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 Dec 16 1998


TOKYO December 16: Japan Airlines today filed with the Japanese Ministry of Transport (M.O.T.) for authorization to start a new service between Tokyo and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, from March 15 1999.

The new JAL flights will leave Tokyo's Narita Airport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12 noon, arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth at 0805 local time the same days. Return flights will leave Dallas/Fort Worth the same days, again at 12 noon, arriving at Narita Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1605 local time.

JAL will use 314-seat 747-400 aircraft with 14 First Class seats, 82 seats in JAL's Executive Class "Seasons", the airline's business class, and 218 seats in Economy Class.

Earlier this year the U.S.-Japan air transportation agree-ment was expanded, giving JAL greater access to the U.S. JAL has subsequently increased transpacific services, inaugurat-ing flights between Nagoya and Los Angeles and Tokyo and

Las Vegas.

Dallas has been chosen as JAL's latest U.S. gateway follow-ing the steady expansion of traffic between Japan and the U.S. Dallas/Fort Worth is a major transport hub in the American Southwest and the gateway to an expanding high-technology, industrial and commercial center, which is predicted to become increasingly important in the near future.

In addition, JAL has signed a broad code-sharing agreement with American Airlines and expects to code-share with the U.S. carrier on some 300 routes in future. Since Dallas/Fort Worth is AA's major hub, JAL feels this is a logical gateway from which to operate its own service.

Also in mid-March 1999, JAL will discontinue its Atlanta-Tokyo flights, a route it has served for 13 years. Currently JAL offers three weekly 747-400 services. However, declining traffic demand and the competitive situation at Atlanta have had a negative impact on the route's profitability and JAL has decided to utilize its resources elsewhere.


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