Japan Airlines (JAL) is to reorganize the flight
numbers of several of its international passenger flights from March 28,
2010 in preparation for the anticipated increase in traffic at Tokyo's 2
airports, Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport, upon the
completion of their expansion.
The purpose of the revision is to make flight
numbers of the JAL Group more comprehensible and easy to remember.
JAL currently groups most international passenger flight numbers
according to region, with a few exceptions. After the change, all
flights will be correctly labeled with a number that demarcates
the region it flies to.
Flights between Tokyo, Narita and China, as well
as Taiwan, will also bear new 3-digit flight numbers that start
with the numeric 8, incidentally a number that is often considered
auspicious in Chinese culture.
For JAL flights operating at Haneda Airport,
international flights will now carry 2-digit numbers which will
easily differentiate them from the domestic flights.
With effect from May 2, 2009, the new flight
numbers will be used in the reservations of international flights
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