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JAL Express
ジャル エクスプレス
Jaru Ekusupuresu
JALExpressLogo.PNG
IATA
JC
ICAO
JEX
Callsign
Janex
Founded April 1, 1997
Commenced operations July 1, 1998
Hubs Osaka International Airport
Focus cities Chūbu Centrair International Airport
Frequent flyer program JAL Mileage Bank
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 21
Destinations 8
Parent company Japan Airlines
Headquarters Ikeda, Osaka, Japan
Key people Shigemi Kurusu (President)
Website www.jal.co.jp/jex (Japanese)

JAL Express Co., Ltd. (JEX) (株式会社ジャル エクスプレス Kabushiki-gaisha Jaru Ekusupuresu ?), is a low-cost airline registered in Tokyo, Japan, with its headquarters and main hub at Osaka International Airport. Its operations include scheduled and non-scheduled passenger services to eight regional destinations across Japan. In addition, the airline operates additional 15 destinations in Japan and two destinations in the People's Republic of China on behalf of Japan Airlines, under a wet-lease agreement. It has a fleet of 20 Boeing and McDonnell Douglas aircraft.

JAL Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's flag carrier, Japan Airlines and an affiliate member of the Oneworld alliance. The airline was founded on April 1, 1997, and began operations with a Boeing 737-400 on July 1, 1998. It celebrated its tenth anniversary of establishment and first flight in April 2007 and July 2008, respectively. The airline operated its first international flight in May 2009 and now flies to Hangzhou and Shanghai. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999, JAL Express, together with its sister airlines within the JAL Group, carried over 32 million passengers and over 1.1 million tons of cargo and mail.

Contents

History

A modern multi-storey building in blue and grey colour, with Japan Airlines' "JAL" logo on the top right, there are blue sky on the background and a highway bridge in the foreground
Japan Airlines headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo – JAL Express Registered Office

JAL Express (JEX) was established on April 1, 1997, as a wholly owned domestic subsidiary airline of Japan Airlines (JAL), with an initial capital of ¥5.8 million. The airline operates scheduled passenger services to regional domestic destinations in Japan, as well as some low-demand flights for JAL under wet-lease agreement. It was anticipated that the airline may enter services on the domestic trunk and short-haul international routes. On July 1, 1998, JAL Express commenced operations from Osaka to Miyazaki and Kagoshima with two Boeing 737-400s, non-Japanese cockpit crew, and short-term contracted cabin attendants.[1][2][3] The airline's cabin attendants are called Sky Cast, their duties include cleaning the 150-seat cabin between flights.[4]

A Boeing 737-400 aircraft taxiing on the tarmac, with a seaview of two vessels in the water
JAL Express Boeing 737-400 in old livery at Kobe Airport

The airline celebrated its one millionth passenger in June 2000 and commenced wet-lease operation for its parent JAL in December 2000. On 14 November 2002, JAL introduced a new aircraft livery design - "The Arc of the Sun" - across all JAL Group fleet. A reception to celebrate the completion of the first painted aircraft with the JAL Group new design was held at the JAS M2 hanger. In April 2005, McDonnell Douglas MD-81 was introduced to the airline fleet, the aircraft has an all Economy Class configuration with 163 seats. JAL Express became an affiliate member of Oneworld on April 1, 2007, together with four of its sister airlines, in the alliance's biggest expansion in its young history.[5] On the same day, the airline celebrated its tenth anniversary of establishment.[2][6]

JAL Express welcomed the arrival of the new Boeing 737-800 to its fleet in January 2008 and celebrated the tenth anniversary of its first flight in July 2008. The airline operated its first international flight in May 2009 under a wet-lease agreement with JAL. It now flies to Hangzhou and Shanghai from Osaka (Kansai); and Hangzhou from Tokyo (Narita).[2]

Destinations

A Boeing 737-400 aircraft painted in new JAL corporate livery with a skyline background
JAL Express Boeing 737-400 in "Arc of the Sun" livery

JAL Express operates to the following destinations as of 8 September 2009 (2009 -09-08):[7]

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Wet-lease agreement

In addition to the normal scheduled passenger services, JAL Express also operates to the following destinations on behalf of Japan Airlines, under a wet-lease agreement.[7][8]

