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Japan Airlines Continues to Restore its Intercontinental Flights

A Japan Airlines 787-9 departing. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

As of early October, Japan Airlines is increasing its intercontinental operations in Europe, Oceania and North America, restoring most of its pre-pandemic frequencies, after sanitary restrictions in Japan and globally being gradually reduced.

The company expects to operate 3,840 flights on 53 routes in October, representing a 48% reduction from its schedule operated prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

JAL Octuber

(Photo: GCMap)


Starting in October, the Japanese airline increases its operations on the Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Sydney (SYD) route to daily flights operated on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a 195-seat capacity in three classes, thus restoring its capacity to 2019 levels. This service is complemented by the nonstop connection between Narita (NRT) and Melbourne (MEL)

Flight itinerary between Haneda (HND) and Sydney (SYD)

  • Flight JL 51 HND 19:20 – SYD 07:10+1
  • Flight JL 52 SYD 17:25 – HND 13:35+1

According to data obtained by Aviacionline through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Japan Airlines moved 224,258 passengers in Australia between June 2018 to June 2019 with an occupancy factor of 86.8% and 11,345 tons of cargo and mail in 1,459 air operations.


The company will increase its services between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Helsinki (HEL) from 4 to 5 flights a week operated on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Japan Airlines will have an offer of 1,950 weekly seats in Finland:

  • Flight JL 47 HND 21:55 – HEL 06:35+1 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Flight JL 48 HEL 17:25 – HND 13:35+1 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Japan Airlines from Europe offers flights to London Heathrow (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Frankfurt (FRA), services to Russia remain suspended.

North America

The Japanese airline increases to daily flights with its routes between Narita (NRT) – Vancouver (YVR) and Haneda (HND) – Dallas (DFW). The latter will have a greater supply of seats with respect to 2019 levels:

Flight Itinerary to Vancouver (YVR).

  • Flight JL 18 NRT 18:30 – YVR 11:40
  • Flight JL 17 YVR 13:45 – NRT 16:30+1

The flights will be operated on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with a capacity of 199 seats in two classes (24 Business Class/175 Economy).

Flight schedule between Haneda (HND) and Dallas (DFW)

  • Flight JL 12 HND 10:55 – DFW 08:40
  • Flight JL 11 DFW 11:10 – HND 14:25+1

The flights will be operated on 195-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in two classes and 244-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in four classes (8 First Class/49 Business Class/40 Premium Economy/147 Economy).

In addition, Japan Airlines will continue to operate its service between Narita (NRT) and Dallas (DFW) with four weekly flights on 787-9s, the carrier will offer 11 flights per week between Tokyo and North Texas, it will be the airline’s largest offering in this segment surpassing the offering offered in 2019.

This story was originally published by Rainer Nieves Dolande on Aviacionline in syndication with AirlineGeeks. 

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