Japan Airlines to raise domestic frequencies from September

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Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to raise domestic frequencies on six routes, starting as early as September.

It will raise the Okinawa-Ishigaki frequencies from nine to 10 times daily on 1 September. This will be followed by the doubling of Okinawa-Okayama service to twice daily on 1 October, says the Oneworld alliance member.

Starting on 27 October, JAL will add a daily service on its Tokyo Haneda-Izumo, Tokyo Haneda-Osaka Itami, and Tokyo Haneda-Sapporo routes, raising their frequencies to six, 16 and 17 times daily respectively.

It will also raise frequency on the Fukuoka-Matsuyama route from seven to eight times daily on 7 January 2014.

The airline will reduce a daily frequency on its Sapporo-Hanamaki and Osaka Itami-Fukuoka routes, which takes place on 27 October. It will operate three and four times daily on the two routes respectively. This will be followed by halving the Kagoshima-Matsuyama service to once daily on 7 January 2014.

On the international front, JAL has reaffirmed that it will deploy the Boeing 787-8 aircraft on the Tokyo Narita-Sydney and Tokyo Narita-Bangkok services from 1 and 2 December respectively.

Services from Tokyo to Bangkok will also be upgauged starting 1 December. It will deploy 777-200ERs on the daily Tokyo Haneda-Bangkok service, and on 10 out of 14 Tokyo Narita-Bangkok services, replacing the smaller 767-300ERs. The remaining four weekly Tokyo Narita-Bangkok services, however, will be operated by Boeing 787-8s, the carrier adds.