Terminated destinations

Fleet

A McDonnell Douglas MD-81 aircraft taxiing on the taxiway, with grass field and a grey coloured barbed wired fence in the foregound, and a mountain view on the background
JAL Express McDonnell Douglas MD-81 (JA8296)

JAL Express operates 21 narrow-body aircraft, with either two classes of service (class J and Economy class) or single class of service (Economy Class).[9][10][11]

JAL Express fleet (as of 30 December 2009 (2009 -12-30))
Aircraft[12] Total[9] Passengers[10] Note
J Y Total
Boeing 737-400 8 20 125 145 Domestic
0 150 150 Domestic
Boeing 737-800 10 20 145 165 Domestic
12 132 144 International
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 3 0 163 163 Domestic
Total 21

Services

In-flight catering

Cold beverages (including Hajime Saori cooled-green tea, JAL Original citrus drink Sky Time and apple juice), hot beverages (including tea, green tea, coffee and consommé soup), JAL Original candy and sugar candy are available on board. Passengers traveling in class J can enjoy JAL class J in-flight catering services.[13][14]

In-flight entertainment

JAL Group's in-flight magazine Skyward, JAL Express in-flight magazine JEX Letter and in-flight shopping magazine JALSHOP are available on board. There is no newspaper or audio and video programs available on JEX flights. Passengers traveling in class J can enjoy JAL class J in-flight entertainment services, where available.[13][15]

JAL Mileage Bank

Japan Airlines' "JAL" logo in black font in full capitals with a red and silver arc cross the character "A" in the middle, the words "Mileage Bank" in smaller black font in full capitals on the right and top aligned

JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) is the travel rewards program of JAL Group, including Japan Airlines, JALways, JAL Express, Japan Transocean Air, Japan Air Commuter, Hokkaido Air System and Ryukyu Air Commuter. The program's airline partners also include JAL's Oneworld partners, as well as Air France, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates and Oneworld member elect Mexicana. For the airline's most frequent flyers, JMB offers Fly On Program, a frequent flyer service status program; and JAL Global Club (JGC), an exclusive club designed for experienced travelers.[16][17]

The JMB program has no membership fee and mileage will be valid to the last day of the 36th month following the month of the flight or transaction date. In addition, if a JMB member does not accumulate mileage within 36 months after becoming a member, or a JMB member's account remains inactive at zero mileage for a consecutive 36 month period, JAL may withdraw or cancel the membership of such member.[16][18]

JMB Fly On Program

The Fly On Program is the frequent flyer service status program and is divided into four membership levels, Crystal, Sapphire, JGC Premier and Diamond, based on the member's travel in the last calendar year. Additionally, a minimum of four JAL Group flights on eligible fare classes are required. Members earn Fly On points on eligible fare classes on JAL Group and Oneworld member airlines. These are used to calculate the member's eligibility for membership renewal, upgrade or downgrade during the membership year. Higher-tiered members are provided with increased travel benefits such as bonus mileage, additional baggage allowance, priority boarding and airport lounge access. There are two phases to the Fly On Program service benefits; one begins after two months following qualification for membership and the other begins from April of the following year. Membership is valid until March 31 of the second year following membership qualification.[19][20]

Crystal

An airport check-in counter in black colour theme, with Japan Airlines written in capitals in white colour. There is a black carpet with the extra large letter 'F' in script font and 'JAL First Class' in smaller font, both in gold colour. The foreground has gold coloured poles with red velvet ropes
JAL First Class check-in counter

Crystal level is achieved or retained when the member earns 30,000 Fly On Points or boarding more than 30 flights and minimum of 10,000 Fly On Points. Services and benefits after two months of membership qualification include priority waitlisting, 50 percent bonus mileage, airport lounge access for Japan domestic flights with lounge coupons via mileage deduction, priority check-in at Executive Class counters for international flights, JGC counters and priority baggage for class J on JAL Group domestic flights, 10 kg (22 lb) or one piece of extra baggage allowance, priority boarding on international flights, priority airport standby and class J upgrade with class J coupon via mileage deduction. Services and benefits from April of the following year include 10 upgrade points for complimentary flight upgrades. JMB Crystal membership level is equivalent to Oneworld Ruby tier status, which entitles members to Oneworld Ruby benefits when travelling on a Oneworld member airline.[21][22]

