JAL slims down

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Troubled Japan Airlines, part of the JAL Group (JAL), has announced route closures and “aircraft downsizing measures” in order to return to profitability.
Yahoo News says that the carrier, which was bailed out by the Japanese government in January, will retire up to 103 aircraft including all its Boeing 747-400s and Airbus A300-600s by March 2011, with its McDonnell Douglas-built MD81 and MD90s following “by a later date” to reduce its fleet to four aircraft types. Up to 49 international and domestic routes will also be axed.
The report also says that a new low-cost carrier would be formed by 2013 to compete with budget airlines.