|JAL Group FY2006 Route, Frequency and Fleet Plan|
Tokyo February 6, 2006: The JAL Group announced today its route, frequency and plan for fiscal year 2006, the
year beginning April 1, 2006 through to March 31, 2007.|
The JAL Group will continue restructuring its international, domestic and cargo businesses to build a more profitfocused network, aiming to return its international passenger business to profitability in FY2006. As outlined in its Medium-Term Corporate Plan FY2005-2007, JAL plans to build a stable business foundation capable of producing profits even in the face of factors such as rising fuel costs.
On international passenger routes, JAL will focus its resources on high profit and high growth routes, while suspending unprofitable routes. An income improvement of 8 billion yen is expected to result from route suspensions, flight frequency adjustments, and a review of aircraft scheduling contained in the FY2006 plan.
In FY2006, JAL will increase the number of flights between Tokyo and Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Taipei. The airline will suspend its Tokyo-Las Vegas route, daily Osaka - Los Angeles route, and two of its routes linking Seoul to two regional cities in Japan. Flight frequency will be reduced on JAL's Tokyo - London and Tokyo - Bangkok routes.
JAL will also continue expanding the international role of its low-overhead subsidiary JALways to secure further cost-competitiveness. JALways will take over flight operations on the Tokyo - Jakarta route from March 26, 2006, and from October 1, 2006 flight operations on Tokyo - Ho Chi Minh, Tokyo - Hanoi, Osaka - Hanoi, and Tokyo - Sydney routes.
JAL will expand the operations of domestic subsidiary JAL Express by the transfer of three MD-81 aircraft to that airline.
Fleet and Equipment Changes
During FY2006, JAL will also accelerate fleet downsizing. In total, six B747 ÔClassic' models will be retired from international and domestic service. On domestic routes three A300's will be retired, as well as four YS11 type aircraft.
To improve passenger comfort, increase efficiency and reduce costs, more fuel-efficient, environmental-friendly aircraft will be introduced including medium-sized B777-300ER and B767-300 aircraft on international routes, and B737-800 aircraft on domestic routes.
JAL's award-winning business class seat, the Shell Flat seat, will be introduced onto more international routes: Tokyo - Amsterdam, Osaka - London, Tokyo - Chicago (all flights) and Tokyo - SingaporeiJL719/710j. On domestic routes the airline will also expand by 43% the number of class J seats, domestic business class.
The airline group will expand its cargo business operations by introducing to its fleet two 747-400 freighters (converted from passenger versions). Flights will be increased on all routes, particularly those serving Narita airport: 51 flights per week at the end of FY05 up to 61 flights per week by the end of FY2006. After June 2006, direct services to Europe and the west coast of the USA will be gradually introduced to better respond to market trends and meet customer demand.
|1) INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER ROUTE PLANS|
a) Flight Frequency Increases
b) Route Suspensions
c) Flight Frequency Reductions
d) Expanded Operation of B777 on Europe Routes
2) DOMESTIC PASSENGER ROUTE PLANS|
a) Haneda Routes
- Suspension of Toyama route at the end of FY2005.
- Flights will be increased on Kochi, Miyazaki, and Tokushima routes during FY2006.
- The number of class J seats available on aircraft operating on Itami (Osaka) and Fukuoka routes, will be increased due to high business demand.
- To obtain a better overall balance between supply and demand, the number and size of aircraft used on Sapporo routes will be reduced.
- Larger-sized aircraft will be operated on Okinawa routes due to steady demand.
- Aircraft and frequency will be adjusted according to seasonal demand on such Hokkaido routes as Momanbetsu, Kushiro, and Obihiro.
b) Itami, Kansai International, Kobe Routes
As a result of reduced jet flight slots at Itami airport, the number of turbo-prop flights will be increased. There will be an overall increase in flights on Kansai routes.Flights between Itami - Narita will be increased after October.
We will closely watch changes in passenger traffic after the opening of Kobe Airport, and review overall operations in the Kansai area, including Itami and Kansai International, as required.
c) Nagoya Routes
- Operate large-sized aircraft (747 and 747-400) on Sapporo and Okinawa routes
- Increase flights on Sendai and Kagoshima routes
3) INTERNATIONAL CARGO PLAN (747F freighter flights).
4) JAL GROUP FLEET PLAN FY 2006 (April 1, 2006 - March 31, 2007)|
At the end of FY2006, the JAL Group fleet total will be 275 aircraft (4 less than at the end FY2005).
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