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Domestic first class seating set for JAL

Date Posted: 2007-01-12

In a quest for new revenues, financially strapped Japan Airline Corp, says it will introduce first class seating on domestic flights beginning this Spring.

A Japan Air Lines spokesman says the move is one of many being planned by the ailing airline this year as it works to woo back business travelers from rival All Nippon Airways. Typically, ten first class seats will be integrated into each domestic flight as the new fiscal year begins April 1st.

The first class seating program is in addition to the Class J seating plan introduced in June 2004. That program allowed economy seat passengers to upgrade to larger seats for a •1,000 charge. Popular with families, it alienated business travelers, who switched to ANA and its Super Seat Premium Service.

Japan Air Lines is in the midst of management strategy changes as it struggles to get out of a slump. The airline registered a net loss of •47.2 billion for fiscal year 2005 in the wake of negative publicity over safety incidents, as well as making its way through a management coup.

JALís new first class seating is expected to be more expensive than ANAís. The ANA Super Seat Premium service costs •3,000-5,000 extra for wider seats and added service.

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