Japanese Airlines (JAL) is to introduce three Boeing 767-300ER Freighter (dedicated cargo aircraft). This will be the first time in 13 years that JAL will operate its own Freighter, and operations will begin sequentially from the end of fiscal year 2023.
JAL has been securing revenues reliably and efficiently in the air cargo business, where demand fluctuates widely, through flexible business operations by using cargo space on passenger flights and chartering other companies’ freighters in response to demand. However, with plans for further growth in the cargo and mail business, the company decided to operate its own freighters.
The airline said: “With the introduction of the Freighter, a new business model will be established to ensure stable and growing demand. In addition, we will strengthen our air transportation capabilities to meet the logistics needs arising from the “2024 issue*” and contribute to solving social issues based on logistics.
“To capture domestic and international e-commerce, parcel delivery, and other high growth cargo, we will build alliances with logistics partners and operate routes that ensure stable demand. In addition, we will ensure that domestic air transportation plays a growing role in response to the “2024 issue” and limit business risks caused by fluctuations in demand and market conditions.”