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JAL - Japan Airlines

The Japanese flag carrier JAL is one of the biggest airlines in the World and is a major player in the Asian market, especially on Pacific and East-Asian routes...

According to certain criteria, JAL - Japan Airlines is considered to be Asia's largest airline.

2 companies operated under the same (JAL) brand until they merged into the same brand, JAL - Japan Airlines International: Japan Airlines International and Japan Airlines Domestic were the 2 firms. As their names reflect, the first one operated primarily international flights, the other intra-Japan ones. However, Japan Airlines International also flew on a few domestic routes.

Today, the newly-formed JAL Corporation operates under the brand JAL.

Read below to find out more about this company...


Fact sheet


 General company information...

Official name: 

Japan Airlines - 日本航空 (Japanese)



IATA designator:


ICAO designator:



Tokyo, Japan


One World Alliance



Narita International Airport - Tokyo, Japan

Haneda International Airport - Tokyo, Japan

Kansai International Airport - Osaka, Japan

Osaka International Airport - Osaka, Japan

Focus cities, regions,

secondary hubs:

Chubu Centrair International Airport

Number of destinations:


 Fleet & flights-related...

Fleet size:

232 (+75 orders)

Aircraft types used:

Airbus A300

Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 767, Boeing 777

McDonnell-Douglas MD-81, McDonnell-Douglas MD-87, McDonnell-Douglas MD-90-30

Accidents & incidents:

Total: 5 - Fatal cases: 2


Number of passengers:




Frequent flyer program:

JAL Mileage Bank

Other important issues:

- the company has had 2 hijack cases, both by the Japanese Red Army, both ended without tragedy




JAL flies to 125 destinations, which are expected to be extended as the fleet is expecting 75 new aircraft to enter into service.

JAL serves primarily Asian and US destinations, few European ones. It is one of the few Asian carriers to fly to Latin America: Mexico and Brazil.

The airline has eliminated its flights to Hawaii recently, due to low income on those routes.




The company's fleet is not among the most modern ones in the World. 75 new aircraft have been ordered by JAL primarily in order to replace its McDonell-Douglas planes and the older Boeings.

Over 40 Boeing 747s were disposed of among other types (mainly MDs). One of the former JAL "Jumbo Jets" was acquired by NASA as a shuttle-carrier aircraft.

JAL has showed interest in the Airbus A380 "Super Jumbo", but no orders have been made yet.


Activity & market position


JAL has strong presence in Asia and the USA, however, not so much in Europe and the Middle East.

The Japan Airlines Corporation owns several subsidized companies.


JAL's subsidized companies


Hokkaido Air system

JAL Express



Japan Air Commuter

Japan Asia Airways

Transocean Air


Partnerships & alliances


JAL has joined the One World Alliance on April 1st, 2007. It is now part of the second largest strategic airline alliance.


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 Last modified/updated: April 3, 2007


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