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JAL eyeing scrapping 16 unprofitable routes.

TOKYO, Nov. 2 Kyodo

Japan Airlines Corp. is planning to stop flying more than 16 unprofitable domestic and international routes by the end of next June as part of its business rehabilitation efforts, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

JAL will formally decide on the plan later this week before the government-backed Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan formally decides to support the airline, they said.

The 16 routes include eight international routes such as Narita-Mexico City and Narita-Hangzhou flights as well as those between Kansai International Airport and Kuala Lumpur, and between the airport in Osaka and Busan.

The eight domestic routes include those between Central Japan International Airport in Aichi Prefecture and Kushiro, Hokkaido, and between Haneda airport in Tokyo and Kobe airport in Hyogo Prefecture.

The 16 routes are among some 45 routes JAL plans to do away with under its earlier plan to turn its struggling business around.

The carrier is reviewing the plan as it seeks rehabilitation under the supervision of ETIC.
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Date:Nov 2, 2009
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