Japan Airlines Announces Plan to Relocate at John F. Kennedy International Airport to Join Pacific Joint Business Partner American Airlines for an Upgraded Customer Experience

Jamaica, NY – November 16, 2022

Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced plans to transition operations at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Terminal 8, allowing the airline to co-locate with Pacific Joint Business (PJB) partner American Airlines.

“We are pleased to announce plans to move our operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport to Terminal 8, which will allow us to provide our customers with a more seamless travel experience including easier connections to and from American Airlines flights,” said Makoto Maezawa, Senior Vice President – The Americas. “And customers can look forward to the extensive upgrades and comforts American is planning at the new location.”

“Terminal 8 is set to become a state-of-the-art facility for customers traveling on our Pacific Joint Business flights, with more than 130,000 square feet of new and refurbished customer and operational spaces,” said Scott Laurence, American’s Senior Vice President of Partnership Strategy. “From several lounges for our most loyal guests to offering all customers more comfortable facilities, expanded food and retail options, Terminal 8 will be an enhanced experience for those traveling at JFK.”

The new PJB co-location at Terminal 8 will provide customers of both airlines with smoother, faster and more convenient connections for travel to and from Tokyo and beyond on JAL, and throughout the U.S., Central and South America on American.

JAL offers up to two daily nonstop services from JFK to Tokyo. Together, American and JAL provide up to 34 flights a day between North America and Japan and their combined flight schedules operate from nine gateways throughout North America and three in Japan. JAL and American are also members of the oneworld® Alliance. Terminal 8 already is the JFK home to oneworld® partners Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian, with plans for British Airways and Iberia to move there later this year.

In early 2020, American began a USD 400 million renovation of Terminal 8 to enhance the overall customer experience. Construction is scheduled to be completed this year.

JAL customers will be able to take advantage of the renovated Terminal 8 when it makes its expected move there in May 2023. Details of JAL’s new facilities including the enhanced customer experience are expected to be finalized and shared in spring 2023. Until this move, JAL will remain at its current Terminal 1 location at JFK.

About Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® Alliance, the airline now reaches 349 airports in 54 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of 230 aircraft. Awarded as one of the most punctual major international airlines and a certified 5-Star Airline by Skytrax, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become one of the most preferred and valued airlines in the world. JAL has been serving the greater New York Community for 55 years – launching service to John F. Kennedy on November 12, 1966.

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