Japan Airlines considering replacement of 767s and regional jets – executive

A Japan Airlines plane is seen from the international terminal at Sydney Airport, as countries respond to the novel coronavirus variant Omicron amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sydney, Australia, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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DOHA, June 21 (Reuters) – Japan Airlines (JAL) (9201.T) expects to make a decision within a year or two on replacing its aging fleet of Boeing Co (BA.N) 767s and Embraer SA (EMBR3. SA) regional jets, a senior executive said Tuesday.

JAL will consider the 787 and Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A321neo families as possible replacements for its 767 fleet and the A220 and E2 models for regional jets, said Ross Leggett, Head of Route Marketing, International Relations and Alliances of the airline.

“We have a fairly large 787 fleet, so if it’s an A321 that could then be used fairly well in Asia as well, we really haven’t looked at the full decision,” he said. at Reuters on the fringes of an airline industry. gathering in Doha.

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JAL has 31,767, 18 Embraer E-170s and 14 E-190s in its fleet, according to its website.

Leggett said the airline reduced domestic capacity to 100% of pre-pandemic levels in May, although demand was around 85% to 95% of 2019 levels.

In the international market, with China, South Korea and Taiwan effectively closed and Japan capping the number of daily entries, capacity is around 65% of pre-pandemic levels, he added. .

Domestic demand at rival ANA Holdings (9202.T) is around 80% of pre-pandemic levels, said Junichiro Miyagawa, ANA’s executive vice president for alliances and international affairs.

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Reporting by Jamie Freed. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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