By Ian McMurtry
Japan Airlines changes schedule with increases in international service
As September draws to a close, Japan Airlines is making small network changes that will begin as early as October while strengthening the carrier’s position in the current climate. The October changes are planned to target destinations south of the carrier’s home country, while the changes after October are strategic for North American operations.
On the Japan Airlines schedule between the dates of October 10 and 30, the JL707 Friday and Sunday service between Bangkok and Tokyo-Narita will now be supplemented by the JL708 return trip during these three weeks. JL708 already runs parallel to the schedule with JL707 every other day apart from Wednesday, which will be the only day JL707 will operate. All Bangkok flights operate on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
Likewise, JL759 to Ho Chi Minh from Tokyo-Narita will share a similar schedule between October 15-30, with the outbound JL759 running daily and JL750 getting an additional return on Friday. The route will fly out and back every day except Wednesday and Sunday according to the modified schedule. JAL operates the route on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Finally, passengers will have access to an additional flight on Saturday between Narita and Taipei. Apart from the extra flight, Japan operates the JL809 outbound to Taipei and the JL802 return trip on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These Boeing 767-300 flights will be operated between October 1 and October 30.
Cargo flights to Melbourne will take place on Mondays and Thursdays in October, with JL8773 replacing JL773 and JL774 following increased restrictions between Victoria and visitors.
After October, international flights from Nagoya-Chubu will be stepped up on specific dates. Flights to Dallas will receive an additional flight on December 11e and 18e, while Los Angeles will be on December 19e. Osaka-Kansai will also share some of the increased love, with additional flights offered between the southern Japanese city and the long-haul destinations of Los Angeles and London-Heathrow.
JAL’s network of changes comes as the airline is also expanding its Corona Cover program in 2022. The initial plan, which calls for the airline to cover the costs of passenger medical tests and quarantine, was due to end in late September. The program’s new end date is January 10, 2022, with future extensions still possible as the world recovers from the lingering effects of the pandemic.
Statistically, the airline is currently registering an overall reduced rate of 73% on international flights through October and November. The number of flights has increased from over 4,700 each month to around 3,500 currently on the schedule. Alternatively, the winter travel months of December and January will see the discounts drop to 51%. The number of flights has increased from the 2,418 initially planned each month to around 1,200 currently planned.