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I really don't get the airline industry, I guess it is a high risk business, which is sensitive to cost changes and in particular fuel, as well as being sensitive to the economic downturn.

JAL are a very good airline to fly with (really good staff and excellent food), but last time I checked London Tokyo business class was about £10k, so a lot of people use Emirates via Dubai which is about £1200 if booked in advance.

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I really don't get the airline industry, I guess it is a high risk business, which is sensitive to cost changes and in particular fuel, as well as being sensitive to the economic downturn.

JAL are a very good airline to fly with (really good staff and excellent food), but last time I checked London Tokyo business class was about £10k, so a lot of people use Emirates via Dubai which is about £1200 if booked in advance.

Unlike BA and other EU carriers, Japan is not bound by anti-unfair advantage competition EU rules which ban direct government bail-outs, so I see that Japan is stepping in with state aid to save the airline.

Meanwhile, our large european carriers are stuffed! As doomed as Hitler in the Bunker.

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Unlike BA and other EU carriers, Japan is not bound by anti-unfair advantage competition EU rules which ban direct government bail-outs, so I see that Japan is stepping in with state aid to save the airline.

Meanwhile, our large european carriers are stuffed! As doomed as Hitler in the Bunker.

Oh yes, JAL will be bailed out. Going back ten years, foreignors were not even allowed to buy shares in the company though this may have changed now. JAL is part of Japan's national security system.(written or not)

But can they afford it?.....er yes.

Only went on JAL once and got bumped up to club class. Worth every penny. Good grub.

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JAL are forced by the Japanese government to fly local routes between all the barely-used airports that have been built over the last decade with stimulus money.

Large parts of the Japanese economy are quite simply a shell game.

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