Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (YHD) have decided on the routes and number of flights of a dedicated freighter aircraft, which is scheduled to begin operating in April 2024, in order to secure stable transportation capacity, maintain and improve service quality, and address social issues like regional revitalization. Both companies will continue to work toward the launch of the new service.
From April 2024 onward, we plan to operate a total of 21 flights per day on the following four routes using all three Airbus A321ceo P2F aircraft*. Application to and approval by the appropriate authorities are required for this plan.
(1) Tokyo (Narita/Haneda) = Kitakyushu
(2) Tokyo (Narita/Haneda) = Sapporo (New-Chitose)
(3) Tokyo (Narita) – Okinawa (Naha)
(4) Okinawa (Naha) – Kitakyushu
Two of the three aircraft have already been delivered, and the third will arrive in February 2023. Commencing in Singapore March 2023, the aircraft will be gradually converted from a passenger aircraft to a solely dedicated freighter aircraft. EFW of Germany holds a contract for the conversion programme to a dedicated freighter aircraft.
*EFW was jointly founded by the aircraft manufacturer AIRBUS and ST Engineering of Singapore, a business that specializes in converting Airbus aircraft from passenger to freighters.
The operating company will be changed to Spring Japan Co., Ltd. a JAL consolidated subsidiary. In light of the external environment, the JAL Group will optimize the allocation of management resources, strengthen the business foundation of its LCCs, and accelerate Group-wide preparations for the start of dedicated freighter flights in April 2024.
We are putting in the essential planes and enhancing the infrastructure needed for the launch of freighters at each of the airports where they are expected to fly. In order to be ready for the 2024 launch of the new aircraft, both companies will hire new personnel, including those who will be involved in flight operations and freight handling.