Yamato and JAL to team up on domestic freighter flights

By Damian Brett

Source: Yamato Holdings

Japan-based logistics firm Yamato is partnering with Japan Airlines (JAL) to launch domestic freighter flights in 2024 in response to new truck driver laws.

The two companies will launch flights between Tokyo and Hokkaido, Kyushu and Okinawa in April 2024 in an effort to “build a sustainable and resilient logistics network for long-distance transport”.

The services will be operated by three 28-tonne capacity A321 converted freighters flown by JAL’s low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar Japan.

Yamato said that from April 2024 the yearly overtime work hours of drivers will be limited to 960 hours, putting pressure on trucking capacity.

Frequent natural disasters have also put pressure on supply chain operations.

JAL also needs to secure cargo transportation capacity as it downsizes its passenger fleet due to long-term population decline and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The purpose of the introduction is to adopt a new means of transport in order to maintain and increase the level of service and transportation capacity [Yamato] has achieved up to now using trucks, rail, ferry and the cargo space of passenger aircraft,” the logistics firm said.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]