Japan Airlines announced Monday that it will decrease the fuel surcharge placed on all international passenger tickets issued for the 3-month period starting Jan 1, 2009. The new surcharges per person per sector flown on tickets purchased in Japan, range from 2,500 yen on a Japan-Korea ticket, down from 4,000 yen, to 26,000 yen on a Japan-Brazil ticket, down from 38,000 yen. The surcharge per person per sector on a Japan to Canada, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, Oceania or U.S. (excluding Hawaii) will go down from 33,000 yen to 22,000 yen.
The surcharge will be progressively reduced as the price of fuel decreases, and will be canceled completely if the price of Singapore kerosene stays below the benchmark of $60 per barrel, JAL said. The price of fuel during the 3 month period from August-October averaged $115.92 per barrel. This is substantially down on the average of $163.54 per barrel for the 3-month period prior to that.
The fuel surcharge charged for tickets issued from April to June 2009 will be reviewed based on the average price of fuel for November 2008 through to January, 2009.
JAL said it will continue conducting a wide range of countermeasures to limit the full impact of the price increase including fuel hedging, fuel consumption reductions, and the introduction of more fuel-efficient small and medium-sized aircraft to its fleet.© Japan Today