Japan Airlines (JAL) will be launching a new cargo service with a major Japanese logistics firm in 2024.
Partnering with Yamato Holdings Co., JAL announced the new cargo service – scheduled to start in April 2024 – would operate flights between Tokyo and Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Okinawa. The operating company will be changed to Spring Japan Co., a JAL consolidated company.
According to JAL, the freighter operations will use three Airbus A321neo P2F aircraft on 21 flights per day from both Tokyo area hubs – Narita and Haneda – to Kitakyushu, Sapporo, and Naha (Okinawa) along with services between Naha and Kitakyushu.
Converted from passenger aircraft for all-cargo operations, the A221neo P2F provides a maximum payload of 28 tones - 143 AAY containers in the main deck and 10 AKH containers in the lower deck.
JAL has received two of the three aircraft. The remaining aircraft is scheduled to be received in February 202 before undergoing the passenger-to-freighter conversion in Singapore from March 2023.
As one of Japan's major logistics companies, and the partnership with JAL will enable the company Yamato Holdings to secure transportation capacity for subject areas.