JAL outlines capacity expansion for first half 2012

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Japan Airlines (JAL) will use Boeing 787-8 aircraft to boost the service frequencies, replace aircraft on some routes and launch its first nonstop Tokyo Narita-Boston service in 2012.

The carrier will start four times weekly Tokyo Narita-Boston flights from 22 April and raise the frequency to seven times weekly on 1 June.

The airline will double its service from Narita to Singapore to 14 flights weekly from 28 October.

Moreover, JAL will add a daily flight on domestic routes, from Haneda to Kumamoto, Naha and Kita-Kyushu; on the Itami-Aomori, Chubu-Sapporo and Kansai-Naha routes; and from Sapporo to Memanbetsu, Aaomori and Hanamaki.

Starting 25 March, the airline will operate eight daily Haneda-Kumamoto flights, 14 daily Haneda-Naha flights, five daily Haneda- Kita Kyushu flights, three daily Itami-Aomori flights and thrice daily Sapporo-Memanbetsu flights.

From 13 July, JAL will operate five daily Kansai-Naha and four daily Sapporo-Aomori and Sapporo-Hanamaki flights. The airline will fly five times daily on the Chubu-Sapporo route from 1 July, it said.

The carrier will replace four of the five 777-200ER aircraft deployed on the Narita-Delhi route with 787-8 aircraft. The carrier will replace the 777-200ER aircraft on the Narita-Moscow service with 787-8s, flown thrice weekly, said the carrier. These changes take effect from the end of March.

The airline will replace the 767-300ER on the Haneda-Beijing, Narita-Singapore and Haneda-Singapore with the 787-8s flown daily. These changes take effect from the end of March for the Beijing service and from September for the Singapore services.

From 25 March, JAL will suspend the Chubu-Ishigaki service, lower the frequency of its Haneda-Kansai and Itami-Niigata services by one daily flight each and resume single daily Fukuoka-Hanamaki flights. The airline will reinstate the twice daily Niigata- Sapporo service in the first half of 2012.