Japan Airlines to start a new long-haul-low-cost carrier

Japan Airlines has admitted that the airline is loosing opportunities in the long-haul-low-cost market.

In recent months Asian short-haul carriers exceeded 50% of the market – they carry more passengers and have a larger market than even those in Europe.

JAL has recognised that Asian long-haul low cost is fast approaching the 50% mark – far ahead of Europe where the market is barely 10%.

JAL has decided to deploy two 787-8 Dreamliners in a 260-300 seat configuration- it’s own are the lowest of any airline at just 161-180.

These will commence operations in time for the Tokyo summer Olympics in August 2020.

The aim is to collaborate more actively with Finnair, American and Cathay Pacific in the Oneworld alliance and expand joint ventures into China, Hawaii and the US mainland, with the aim of bringing more visitors to Japan.