Japan Airlines has filed with the Japanese Ministry of
Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for a decrease in
fuel surcharge for international cargo flights departing Japan, with
effect from April 1, 2009.
The international cargo fuel
surcharge on long-haul international routes for flights departing Japan
will decrease from 115 yen to 31 yen per kg. In the case of medium-haul
international routes, the surcharge will decrease from 99 to 27 yen per
kg, and on short-haul routes from 83 yen to 23 yen per kg, representing
an overall reduction of up to 27% on all routes.
JAL has also filed with the MLIT to revise the procedure of setting its
fuel surcharge levels. At present, adjustments are made 4 times a year
(once every three months) using an index calculated from a three-month
average fuel price of Singapore kerosene reported by the U.S Department
of Energy (DOE).
Starting from April 1, 2009, JAL will
adjust its fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis by
using the one-month average fuel price of Singapore
kerosene of the month before last. As the average fuel
price of Singapore kerosene in February 2009 was
US$52.77 per barrel, the benchmark fuel price used for
calculation of the fuel surcharge level in April will be
US$50.00 per barrel.
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