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JAL to reassign 3,000 employees as international air travel struggles

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 will transfer around 3,000 employees to low-cost carrier and other non-core operations as international and business travel continue

Other business that profitable now will get load for unneeded employee, downsizing is another solution like normal healthy business.

In other article Japan only get 252 tourist, so how can they make profit from less international travel?

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Amazing how JAL is still operating?

The 3rd year for international travel to effectively cease to and from Japan.

If not for the massive government handouts JAL would not be here!

Many other businesses in Japan were not so lucky though…

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The pandemic has also hit business travel, with companies holding online meetings instead.

Really? You gotta be kidding me! Businesses were hit hard by the pandemic? Online meetings?

Since when?

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Amazing how JAL is still operating?

> The 3rd year for international travel to effectively cease to and from Japan.

> If not for the massive government handouts JAL would not be here!

> Many other businesses in Japan were not so lucky though…

LOL, come on! Other airlines in Asia, especially northern Asia have had business models for decades that was far more reliant on transit passengers going to and from other countries than actual O&D passengers. Japanese airlines didn't compete in that so much because they had strong enough demand here to maintain a healthy O&D business... Well that dried up when it was too difficult to re-enter the country, so guess what, both JAL and ANA pivoted and a huge number of passengers are transit now. Mostly between the US and SE Asia or Australia.

Sure, they are competing on price now with other airlines in the region where before it wasn't necessary, but they are running a healthy business despite Japan remaining largely closed. Unlike China, HK, and Taiwan, which used to host many of those transit passengers in the past, Japan has allowed transit during the entire pandemic while those 3 countries shut it down, you still can't transit China now, but China Southern, China Eastern, and to a lesser extent Xiamen Airways used to absolutely dominate that sector.

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Like my dad used to say: “Who’s Fault is THAT” ?

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Sounds like they aren't expecting foreign tourists anytime soon.

Maybe in 2023 or ...

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JAL to reassign 3,000 employees as international air travel struggles

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The move comes after the company in May decided to increase its workforce in growth areas by about 3,000 compared with fiscal 2019, including new hires at the low-cost carrier, in the revised version of its medium-term business plan.

Err...I'm lost...

Did JAL initially need the 3,000 or not? It kinda reads like they hired them in May but now don't know what to do with them and "reassign" them...?

I recall a piece on TV months into the pandemic (so 2020?) about how JAL cabin attendants got "reassigned" to being...Mikos in Japanese shrines...

Wonder if they're still doing this arubaito or if they got the message? I mean, going through a grueling selection process to be able to be an "ambassador" or a "face" for Japan and travel around the world...to end up in a shrine...somewhere...in Japan...selling o-mamoris.

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many JAL stewardesses have been relocated to their call center in Ikebukuro at the same building I visit a few times a month, you can tell the difference from other average call center staff

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Just as well there are so many snacks and other places where the well heeled rich gather, that can offer a lifeline to those whose dreams have been thwarted.

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China Southern, China Eastern, and to a lesser extent Xiamen Airways used to absolutely dominate that sector.

I transited through Guangzhou (Hangzhou? Same thing) with China Southern and they ere an absolutely abysmal airline.

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I transited through Guangzhou (Hangzhou? Same thing) with China Southern and they ere an absolutely abysmal airline.

If you don't know the difference between Hangzhou or Guangzhou, I take your anecdote with a huge grain of salt.

I flew China Southern many times. Not great, but still a million times better than Delta or United.

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Bet this is going to be the type of reassignment which they will "voluntarily" resign in a few years.

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capitalism as its best,people are just parts of statistics

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as international and business travel continue to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, company sources said Wednesday.

It should read, *...hit by the government's restrictions on foreign tourism." 256 tourists in a month isn't gonna cut it.

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JAL and Ana should amalgamate. Kushida should only have on jumbo jet.

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JAL and Ana should amalgamate. Kushida should only have on jumbo jet.

The government has proposed this as it bailed out JAL years ago while ANA continued to operate without a government bailout. JAL should have been let go and just disappear. Then ANA, by far the better run airline, would be the single Japan carrier and everyone would be happier. But nationalism reared its ugly head once again in Japan and JAL was saved by investing billions of taxpayer money into the airline, which had gone bankrupt before many times. JAL was originally a government airline, that may be why it seems to not run profitably. ANA started up as a private airline. Seems to be a big difference between the two over the years and even today.

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Just fire them already and save some bucks, international travel to Japan won't be back to normal for at least a decade.

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@joe Blow @9.51am

Show me a Chinese airline that bears any resemblance to a competent airline?

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Coulda Been

How about Cebu Air ? Lol

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Show me a Chinese airline that bears any resemblance to a competent airline?

not arguing with that, then again, JAL cant really state to being any different, remember they got taxpayer bailout all because its Japans carrier and the shame of it

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Show me a Chinese airline that bears any resemblance to a competent airline?

All of them are better than any of the US airlines. About the same level as JAL/ANA, but not among the top ones (Singapore, Cathay, etc)

How about Cebu Air ? 

Cebu is in the Philippines.

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They're all trained in basic life support …. Deploy them to Osaka to assist the over stressed healthcare system!

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The way the Japan government continues to jerk around the travel and tourism industry here in Japan is disgraceful. It will take years to recover the lost wealth if ever.

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ZorotoToday  04:27 pm JST

All of them are better than any of the US airlines. About the same level as JAL/ANA, but not among the top ones (Singapore, Cathay, etc)

Delta One is one of the best airlines for business class, in the world.

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At least the staff have some jobs (of a sort), look at the mess in the UK....

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If you don't know the difference between Hangzhou or Guangzhou, I take your anecdote with a huge grain of salt.

They're both generic Chinese cities and they shuttled us to a hotel in the middle of nowhere. People on the street acted like they'd never a seen a foreigner in their lives before.

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Show me a Chinese airline that bears any resemblance to a competent airline?

They're all terrible. Pilot couldn't land because of wind, the in-flight intro video showed a map of China that included Taiwan, flight attendants wavered between curt and downright rude, nothing went off on time. Just a mess.

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