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Brisbane loses Japan Airlines

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29 April 2010

Japan Airlines started flying to Brisbane from Narita in 1986 and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) said the cancellation was a disappointment, but no surprise.

"Since November last year when Japan Airlines downsized their Brisbane service aircraft from an ageing Boeing 747 to a near new Boeing 767, passenger loads have been almost at capacity, averaging over 80 per cent up to March this year," BAC said in a statement.

The Brisbane airport management said the B-767 aircraft servicing the Queensland capital would be allocated to another route in the JAL network.

JAL is currently slashing its international network by 40 percent, retiring outdated aircraft and closing a number of overseas offices after filing for bankruptcy in January.

The airline said it was making a ‘bold withdrawal from several overseas regions’, with a ‘drastic contraction’ in the size of operations.

"JAL has restructured its overall network with the clear objective of returning to profitability as swiftly as possible by creating a solid business model that can withstand the fluctuations in economic conditions and by generating profits without overly relying on future traffic demand," the airline said.

BAC said Japan Airlines had advised them that once the airline’s restructure was complete and the company had returned to profitability they would be seeking to reinstate the Brisbane-Narita service.

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