JAL launches e-ticketing on int'l flights

TOKYO -- Japan Airlines, Japan's largest carrier, introduced e-ticketing on its international flights.

With the move, JAL became the first Japanese airline to offer international ticketless service; in June 1996, JAL introduced electronic tickets for domestic flights.

JAL is accepting reservations for ticketless travel starting June 12 on routes between Narita and Kansai airports in the Tokyo area to New York and Los Angeles.

Initially, through September, the service will be offered only to members of JAL's frequent flyer program, the JAL Mileage Bank, and only for award tickets.

The service will be extended in October to all customers and will apply to normal fares and published discount fares on all JAL routes between Japan and North America, except Mexico.

Additional expansion to European and Asian routes is planned for the first half of 2001.

In other JAL news, the airline launched JAL Value Fares for travel to Japan, which it said represent a savings compared with even the lowest Apex fares for transpacific travel and carry no advance-purchase requirement.

There are three seasons for fare purposes: peak, which is June 30 through Sept. 3 and Dec. 15 through 27; shoulder, March 23 through June 29, Sept. 4 through Oct. 29 and Dec. 28 through Jan. 3, and basic, Oct. 30 through Dec. 14 and Jan. 4 through March 22.

JAL said it hopes to expand Value Fares to points in Asia beyond Japan.

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