Japan : Japanese carriers drop NY freighter service

Direct maindeck cargo capacity between Japan and New York will be nonexistent come this January as NCA and JAL cargo both scale back transpacificcapacity. Nippon Cargo Airlines stopped flying to Kennedy International Airport in August, and now serves the New York market with trucks running between JFK and Chicago. Japan Airlines cut back its freighter […]


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Direct maindeck cargo capacity between Japan and New York will be nonexistent come this January as NCA and JAL cargo both scale back transpacificcapacity.

Nippon Cargo Airlines stopped flying to Kennedy International Airport in August, and now serves the New York market with trucks running between JFK and Chicago.

Japan Airlines cut back its freighter service to New York from five flights a week to four from late October and will drop its all-cargo service to New York completely at the end of the year. Like NCA, it will maintain freighter service to Chicago, but cut its frequency there from six flights a week to five late last month.

Los Angeles is the only other US market where JAL will continue tooffer freighter service, but it will slice frequency there from six flights a weekto five at the end of this year.

“The airline is currently facing a tough environment, particularly in terms of its North American freighter business,” JAL said in a statement announcing the cutbacks.

JAL said it would off er cargo service to and from New York by using belly space on its 14 weekly passenger flights on the Tokyo-New York route, and by using feeder trucks to and from Chicago.