TOKYO — Japan Airlines Group announced on Dec. 1 an additional daily flight between Narita International Airport and A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam, between March 25 and Oct. 27. The temporary increase is to “meet exuberant demand,” according to the release.
The additional service will use the JAL Sky Suite aircraft on a Boeing 767-300ER, with 199 seats. JAL changed its regular service aircraft configuration on the Narita-Guam route on Dec. 1, according to Journal files. The JAL Sky Suite aircraft has 36 fewer seats but approximately 10 centimeters more legroom than the previous aircraft servicing the route. The 199 seats are comprised of 24 seats in business class, or JAL Sky Suite II, and 175 JAL Sky Wider seats in a 2-3-2 configuration in the economy class. (See “Routes Roundup — October 2, 2017” in the Oct. 2 issue of the Journal.)
The second daily flight from Narita to Guam, JL8941 will depart Narita at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at Guam at 2:10 p.m. JL8942 will depart Guam at 4:15 a.m. and arrive at Narita at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available for sale starting Dec. 7, according to the release.
Gov. Edward B. Calvo met with Yoshiharu Ueki, representative director and president of JAL, during a trip to Japan in early September. Ueki told the governor that part of the reason behind the aircraft upgrade on the Guam route is because JAL did not want to “cheap-sell” the brand and that there are always customers willing to pay the extra price, according to Journal files.
Depending on load factors after upgrading its aircraft, JAL may be willing to increase flights, said Milton K. Morinaga, chairman of the board of the Guam Visitors Bureau, at the bureau’s regular board meeting on Sept. 14.
JAL is also temporarily increasing flights from Kansai, Japan, to Honolulu between April and October with a second daily flight using a Boeing 787-8.
Delta Air Lines plans to terminate its Narita-Guam service on Jan. 8, and United Airlines is reducing seating capacity from four cities in Japan next year and canceling its Sapporo-Guam route on Jan. 15. (See “Delta Air Lines to cancel its Narita-Guam service” in the Oct. 2 issue and “United to slash flights; cites low demand” in the Oct. 16 issue of the Journal.) — See the Dec. 11 issue of the Journal for further details on this story.
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