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

Japan Domestic Demand Increases, Full Recovery Expected by October

According to local media, Japan Airlines is expecting a full recovery of its domestic demand as early as this October following the diminished demand caused by the coronavirus crisis. “We expect to recover to 80 percent in August and fully operate in line with our normal schedule around October,” Shunsuke Honda, an executive officer of Japan Airline said. He mentioned that the country is seeing a surge in travel demand since recent travel restrictions were lifted. In response to a…

Singapore Airlines Posts Heavy Losses Over Ineffective Fuel Hedging

Last week Singapore Airlines posted the first full-year loss of its almost 50-year history amid a collapse in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some heavy losses on its fuel hedging policy. The airline recorded a net loss of 212 million Singapore dollars ($149.1 million) for the fiscal year…

Australia Contracts 15 Carriers to Keep Goods Moving

In hopes of keeping some industries afloat, the Australian government has created the International Freight Assistance Mechanism in hopes of keeping some trade routes open for those seeking high demand, limited lifespan items. The project has been agreed upon by Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

JAL Prepares for Olympic Flame Transfer with Special Livery

With the Games of the XXXII Olympiad still planned to begin on July 24, the transition of Olympic flame from Greece to Japan will be completed this week using a Japan Airlines aircraft as an intermediary to get the flame across continents. Both JAL and All Nippon Airways have sponsorship…

Contenders for MAS Stake Become Public

Malaysia Airlines has taken the next step in selling a stake of the carrier to another company in its quest to return to profitability. The country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says that five bids have been received in hopes of selling part of the struggling carrier and keep it flying.…

Japan Airlines to Offer Free Flights for Olympics Tourists

As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the nation’s flag carrier has announced a campaign to boost inter-Japan travel during the games. Japan Airlines plans to offer 50,000 free domestic roundtrip tickets to international visitors during the 2020 Olympics. The objective of this campaign is…

Japan Airlines Introduces Feature To Help Passengers Avoid Screaming Infants

It may be controversial, but the latest initiative by Japan Airlines is bound to prove very popular among a certain group of passengers. The Japanese carrier has introduced a feature in its website booking process that signals the seats that are likely to be occupied by infants “between the age…

Japan Assigns 50 New International Daytime Slots at Tokyo Haneda

Japanese authorities have allocated 50 new daytime slot pairs at Tokyo Haneda Airport to nine countries for the 2020 IATA Summer season which begins on March 29, 2020. The pairs have been equally distributed between Japanese carriers (25 pairs) and foreign carriers (25 pairs) for services to the United States,…

A History of Japan Airlines

Aug. 1, 1951, Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded with ¥100 million in capital under chairman Aiichiro Fujiyama and president Seijiro Yanagida.  The airline started initially as an independent operation with scheduled domestic routes leasing aircraft from Norwest Airlines including the Martin 202 - a twin-engine piston-powered airliner - the Douglas…

JAL Cargo Finds New Strengths In Alliances Nearly A Decade…

Due to a rough 2000s, Japan Airlines (JAL) was struggling and by 2009, its inevitable trip into Corporate Rehabilitation Law was on the horizon. As the airline looked for ways of reducing debt the presence of some of their underperforming branches, one way was the reduction of JAL Cargo and…