JAL’s early steps towards new LCC

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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