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JAL to Close Offices Cut Routes

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The JAL Group has confirmed it is to discontinue operations on 8 international and 8 domestic routes, as well as 1 cargo route.

Flight frequency on 2 international routes will also be reduced, and the total effect of these changes is a trim down of 61, 91 and 3 weekly return flights in the international, domestic and cargo networks respectively.

In summary, within the three fiscal half-years of April 2009 to September 2010, reductions and suspensions are to be carried out on a total of 13 international, 15 domestic and 2 cargo routes, along with the closure of 4 overseas and 2 domestic offices. 

Aircraft used on a total of 5 routes will be also be downsized as JAL progressively renews its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft.

International Passenger Operations

Osaka (Kansai) = Hangzhou: Service suspension of 7 weekly flights - Dec 7, 2009 + Closure of Hangzhou office

Tokyo (Narita) = Hangzhou: Service suspension of 7 weekly flights - Dec 7, 2009

Tokyo (Narita) = Qingdao: Service suspension of 7 weekly flights - Dec 7, 2009 + Closure of Qingdao office

Tokyo (Narita) = Xiamen: Service suspension of 3 weekly flights - Dec 7, 2009 + Closure of Xiamen office

Osaka (Kansai) = Busan: Service suspension of 7 weekly flights - Jan 12, 2010

Osaka (Kansai) = Hanoi: Service suspension of 7 weekly flights - Jan 12, 2010

Osaka (Kansai) = Singapore = Kuala Lumpur: Service suspension of 7 weekly flights -  Jan 17, 2010

Tokyo (Narita) = Vancouver = Mexico City: Service suspension of 2 weekly flights - Jan 18, 2010 + Closure of Mexico City office

Suspensions previously announced: Osaka (Kansai) = London, Incheon, Dalian, and Nagoya (Chubu) = Paris, Incheon (5 routes / 35 weekly flights)

Decrease in Flight Frequency

Tokyo (Narita) = Taipei: Decrease flight frequency from 28 to 21 flights per week - Dec 7, 2009

Tokyo (Narita) = London: Decrease flight frequency from 14 to 7 flights per week - Dec 7, 2009

Reductions previously announced: Tokyo (Narita) = New York, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Incheon, New Delhi / Osaka (Kansai) = Guangzhou, Shanghai / Nagoya (Chubu) = Guangzhou / Tokyo (Haneda) = Hong Kong (9 routes / 47 weekly flights)

Increase in Flight Frequency

Tokyo (Narita) = Vancouver: Increase flight frequency from 5 to 7 flights per week - Jan 18, 2010

Increments previously announced: Tokyo (Haneda) = Beijing (1 route / 7 weekly flights)

Aircraft Change

Tokyo (Narita) = Taipei (JL645/646): 767-300ER to 737-800 - December 7, 2009

Nagoya (Chubu) = Taipei (JL655/656): 767-300ER to 737-800 - December 7, 2009

Osaka (Kansai) = Taipei (653/652): 767-300ER to 737-800 January 12, 2010

Osaka (Kansai) = Beijing: 767-300ER to 737-800 - January 12, 2010

Tokyo (Narita) = Hong Kong (JL735/736): 747-400 to 767-300ER - January 12, 2010

Domestic Passenger Operations

Nagoya (Chubu) = Kumamoto: Service suspension of 2 daily flights  - February 1, 2010

Included in FY09 Plans

Tokyo (Haneda) = Kobe: Service suspension of 2 daily flights - April 1, 2010

Nagoya (Chubu) = Iwate-Hanamaki: Service suspension of 2 daily flights - May 6, 2010

Nagoya (Chubu) = Kushiro: Service suspension of 1 daily flight - May 6, 2010

Kitakyushu = Okinawa (Naha): Service suspension of 1 daily flight - May 6, 2010

Kobe = Sapporo: Service suspension of 2 daily flights - June 1, 2010 + Closure of Kobe office

Kobe = Okinawa (Naha): Service suspension of 2 daily flights  - June 1, 2010

Kobe = Ishigaki: Service suspension of 1 daily flights  - June 1, 2010

Suspensions previously announced: Osaka (Kansai) = Memanbetsu, Obihiro, Kushiro, Aomori, Asahikawa / Okinawa (Naha) = Aguni (Closure of Aguni office) / Osaka (Itami) = Tanegashima (7 routes / 9 daily flights)

Cargo Operations

Tokyo (Narita) = Qingdao: Service suspension of 3 weekly flights - December 7, 2009 + closure of Qingdao office

Suspensions previously announced: Tokyo (Narita) = London (1 route / 3 weekly flights)

Passengers affected by these changes should contact JAL directly.

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