Posted on: 07 August 2018 by Mark Howells
Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken the first preparatory steps on its journey towards the planned launch of a new low-fare carrier by mid-2020.
The corporate entity ‘TBL (Japan)’ essentially stands for ‘To Be Launched’, with the eventual name expected to be revealed next year. The new LCC is expected to be based along a hybrid business model with both LCC and full-service aspects and will be based out of Tokyo Narita Airport. It will fly mid- to long-haul routes to destinations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
JAL has named Shinto Nishida as the representative director responsible for the new entity, which it currently owns 100%.
The airline has previously commented that it is aiming to start operations by mid-2020, using two Boeing 787-8 wide-body aircraft. JAL has four B787-8s on order, as well as seven B787-9s.
Written by: Mark Thomas
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