Main Points From JAL's Rehabilitation Plan

August 31, 2010

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Japan Airlines submitted a business turnaround plan on Tuesday that will run until March 31, 2013.

JAL, Asia's biggest carrier by revenue, filed for bankruptcy protection in January owing more than USD$25 billion and pledged a sweeping restructuring under a new board and management.

Below are some key points under the turnaround plan:


-- President Masaru Onishi said JAL would consider creation of a low-cost carrier business.


-- To retire 103 aircraft, including all Boeing 747-400s, Airbus A300-600s, MD-81s and MD-90s, out of its fleet of 258.

-- To cut 39 domestic routes, to 109. Focus on more frequent service routes using smaller aircraft.

-- To cut 10 international flights, to 65. Focus on major cities among US, European and Asian routes.


-- Banks to waive JPY¥521 billion (USD$6.16 billion), including Mitsubishi UFJ Financial and Mizuho Financial. JAL said it had JPY¥959 billion in liabilities at the end of March.


-- May try to go public again by 2013.


-- Kazuo Inamori says he wants to step down as CEO in February 2012, a year earlier than he had agreed to when he took the job in January.

-- Company aims to be profitable from first year of plan, with operating profit of JPY¥64.1 billion in the year to March 31, 2011.


-- To cut group headcount by one-third to about 32,600 at the end of March 2011.

-- Sell or liquidate subsidiaries, including selling its hotel business, and concentrate managerial resources on air transport business.