Japan Airlines vs ANA – Which Japanese Carrier Is Better?

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Japan Airlines vs ANA – Which Japanese Carrier Is Better?

Japan has two of the finest legacy carriers flying the skies: Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA). So if there was the opportunity to fly to Japan on one of these carriers, which one would be the better choice? Let’s find out.

ANA and JAL have extensive operations at all major Japanese airports. Photo: Getty Images

Destinations served

According to Flight Connections, Japan Airlines serves 44 domestic destinations and 48 international destinations in 23 countries. ANA, on the other hand, serves 53 domestic destinations and 53 international destinations in 27 countries. Information is accurate as of April 2020. Both airlines also fly out of both major Tokyo airports – Haneda and Narita.

It would seem that ANA is the winner in terms of overall places one can travel with the airline. However, the gap is further widened when you take into account the reach of their respective alliances.

Japan Airlines is part of the oneworld airline alliance, which serves 1,100 destinations in 180 territories. The Star Alliance, on the other hand, has its member airlines flying to more than 1,300 destinations in 195 countries worldwide. A primary advantage of Star Alliance is its intra-Africa offerings with Ethiopian Airlines. This is something not fully realized with oneworld despite Royal Air Maroc’s recent entry into the alliance.

Japan Airlines Airbus A350
Japan Airlines is a oneworld alliance member. Photo: Airbus

Fleet

Both airlines have a reasonably modern aircraft fleets. However, Japan Airlines now has the Airbus A350 – an aircraft not found in the ANA fleet. The JAL A350 is, however, limited to domestic operations for now.

On the other hand, ANA is one of the few airlines in the world operating the Airbus A380. This aircraft strictly operates the Tokyo Narita to Honolulu service and has a unique series of liveries for its superjumbos.

Both airlines operate the 787 Dreamliner. Interestingly, when comparing the 787s of both airlines, it looks like JAL has, on average, wider economy seats for long-haul flights than its competitor – according to SeatGuru.

ANA 787-9 and 787-10
ANA has ordered up to 20 more Dreamliners. Photo: ANA

Inflight service

By all accounts, both airlines offer fantastic inflight service. In fact, according to Nippon.com, a 2019 Airline Satisfaction Survey conducted by AB-Road Research Center of Japan, awarded in second place to All Nippon Airways and third to Japan Airlines.

As for Skytrax’s 2019 ranking for World’s Best Airline, results are slightly different. ANA ranked third for this list while Japan Airlines came in at eleventh place. For 2019, Skytrax awarded ANA 3rd place for “best cabin crew” and 8th place to Japan Airlines.

Based on rankings, it does seem like ANA comes out on top. However, when the competition is so fierce at the top, sometimes things can come down to personal preference rather than objective factors.

Conclusion

It’s clear that Japan has two excellent full-service carriers, both rivaling the best that any European or North American legacy carrier could offer. There are still many more factors that we could examine – many of which may only speak to a small group of travelers.

One FlyerTalk member commented saying, “JAL has the better lounges, but ANA has the better business class seats,” while another said, “Depends a lot on what routes you fly and in what class you fly. In general the hard product and service are very good on both.”

Have you flown both airlines? Which one do you like more? Share your experiences with us in the comments.

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Will Delta Retire Some 767s Amid Capacity Cuts?

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Will Delta Retire Some 767s Amid Capacity Cuts?

The Boeing 767 is a workhorse for Delta Airlines and operates a number of key routes– especially to South America and Europe. However, most of the carrier’s 767s are currently parked due to international travel restrictions and a lack of demand. The question is, will Delta retire some older 767s to cut costs?

Could Delta retire 767s early? Photo: Getty Images

Retiring the Boeing 767s

American Airlines may have already flown its last 767 flight. Recently, the carrier also replaced some routes with Boeing 787 service. However, Delta has not laid out plans to retire the 767s from its fleet.

Delta 767
The 767s are approaching retirement age. Photo: Getty Images

Per a filing from the airline, there were 56 Boeing 767-300ERs and 21 of the larger -400ERs in the airline’s fleet. The -300ERs have an average age of over 23 years. Meanwhile, the -400ERs are over 19 years old.

These aircraft are not too far off from their retirement age. While Delta does have a penchant for flying older aircraft, the carrier is accelerating retirements of older aircraft like the MD-80s. In this climate, with rising costs, it is not inconceivable for Delta to remove the 767s from its fleet.

Investing in the 767-400ERs

Recently, Delta has been investing in the -400ERs. This includes a significant cabin retrofit that sees the airline offer an enhanced business class product, a true premium economy product, and a refresh of its economy class seats. This plane can be found on a variety of routes, including services to London-Heathrow and Santiago.

Delta has invested in an upgraded business class product on the -400ERs. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Investing in an aircraft before retirement is a waste of money for airlines. Thus, the -400ERs will likely remain in the carrier’s fleet for a few years to come. The aircraft is not terribly dense, and passengers appreciate the 2-3-2 layout in coach. This makes it an ideal aircraft to fly to intensely competitive destinations like London.

Delta Premium Select
Premium Select is in a comfortable 2-2-2 layout. Photo: Delta Air Lines

What about the 767-300ERs?

The -300ERs are not undergoing this retrofit. These planes are starting to show their age on the inside. In Delta One, the product is a bit lackluster, and these planes lack a true premium economy product– only extra-legroom economy is available.

Delta One 767
The Delta One product on the 767 is a bit lackluster. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

Now, however, the airline has an opportunity to retire these aircraft early. As part of a tie-up with LATAM, Delta agreed to take on ten additional A350s on top of the four existing planes in LATAM’s fleet that will join Delta’s. Coupled with the A330-900neos on order, this means that around another 50 widebodies will be entering the airline’s fleet.

Delta will assume A350s from LATAM. Photo: Simple Flying

While the A350s are no doubt excellent planes, these planes are not exact 767 replacements. Instead, they could be used to upgrade existing A330 routes. Then, Delta can move those A330s over to 767 routes and retire the 767s.

A330-300
The A350 could replace some A330 routes to partner hubs like Amsterdam and Paris. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

Another consideration is that global travel demand is at its lowest points in years. As a result, it would not make much sense for Delta to launch additional long-haul routes while, perhaps, axing some existing destinations.

This could make retiring the 767s a compelling idea for Delta. The airline will save out on maintenance costs, any retrofit costs, and receive additional fleet simplification.

Overall

Most likely, Delta will not retire all of its 767-300ERs right away. It will be a slow process that also depends on aircraft deliveries. For now, Delta has deferred its deliveries for 2020 with future alterations likely.

Do you think Delta should retire some 767s? Let us know in the comments!

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