Wednesday, April 23, 2014

JAL to launch Sky Next product on May 28th.

On April 22nd, Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) announced that the first of their 'JAL Sky Next' refurbished domestic aircraft, a Boeing 777-200, will enter service on May 28th on the Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) – Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) route. For details, see our 'JAL Sky Next new domestic product unveiled.' post from February 1st. JAL will initially place the aircraft on three round-trips until June 30th.
Boeing 777-246 JA8984 'Eco Jet Nature' taxiing for departure at Haneda. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

JAL Sky Next-designated flights (May 28th - June 30th):
JL303 HND 0725 – 0915 FUK 772 Daily
JL315 HND 1225 – 1415 FUK 772 Daily
JL325 HND 1725 – 1915 FUK 772 Daily
JL310 FUK 1000 – 1135 HND 772 Daily
JL320 FUK 1500 – 1635 HND 772 Daily
JL332 FUK 2000 – 2135 HND 772 Daily

Why Fukuoka and not Osaka or Sapporo? Lower-cost rival Skymark Airines' (BC/SKY) introduction of their brand-new all-premium 271-seat Airbus A330-300s (Skymark Airlines' first two Airbus A330s delivered.) on May 31st (Skymark delays Airbus A330 introduction to May 31st.) on the same route, which is the world's seventh busiest by passenger volume, must have played an important part in their decision.
JAL Sky Next. (Image: JAL)

JAL is refurbishing the interiors of 77 domestic aircraft including Boeing 777-200/300s, 767-300/300ERs, and 737-800s with all-new leather seats, LED lighting, and in-flight Wi-Fi internet connection, the latter of which will be available from mid-May. See also JAL's Sky Next website.

Source: Japan Airlines, April 22nd. (in Japanese)

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