• Joe Breitfeller

Japan Airlines Announces Major 2020 International Network Expansion From Tokyo Airports

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

With the allocation of new daytime slots at Tokyo-Haneda, Japan Airlines announced Tuesday a global network expansion to the US, Finland, Russia, Australia, India and China.

Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

Last Tuesday, Japan Airlines announced a major international network expansion from Tokyo in 2020. With the expansion, the airline will serve 34 international routes from Tokyo-Haneda including expanded service to the US, Finland, Russia, Australia, India and China, starting March 29, 2020. From Tokyo-Narita, JAL will offer new service to Bengaluru and Vladivostok in 2020 as well as an additional flight to San Francisco. ZIPAIR Tokyo, Japan Airlines new subsidiary, will launch Tokyo-Narita to Bangkok service starting May 2020 and service to Seoul-Incheon in July 2020. In 2021, JAL will add a new evening flight to Chicago-O’Hare, strengthening its international network with American Airlines, their Pacific Joint Business partner. In Tuesday’s announcement, JAL’s Managing Executive Officer – International Route Marketing, Tetsuya Onuki said,

“The expansion of these new services at Tokyo’s metropolitan airports will provide convenient options to our business and leisure customers in Japan and throughout the world. With the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, we look forward to serving our valued customers through Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports, while providing a seamless travel experience.”

New JAL services to the US include Tokyo-Haneda to Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and two daily flights to New York. Additional service from Tokyo Narita to Chicago will commence in 2021 and American Airlines will establish new services from Tokyo-Haneda to Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles. By 2021, JAL and American Airlines will offer 18 daily flights to Tokyo metropolitan airports. New services will also be established between Tokyo-Haneda and Honolulu, bringing the total to four daily flights between Tokyo metro airports and Honolulu - JAL will continue to offer daily service between Tokyo-Narita and Kona.

Japan Airlines and partner Finnair will both establish new service between Tokyo-Haneda and Helsinki. Strengthening their partnership with Aeroflot, JAL will also establish new service between Tokyo-Haneda and Moscow-Sheremetyevo. New services have also been announced from Tokyo-Haneda to Sydney, Delhi and the Chinese destinations of Dalian and Shanghai-Pudong. All the new and expanded services will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner or 777-300ER, except for Moscow which will be served by a B787-8 Dreamliner.

Source: Japan Airlines