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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

JAL updates flight frequency and fleet plans for fiscal year 2013 and announces the 2nd JAL SKY SUITE 767 route

JAL SKY SUITE 767
JAL SKY SUITE 767 (SS6) Business Class cabin. Image by Japan Airlines. 

Japan Airlines (JAL) has just announced the revised flight frequency and fleet plans for the rest of the current fiscal year ending in March 2014, which also include the announcement of the second JAL SKY SUITE 767 (SS6) route! Below are the changes.

Domestic Network


Haneda - Osaka Itami 
Increase from 15 to 16 daily roundtrip flights between October 27 2013 and March 29 2014

Haneda - Sapporo New Chitose 
Increase from 16 to 17 daily roundtrip flights between October 27 2013 and March 29 2014

Haneda - Izumo 
Increase from 5 to 6 daily roundtrip flights between October 27 2013 and March 29 2014

Fukuoka - Matsuyama 
Increase from 7 to 8 daily roundtrip flights from January 7 2014

Okinawa Naha - Ishigaki 
Increase from 9 to 10 daily roundtrip flights between September 1 2013 and January 6 2014, and between February 3 2014 and March 29 2014

Okinawa Naha - Okayama 
Increase from 1 to 2 daily roundtrip flights between October 1 2013 and March 29 2014 except for the following dates which the frequency will be back to 1 daily: October 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30, November 8-10, 26, 28, December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10-12, January 17-25, 27-31, February 1, 2, 4.

Osaka Itami - Fukuoka
Decrease from 5 to 4 daily roundtrip flights from October 27 2013

Sapporo New Chitose - Hanamaki
Decrease from 4 to 3 daily roundtrip flights between October 27 2013 and March 29 2014

Kagoshima - Matsuyama
Decrease from 2 to 1 daily roundtrip flights from January 7 2014

International Network


Tokyo Narita - Beijing

Decrease from 14 to 7 weekly roundtrip flights between November 25 and December 8 2013. JL863 and JL864 are temporarily suspended during this time.

With the exception of the SS6 rollout, the rest of the international route announcements are just the repeat of the April 30 announcement, which includes the Sydney route getting 787-8 service from December 1 (2 on ex-Sydney flights) and therefore losing Premium Economy service but gained JAL SHELL FLAT NEO seats and MAGIC-V with SKY MANGA. Tokyo Haneda - Bangkok route will be upgraded to 777-200ER with Premium Economy service while Tokyo Narita - Bangkok will see a mix of 777-200ER and 787-8 service.

The JAL SKY SUITE 777 (SS7) rollout schedule has not changed with Los Angeles and Chicago routes getting them in November 2013 and January 2014 respectively. The only exciting news here is now we know the Tokyo Narita - Kuala Lumpur route will be getting SS6 in January 2014 after Tokyo Narita - Vancouver launching this in December 2013. Unfortunately no specific dates were given on neither of the SS7 and SS6 rollouts.

For more details, you can refer to JAL Press Release (Japanese, English).


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