JAL’s First Cargo-Only Aircraft in 13 Years Arrives at Narita – 767-300ER Modified, ‘JAL CARGO’ Logo Displayed on Aircraft

JAL Cargo 767-300BCF

Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun operations of a modified Boeing 767-300ER dedicated for cargo (registration: JA653J), which arrived at Narita Airport on the afternoon of January 17th, from Singapore where the aircraft modifications were carried out.

JAL has converted three of its Boeing 767-300ER aircraft into dedicated cargo planes (Boeing 767-300BCF) in anticipation of the so-called logistics industry’s 2024 problem, where regulations will limit overtime for truck drivers, thereby enhancing its transport capacity to meet logistics demand. JAL withdrew from the operation of dedicated cargo aircraft in late October 2010 following its bankruptcy earlier that year, making this re-entry approximately 13 years since.

The Boeing 767-300BCF can carry 24 pallets (up to 32 tons) in the upper cargo bay and 3 pallets and 9 containers (up to 16 tons) in the lower cargo bay. Its range covers up to 10,460 kilometers.

JA653J is the first aircraft to complete the modification. It features the same white fuselage with the Tsurumaru livery as passenger jets but sports the ‘JAL CARGO’ logo at the front of the aircraft. The flight to Japan, JL8160, departed from Paya Lebar in Singapore around 8:30 AM local time on January 17th, and arrived at Tokyo/Narita around 4:30 PM on the same day.

Initially, the service will be based in Tokyo/Narita and Nagoya/Chubu, flying routes to Seoul/Incheon, Shanghai/Pudong, and Taipei/Taoyuan. In the future, JAL plans to increase utilization by also operating on domestic routes, aim for maximizing cargo load efficiency, and adapt to customer needs with charter and extra flights as required.

JAL Cargo 767-300BCF

■Flight Schedule
JL6719 Tokyo/Narita (15:50) to Taipei/Taoyuan (18:55) / Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
JL6718 Taipei/Taoyuan (21:00) to Nagoya/Chubu (00:40+1) / Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
JL6749 Nagoya/Chubu (02:10) to Seoul/Incheon (04:25) / Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
JL6750 Seoul/Incheon (05:55) to Tokyo/Narita (08:15) / Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
JL6783 Tokyo/Narita (22:00) to Nagoya/Chubu (23:20) / Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
JL6783 Nagoya/Chubu (00:40) to Shanghai/Pudong (02:40) / Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
JL6784 Shanghai/Pudong (04:15) to Tokyo/Narita (08:10) / Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
JL6785 Tokyo/Narita (22:55) to Shanghai/Pudong (01:40+1) / Sat

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