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JL: NGO-LAX Back After 08 With 787?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:08 am

Just fumbled through this article from Chunichi Newspaper.

JL makes policy to revive Chubu-LAX after 2008 (Link in Japanese)

Google translation (you can get the gist)

On the 24th, Nishimatsu Haruka, president of the Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd., - made the policy of reviving the Nagoya (Chubu)- Los Angeles line after 2008 which was suspended from fall 2001 due the 9/11 terrorism. The next generation medium-sized airliner “787” of the American Boeing corporation which improves fuel economy substantially is supposed in the use airplane.

?As for the Los Angeles airport hub which becomes the American west coastal entryway (base). When it is superior in making connection function, it can anticipate fixed business demand from the Chubu international airport including the Toyota Motor Corporation which has the factory in North America and every place in Central and South America, Japan Airlines has judged.

?Japan Airlines operated 3 flights a week on the Los Angeles line from spring 1998 at the old Nagoya airport, but demand fell with American terrorism of September of 01, the flight was driven to suspension in the following October. Long haul routes to Europe and American were cut to just the Paris line which started in February last year with the move to Chubu international airport.

?As for 787 08 year commission schedule. The lightweight carbon fiber compound material was used for the fuselage, fuel economy approximately 20% improved in comparison with 767 of the same class. Japan Airlines has ordered 50 from Boeing, conversion from the large-sized machine such as 747 and 777 on the long distance route is advanced.

?As for president Nishimatsu “fuel cost has soared, but if 787 you take profit. Also the European 2nd route from Nagoya which follows to Paris is thought sufficiently,” you say.

Is this the first hint of a 787 route?

What could this mean for UA's contract?

Aaron747...your wish might just come true.

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RE: JL: NGO-LAX Back After 08 With 787?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:35 am

Lets see what JAL finances look like come 2008. Unfortunately the JAL LAX operation is a small shadow of what it was only a few years ago. From 4 or so daily flights down 8 weekly rotations currently.

Also one never knows what ANA is planning, as it has publicly stated that it also planning growth from NGO so it could offer something of its own with its 787s which with the UA partnership would more than satisfy and help bolster the UA-Toyota relations which by the way is much more than simply offering a Trans Pacific flight. UA does lots of biz(significantly more percentage wise than the NGO flight) with Toyota on US domestic city pairs.

Either way be nice for LA to get a link back to its sister city in Japan.
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RE: JL: NGO-LAX Back After 08 With 787?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:09 am

This is interesting but it seems unlikely JL can capitalize on such a route in the current NGO market. While JL previously had a strong presence at Komaki, Meitetsu (Nagoya Railroad Co.) had a strong hand in development of the new airport and is NH's largest shareholder...part of the reason they have enjoyed a growing customer base in the Chubu region. I would expect further int'l expansion for JL beyond existing BKK and CDG service is risky at best but then again with the 787 it's hard to say for sure...

Toyota's contract with UA wouldn't be in jeopardy in any case. They've got a dedicated air cargo runner to Taiwan and strong ties in the US, as previously mentioned.

At any rate, it would be great to have anyone flying to LAX!
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RE: JL: NGO-LAX Back After 08 With 787?

Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:00 pm

Personally if I had to choose between JL and NH starting more long-haul from NGO it would be NH hands down.

NH could really do some major business from here. They have a fantastic domestic route system (better than NRT). All they need to do is build up specific long-haul and they have it made.

If JL goes back to LAX they had better expand more to South America to make it worth while.
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