Tokyo - Japan Airlines is doing better with higher fuel bills than its competitor All Nippon Airways. Thanks to its tight cost structure, JAL was able to make an operating profit of $227 million in the 2nd quarter.

JAL now wants to get involved in even a more profitable business in the market. The airline is preparing to launch TBL in the summer of 2020.

TBL will offer passengers cheap tickets on long-haul routes within Asia, to Europe, and America. Two Boeing 787-8 have already been converted to accommodate 300 passengers in a single class configuration.

Japan Airlines now is testing the business with cheap long-distance tickets with these aircraft for its future long-haul low-cost subsidiary TBL.

The regular JAL 787-8s have 186 seats, but the planes configured with a premium economy class have only 161 seats.

The long-haul, low-cost business in Asia has so far been dominated by Malaysian carrier Air Asia X and the Singapore Airlines subsidiary Scoot.