Japanese airlines to revamp routes and flight frequencies

8 Aug 2009

Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airlines (ANA) will revamp their network and flight schedule in the second half of the fiscal year to align with lower passenger numbers and improve their profitability.

Several domestic and international routes will be suspended; flight frequencies will be simultaneously cut and increased on certain routes; and new route services will be introduced.

These initiatives form part of the carriers’ respective recovery plans to improve their bottom line. Both airlines will implement the revamped network and flight services on October 25.

Under its recovery plan, JAL will reduce frequencies eight international flights, two will be suspended and one new route will be launched.

In particular, daily flights from Nagoya Chubu to Paris and Seoul will be suspended, while a new daily route between Tokyo Haneda and Beijing will be introduced.

In addition, the aircraft will be changed on certain flights on 14 international routes, including those from Tokyo Narita to Chicago and Los Angeles that will switch from the Boeing B747-400 to B777-300ER.

Meanwhile on its own “FY09 Emergency Income Recovery Plan”, ANA will also see changes in its flight frequency timetable. While the carrier will suspend services on some of its non-performing domestic routes, its international route network will remain intact.

As for flight frequencies, ANA will reduce its Tokyo Narita-Shanghai service from 21 to 14 times weekly, while the number of Tokyo Narita-Mumbai flights will be resumed to its previous daily schedule. 

ANA will also introduce a daily Tokyo Haneda-Beijing service.

Below is an overview of ANA and JAL revamped schedule for international flights:

Routes with frequency cuts

  • ANA Tokyo Narita to Shanghai (21 flights a week to 14)

  • JAL Tokyo Narita to Guangzhou (14 flights a week to seven)

  • JAL Tokyo Narita to Seoul Incheon (28 flights a week to 21)

  • JAL Tokyo Narita to New Delhi (seven flights a week to three)

  • JAL Tokyo Haneda to Hongkong (seven flights a week to three)

  • JAL Osaka Kansai to Shanghai Pudong (21 flights a week to 14)

  • JAL Osaka Kansai to Seoul Incheon (21 flights a week to 14)

  • JAL Osaka Kansai to Guangzhou (seven flights a week to three)

  • JAL Nagoya Chubu to Guangzhou (seven flights a week to four)

Routes with frequency increases

  • ANA Tokyo Narita to Mumbai (three flights a week to seven)

Routes suspended

  • JAL Nagoya Chubu to Paris

  • JAL Nagoya Chubu to Incheon

New Routes

  • JAL Tokyo Haneda to Beijing (daily service)

  • ANA Tokyo Haneda to Beijing (daily service)

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Joshua Tan

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