suspended quite a few routes during the restructuring and they are also looking into those destinations such as Bali (DPS).


All Nippon Airways has already announced earlier that they will resume flights to Myanmar after 12 years. They intended to use a 737 on this route. Chinese cities JAL has withdrawn from during the restructuring includes Qingdao (TAO), Hangzhou (HGH), and Xiamen (XMN). With the exception of Bali, I am not quite sure if any of these cities can support demands for 787s though. 


New destinations announced for the current fiscal year are Boston (BOS) from April 22 2012, San Diego (SAN) from December 2012, and Helsinki (HEL) from March 2013 and they will all be operated by 787-8s.

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