Japan Airlines, the flag carrier of Japan has announced its plans to start cargo operations using dedicated freighter aircraft. Furthermore, it has partnered with one of the largest freight carrier globally, DHL Express. Lets have a look at the details.
Dedicated Cargo Operations
In a press release on December 4th, the airline made its intent clear that it wants to venture into cargo operations using converted freighters. It revealed that with effect from February 19, 2024, it will start operating on few routes between Japan and China marking the resumption of freighter services. 13 years ago, the airline used to operate dedicated freighters in its fleet.
The airline will use a fleet of Boeing 767 Freighters for this operations. As per the airline, a consistent supply will be ensured by the freighters’ operation, which will improve flexible and stable air transportation capacities. Moreover, the creation of a network plan in response to rising demand would guarantee that customer requirements are met and support the long-term growth of the logistics infrastructure.
Routes to be Operated
Japan Airlines will carry out cargo operations on following routes :
- Narita to Taipei
- Taipei to Nagoya
- Nagoya to Seoul
- Seoul to Narita
- Narita to Nagoya
- Nagoya to Shanghai
- Shanghai to Narita
- Narita to Shanghai
The table below depicts the flight number and timings of this freighter flights.
Japan Airlines Freighter Fleet
As of now, there are 2 Boeing 767 Freighter jets undergoing conversion at Singapore Paya Lebar Airport (QPG). Both of these aircraft were previously operated by Japan Airlines for civilian flights. Their registrations are JA653J and JA654J.
JA653J : With Manufacturer Serial Number MSN 40365, this aircraft conducted first ever test flight on 3 December, 2010. Japan Airlines received delivery of this aircraft on 14th December, 2010. It is powered by 2 General Electric engines. It was ferried to Singapore on 7th August, 2023 for conversion to freighter.
JA654J : With Mnaufacturer Serial Number MSN 40366, this aircraft conducted first ever test flight on 25 January, 2011. It was delivered to Japan Airlines on 3rd February, 2011. Similar to previous airframe, it is also powered by GE Engines. It was ferried for conversion on 19 September, 2023.
The Upper Cargo Compartment will have a Maximum Loading Weight of 32 tons with 24 pallets. In Lower Cargo Compartment, the aircraft will be able to carry 16 tons in 3 pallets and 9 containers. The freighter will have a range of 10,460 kilometres.
Partnership with DHL Express
For enhancing presence in cargo operations, Japan Airlines has signed an agreement with DHL Express. With this agreement, DHL will be utilizing the Boeing 767 freighters owned by Japan Airlines. Both companies aims to build a robust cargo network in East Asian region.
DHL has fortified its infrastructure network in response to the rapid expansion of cross-border express shipments. Its largest hub facility in Asia Pacific, the expanded Central Asia Hub, was recently inaugurated. By utilizing the routes that JAL will launch subsequent to February 19, 2024, DHL will enhance its intra-East Asian network even more.
Executive Officer, Cargo & Mail of Japan Airlines Co. Ltd., Yuichiro Kito said : In our opinion, this agreement strengthens the already strong relationship between JAL and DHL. We will help address social concerns as we operate our own freighters for the first time in 13 years and frame it as the catalyst for our company’s explosive expansion as well as a means of satisfying our clients’ expanding needs.
President and Representative Director of DHL Express Japan, Tony Khan said : For DHL, this new contract with JAL marks a significant turning point as we aim to improve our aviation network connecting Japan and East Asia. One of the most crucial routes is between China and Japan. By maintaining the stability of our air network, we can also respond to changes in demand and shipment growth in a more flexible and steady manner.
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Source : Japan Airlines Press Release