Sapphire

Sapphire level is achieved or retained when the member earns 50,000 Fly On Points or boarding more than 50 flights and minimum of 15,000 Fly On Points. Additional services and benefits for Sapphire members after two months of membership qualification include 100 percent bonus mileage, JAL or Sakura Lounge access with one guest when flying on JAL Group airline flights. Priority check-in at First Class counters for international flights and JGC counters for Japan domestic flights, priority baggage, 20 kg (44 lb) or two pieces of extra baggage allowance and access to JAL Fast Security Lane. Additional services and benefits for Sapphire members from April of the following year include 20 upgrade points for complimentary flight upgrades. JMB Sapphire members will be invited to join the JGC, which is dedicated to cater for experienced travelers. JMB Sapphire membership level is equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire tier status, which entitles members to Oneworld Sapphire benefits when travelling on a Oneworld member airline.[22][23]

JGC Premier

large circular multi-story building with stepped upper levels, facade comprised of multiple rows of balconies; foreground is a tree-lined park area, with a curved walkway railing, and additional buildings behind.
Hotel Nikko Tokyo, a JAL Hotels establishment, part of the Fly On rewards program

JGC Premier is achieved or retained when the member earns 80,000 Fly On Points or boarding more than 80 flights and minimum of 25,000 Fly On Points. Additional services and benefits for JGC Premier members after two months of membership qualification include mileage expiry suspension during membership period, First Class and Diamond / Premier Lounge access with one guest when flying on JAL Group airline flights, and priority check-in at First Class counters and priority boarding for both international and domestic flights. Additional services and benefits for JGC Premier members from April of the following year include three complimentary transferable JAL and Sakura Lounge coupons, 30 upgrade points for complimentary flight upgrades, one complimentary JAL Hotels one night stay coupon, five complementary passes to the Century 21 Club and one flower gift coupon. JGC Premier membership level is equivalent to Oneworld Emerald tier status, which entitles members to Oneworld Emerald benefits when travelling on a Oneworld member airline.[22][24]

Diamond

The highest membership level in the Fly On Program of the JAL Mileage Bank. Diamond level is achieved or retained when the member earns 100,000 Fly On Points or boarding more than 120 flights and minimum of 35,000 Fly On Points. Additional services and benefits for Diamond members after two months of membership qualification include 125 percent bonus mileage and any seat award tickets with double mileage deduction. Additional services and benefits for Diamond members from April of the following year include 40 upgrade points for complimentary flight upgrades, two complimentary JAL Hotels one night stay coupons and Century 21 Club membership. JMB Diamond membership level is equivalent to Oneworld Emerald tier status, which entitles members to Oneworld Emerald benefits when travelling on a Oneworld member airline.[22][25]

JAL Global Club

The words "JAL Global Club" in gold colour and in italics, with the first and last characters in script like font. Each word is stacked on top of each other and center aligned

The JAL Global Club is an exclusive club dedicated to cater for JAL Group's most experienced and valuable travelers. Membership is available to JMB members who have earned 50,000 Fly On Points or boarding more than 50 flights and minimum of 15,000 Fly On Points. In addition, membership can be enrolled under JALCARD Club-A, Club-A Gold or JAL's Diners Club membership after payment of an annual fee. Life-time membership will be given as long as a one-time qualifying member continues to pay the JALCARD annual fee. The Oneworld tier status as a JGC member will depend on the JMB Fly On program membership levels, with the following exceptions: JGC members will automatically attain Oneworld Ruby status upon enrollment; and JGC members who have earned 20,000 Fly On Points in the previous calendar year or attained JMB Crystal level will attain Oneworld Sapphire status.[26][27]

JGC benefits include 3,000 bonus miles for the first JAL Group eligible flight flown every year, JAL or Sakura Lounge access with one guest, priority baggage, 20 kg (44 lb) or two pieces of extra baggage allowance, priority check-in, personlized leather baggage tags, annual gifts of a calendar and a diary and exclusive use of member lounges at designated hotels. In addition, JALCARD Club-A, Club-A Gold and JAL Diners Club holders receive 35 percent JALCARD flight bonus mileage.[26]

References

  1. ^ Japan Airlines (1997-03-10). "JAL Forms "JAL Express" as New Domestic Subsidiary". Press release. http://www.jal.com/en/press/1997/031002/031002.html. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  
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