26-Mar-2010 9:01 AM

Japan Airlines to carry freight solely on passenger services. Closing JALCARGO from Oct-2010

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced (25-Mar-2010) plans to adopt a new cargo business model that solely utilises the cargo belly space of the airline’s passenger flights. The airline’s passenger services provide cargo capacity (ATKs) approximately three times the volume available on its scheduled freighter flights operated by JALCARGO (the cargo business arm of JAL), which will consequently be suspended at the end of Oct-2010. All the carrier's freighter destinations from Japan, except Anchorage, are covered by passenger services. JALCARGO has been operating freight-only services since May-1959, and operates a ten cargo aircraft fleet (seven B747-400Fs and three B767-300Fs), which will either be returned to lessors (five aircraft) or sold (five aircraft). [more]

Japan Airlines: "Market conditions for international cargo business however, is expected to remain severe and to adapt to this, JALCARGO will shift from using a combination of freighter flights and passenger flights to exclusively utilizing the belly space of passenger flights - a new cargo business structure that aims to secure a stable profit and that can boost the recovery of JAL’s financial standing....The airline will continue its cargo business by productively using the belly space of 508 weekly passenger flights plying 56 international routes, and on 134 domestic routes with 904 daily one-way flights," Company Statement, 25-Mar-2010.

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