JAL International Given Permission to Operate Flights on Japan - Taiwan routes

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Monday, 5 November 2007

JAL International has been given permission by the Japanese Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport to operate its own flights between Japan and Taiwan. At present, only the JAL Group subsidiary airline, Japan Asia Airways (JAA), is permitted to operate on this routing using its EG designator.

JAL International plans to takeover the routing completely from Japan Asia Airways by first placing its JL designator on all JAA flights from April 2008 at the earliest, and by integrating JAA into its business structure at some point in the future.

Through the integration of JAA into JAL International, the JAL Group hopes to achieve greater efficiency and cost reduction by the elimination of duplication. Further streamlining of the organizations business in this way is expected to increase the JAL Groups ability to effectively respond to changes in the international business environment. Details of the planned integration have yet to be confirmed.

JAL first started operating to Taiwan on July 30, 1959 when the airlines Tokyo Taipei service was inaugurated using DC-6B aircraft. In September 1972, diplomatic relations were re-established between Japan and the People's Republic of China, and an aviation transportation agreement followed. Direct air service by JAL and China Airlines between Japan and Taiwan was suspended in April 1974.

Eventually, a formula was developed which allowed a JAL subsidiary to serve Taiwan. Japan Asia Airways (JAA) was created for that purpose and was formally established on August 8 1975, inaugurating service to Taipei in September 1975. JAA became primarily a one-destination carrier, but also for a period added other Southeast Asian points to its route pattern, using traffic rights unused by JAL.

A  wholly owned subsidiary airline of the JAL Corporation, JAA currently operates 8 passenger flights daily on 4 routes connecting Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya with Taipei, and Tokyo with Kaohsiung. The airline has carried some 33 million passengers since its creation, and in the financial year ending March 31, 2007 carried a total of 1.26 million passengers. JAA also operates cargo flights connecting Tokyo and Osaka with Taipei.

JAAs head office is located in Tokyo and has branch offices in Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei in Taiwan. The subsidiary has in total 781 staff.

See other recent news regarding: Travel News Asia, Hotels, JAL, Japan, Taiwan

Subscribe to our Travel Industry News RSS Feed Travel Industry News RSS Feed from To do that in Outlook, right-click the RSS Feeds folder, select Add a New RSS Feed, enter the URL of our RSS Feed which is: and click Add. The feed can also be used to add the headlines to your website or channel via a customisable applet. Have questions? Please read our Travel News FAQ. Thank you.



Copyright © 1997-2024