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Route Network Expansion

Network from Tokyo Metropolitan Area

The JAL Group will actively open new routes and expand its route network following capacity expansion at Tokyo metropolitan airports in March 2020. We will also promote airline partnerships to build the optimal network.
At Haneda Airport, JAL will offer more international flights to improve convenience for customers in the Tokyo metropolitan and improve connectivity to its domestic network for both customers in regional cities and foreign visitors traveling across Japan as part of efforts to contribute to regional revitalization.
At Narita International Airport, JAL will launch services to San Francisco, Vladivostok and Bengaluru and LCC ZIPAIR will offer flights between Bangkok and Seoul (Incheon) to expand the Group’s international route network and improve Narita’s standing as a hub for connections to and from international flights.
We will cater to all air travel markets both as a full-service carrier and an LCC and expand our global network through airline partnerships.

Establishment of ZIPAIR Tokyo

Driven by the diverse needs and values for travel and the projected increase in demand of price-sensitive customers on international medium- and long-haul routes, the JAL Group established ZIPAIR Tokyo, Japan’s first low cost carrier (LCC) to operate international mid- to long-haul flights. It was originally scheduled to start service in Narita-Bangkok route as a passenger flight from May 2020, but due to decrease in passenger demand under COVID-19, it started service as a cargo flight from June 3,2020.
The JAL Group, which provides unique values different from that of full-service carriers, will strive to fulfill diverse customer needs by optimizing Narita International Airport and contribute to further increasing passenger traffic including foreign visitors, which the government aims to boost to 60 million by FY2030.

Regional Network

The JAL Group has regional airlines that operate routes connecting regional cities and outlying islands, such as Hokkaido Air System, J-AIR, Japan Air Commuter, Japan Transocean Air and Ryukyu Air Commuter. We will ensure sustainable route operations that are essential to outlying islands and similar regions, fulfill our function as a transportation infrastructure for communities, connect regions and the world, expand consumption through the movement and distribution of people and goods, and thereby contribute to regional revitalization.

Establishment of Essential Air Service Alliance Limited Liability Partnership

Five airlines, namely, Amakusa Airlines, Oriental Air Bridge, Japan Air Commuter, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, established, on October 25, 2019, the Essential Air Service Alliance LLP (EAS LLP), a limited liability partnership to maintain essential and lifeline air links to Japan’s outlying islands.
To ensure sustainable route operations that play an essential role for outlying islands and other areas, EAS LLP is promoting initiatives to deepen collaboration to establish a safety promotion system and ensure stable and efficient operations, while maintaining independent management amongst the airlines.

EAS LLP Business Profile

EAS LLP is working on the following businesses to promote collaboration among the member airlines.

  • Establishment of a safety foundation and promotion of technical cooperation to secure stable operations;
  • Promotion of marketing and sales initiatives;
  • Promotion of procurement activities with greater efficiency;
  • Business standardization and personnel cooperation; and
  • All incidental or related businesses.
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