Japan Airlines – Fly into tomorrow
Japan Airlines, is the largest airline company in Japan and operates from its hub at Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport. Kansai International Airport and Itami Airport are the secondary hubs of the airline. Chubu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya), Fukuoka Airport, Naha Airport and New Chitose Airport are the main focus cities of the airline. J-Air, JAL Express, Japan Air Commuter, Japan Transocean Air and Ryukyu Air Commuter are the subsidiaries of Japan Ailines and the members of Oneworld airline alliance. Japan Airlines is currently an official sponsor of Japan Football Association, Japan national football team, Shimizu S-Pulse and Consadole Sapporo.
Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. came into existence on 1 August 1951 by the Government of Japan. On 1 August 1953, the Diet of Japan passed the Japan Air Lines Company Act and a new state-owned Japan Air Lines was formed on 1st October. The airline began operation of international flights from 2nd February 1954. Jet Era for the airline began in 1960 when the airline took delivery of its first jet, a Douglas DC-8 named Fuji. In 2001, Japan Air System and Japan Airlines agreed to merge and thus formed the sixth largest airline in the world by passengers carried. Following the merger, both the companies operated under JAL trademark till 1st October 2006 when both of them merged into a single brand, Japan Airlines International.
The current fleet of Japan Airline has a fleet of 162 aircrafts, a mixture of narrow- and wide-body aircraft. The average age of the fleet is 8.5 years, as of January 2015. JAL ordered A350 aircraft on 7 October 2013 (18 -900 and 13 -1000 firm orders, plus 25 options) and the order marks the first time JAL has ordered aircraft directly from Airbus. JAL Mileage Bank and JAL Global Club is the frequent flyer programme of the airline.
Japan Airline has been an integral part of Japan’s aviation growth story for which it has gained many recognition.
· Nominated for 2014 Asia's Leading Airline, 2014 Asia's Leading Airline - Business Class, 2014 Asia's Leading Airline - Economy Class and 2014 Asia's Leading Airline - First Class by World Travel Awards
· Japan Airlines wins World Savers Award in airline category by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, 2009
· Won Award for ‘Best Business Class Airline Seat’ 2013 at Skytrax Awards.
Routes and Destinations
JAL group operations include scheduled and non-scheduled international and domestic passenger and cargo services to 220 destinations in 35 countries worldwide. The airline has codeshare agreement with 16 airline and joint business agreements with 12 of Oneworld members.
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