JAL maintains int'l fare fuel surcharge for tickets issued between April and May

TOKYO —

Japan Airlines (JAL) has requested for approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to maintain the fuel surcharges applied on all international passenger tickets issued between April 1 and May 31.

JAL sets fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel. The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two month period of December 2012 and January 2013 averaged $126.51 per barrel. For example, from April to May 2013, it will range from 2,200 yen on a Japan-Korea ticket to 23,500 yen on a Japan-U.S. ticket per person per sector flown, on tickets purchased in Japan. 

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    Kimokekahuna Hawaii

    I think it is fine to charge more because JAL provides exceptional service and I do not mind paying more ... but I would suggest that JAL then offer some kind of value added service to its passengers. It is not that hard.. for example on flights to Hawaii. every incoming passenger should be greeted with a real flower lei.. like in the old days.. this costs $1 if contracted with the lei stands who definitely need business.. it has a much greater value.. and a smile is worth a lot these days. Another idea is to offer free coffee/tea even food in the waiting area for international flights.. or some kind of contest sponsored by third party marketing partners who can provide entertainment pre and during the flight. Let people win free airline tickets or free downloads of mp3 songs on Itunes.. put a standing bar in the back by the toilets, something that improves long flights. There are creative ways to enhance the travel experience that do not cost the airline one yen.. and will at least compensate somewhat the surcharges for fuel/bags.

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