JAL vows to return to Sao Paulo

JAL 747-400
JAL’s 747-400 most recently operated the Tokyo-New York-Sao Paulo route, which the carrier has now ended. Photograph: AirSpace user Commercial Aviation.

As part of its drastic restructure, JAL on Tuesday operated its final Sao Paulo-Tokyo (via New York JFK) flight, which it first started in 1978. JAL filed for bankruptcy in January after accruing $25.8b in debt.

The route may be gone but not forever as a spokesman told the 250 passengers on the flight: “We will be back to Sao Paulo after reconstructing our company.”

In its most recent restructuring plan, JAL will retire 103 aircraft and shed 16,000 jobs and may consider starting a low-cost carrier. The carrier also recently ended its Tokyo Narita-Brisbane route.

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