JAPAN: JAL winds down Euro freighters

Japan Airlines (JAL) is set to shut down its operations at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport later this month. The move is part of a wide-ranging restructuring plan which will see the axing of freighter operations and a number of international passenger routes. The Tokyo-Amsterdam-Frankfurt- Tokyo service is JAL’s last remaining B747-400F service to Europe, which has […]


Japan Airlines (JAL) is set to shut down its operations at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport later this month. The move is part of a wide-ranging restructuring plan which will see the axing of freighter operations and a number of international passenger routes. The Tokyo-Amsterdam-Frankfurt- Tokyo service is JAL’s last remaining B747-400F service to Europe, which has operated three times a week. The Schiphol stop will be suspended from 29 September, and the freighter service will cease totally from the end of October. JAL will also cut services to Milan and Rome at the end of September, but will retain daily B777 flights from Paris, London and Frankfurt to Tokyo Narita. However, JAL’s ex-Europe belly cargo capacity will receive a boost from the introduction of a daily B777 service from the French capital to Tokyo Haneda, from the end of next month. The carrier will largely rely on a network of cargo GSAs to sell bellyhold space, with shipments being trucked to its remaining on-line stations in Europe. JAPAN: JAL to sell logistics arm Japan Airlines (JAL) is to sell its 72 per cent stake in JAL Logistics to Shizuokabased cargo distribution centre operator Hamakyorex. JAL Logistics’ main business is the provision of land transportation and customs clearance services. The move is part of the beleaguered group’s ongoing restructuring efforts.