Financially-troubled carrier Japan Airlines, which is currently in talks for a government bail-out, is planning to reduce services to London Heathrow.

Next month JAL plans to announce it will be reducing the frequency of services from Tokyo Narita to London Heathrow, say well-placed industry sources.

This is part of JAL's efforts to cut costs by scaling back on less profitable routes, say the sources, adding that JAL has been secretly notifying travel agents about the impending change.

The Japanese flag carrier has a twice-daily service from Tokyo Narita to London Heathrow using Boeing 747-400s and Boeing 777s, according to Innovata.

JAL has been losing money and is in talks with Japan's finance and transport ministries for a government financial bail-out.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news