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Japan Airlines has a positive May, but much work to do

6-Jul-2010
JAL Group President and CEO, Masaru Onishi
JAL Group President and CEO, Masaru Onishi

Japan Airlines reported its first increase in passenger traffic on international routes in eight months in May-2010, with numbers rising 1.6% to 795,927. The carrier, which is undergoing a comprehensive rehabilitation process, stated domestic passenger numbers also rose, by 0.9% to 3.07 million. Traffic last year was affected by the influenza outbreak.

JAL Group international pax numbers growth, RPK growth and ASK growth: May-2009 to May-2010

The carrier cited higher business travel demand and increased traffic on Japan-China routes, due to the Shanghai Expo, while Pacific routes registered a 15.9% gain as the number of tourists to Hawaii rose. JAL reported the following highlights by region:

  • International: 795,927, +1.6%;
    • Trans-Pacific: 198,393, +15.9%;
    • Europe: 72,100, -9.7%;
    • Southeast Asia: 240,771, -2%;
    • Oceania: 17,531, +2.9%;
    • Guam: 29,559, -17.3%;
    • Korea: 105,939, -12.3%;
    • China: 131,634, +16.6%;

JAL Group domestic pax numbers growth, RPK growth and ASK growth: May-2009 to May-2010

International passenger load factors surged to 70.8 ppts, while domestic rose to 59.9%. These are still very low by industry standards.

JAL Group international PLF and domestic PLF: May-2009 to May-2010


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