Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced a series of measures to support the earthquake hit areas of northeast Japan. The national carrier plans to launch extra flights to the Tohoku region today, transporting relief workers and supplies to the region.
These include four extra flights between Sapporo and Aomori, two extra services between Osaka and Aomori, one more flight between Sapporo and Akita, five additional services between Tokyo Haneda and Yamagata, two more flights between Osaka and Yamagata, and one extra flight between Osaka and Akita. JAL will also use larger aircraft on routes between Haneda and both Aomori and Akita. These routes will see the use of an Airbus A300-600, rather than a Boeing 737-800, adding 125 more seats per sector.
JAL is also offering calling on its frequent flyers to donate miles to raise funds necessary for relief work. For every 7,500 miles donated, JPY7,500 (US$92) will be contributed through the Central Community Chest of Japan (CCCJ) to help the recovery process. The airline will also work with relief organisations including the Red Cross to transport supplies and personnel to affected areas.