Japan Airlines’ new longhaul LCC to take off in 2020

Japan Airlines (JAL) is launching a new international LCC to offer medium to longhaul flights.

The new LCC business will be a consolidated subsidiary of the JAL Group and plans to operate flights from Narita International Airport to select destinations in Asia, Europe and the Americas, the airline said in a statement.

JAL eyes a larger slice of the budget air travel sector, which has been slow to take off in the country

In the first stages of its establishment, the as-yet unnamed carrier will operate two Boeing 787-8 aircraft and is targeting to launch commercial flights from the summer of 2020 when Narita Airport is scheduled to complete enhancements to its facilities.

The LCC business is part of JAL’s 10 Year Grand Design medium-term strategy to accelerate growth through innovation, while contributing toward Japan’s target to welcome new inbound visitors in the next three years and beyond.

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