TOKYO -- Japan Airlines reduced the cost of its JAL Value Fares for
travel to Japan from its U.S. gateways, effective April 1.
JAL Value Fares' three seasons are peak (June 29 to Sept. 2 and
Dec. 14 to 26), shoulder (March 22 through June 28, Sept. 3 to Oct.
28 and Dec. 27 to Jan. 6) and basic (Oct. 29 to Dec. 13 and Jan. 7
to March 21). Weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- and weekday
levels also apply.
As an example of the new rates, a roundtrip ticket from
Dallas/Fort Worth to Tokyo for travel on April 2 (weekday,
shoulder-season fare) costs $950, which is $100 less than last
Travel on that route on a peak-season weekend costs $1,250.
Children ages 2 to 11 pay 75% of the adult fare.
JAL Value Fares have no advance-purchase requirements, although
tickets must be paid for within seven days of the reservation. The
minimum stay required is three days and the maximum is four
Meanwhile, as of April 1, JAL began selling seats for $100 below
its JAL Value Fares for customers who book and purchase their
tickets via its Web site, at www.japanair.com, before May 1; after that
date, travelers will save $50 by booking through the site. In
addition, JAL Mileage Bank members will earn bonus miles when
purchasing on line.
The new JAL Value Fares and special Web fares apply to flights
from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, New
York and Chicago to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and
In other news, the airline said it will roll out new seats in
first and business class as well as improvements in services for
Later this year, the airline will debut what it said are
ergonomic sleeper seats in the first class cabins of certain
747-400 aircraft flying from Tokyo to London. The leather seats,
which will feature a silver console with a table and drawer, may
eventually be added to different routes and aircraft types.
Starting in October, legroom in business class on New York and
London routes will grow by more than 50%. The seat pitch will be
increased by an average of 15 inches to 62 inches, the angle of
maximum recline will increase to 152 degrees and legroom will be
increased by 55%.
In the summer of 2002, new bed-style seats will be introduced in
business class, allowing the seat to fold out into a bed with a
maximum recline of 170 degrees.
Starting this summer, economy class cabins on 747-400 aircraft
flying Pacific and Europe routes will offer a self-service area
where passengers will be able to help themselves to refreshments.
In addition, all classes will receive an upgraded entertainment