JAPAN AIRLINES TO INCREASE PACIFIC CHARTER FLIGHTS

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By Mark-Alexander Pieper

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 1) – Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced it will begin to offer more charter flights out of Japan to Australia, Hawai΄i, the Marshall Islands and several other locations.

While JAL used to offer a charter service to Guam, there currently are no plans to offer charter services to Guam because Guam already is an established route for the airline, said Kenji Morita, JAL Guam's administrator.

The charter flights will leave from various parts of Japan to cities and tourist destinations around the world, according to a news release from the airline.

The biggest merit of charter flights is the shorter flight time to the destination due to direct flights.

"Basically, the routes are mainly for our off-line areas but since we have scheduled (direct) flights to Guam there is no need," Morita said. "If in the high season, if we see a demand then perhaps (JAL may offer charters to Guam)."

JAL also plans to proactively develop private charter flights where special individuals or corporations conclude an agreement with the airline to charter an aircraft, the release states. Such flights can be used as a means of travel for musical groups such as orchestras, sports groups, and corporate entertainment, including employee and incentive trips.

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