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2001-Mar.2004History of JAL



JAL establishes JAL Cargo Sales Co., Ltd, accompanied by the spinning off of the sales section of cargo department to be a separate company.


A near miss accident occures with JL907 from Tokyo(Haneda) to Okinawa and JL958 from Pusan to Tokyo(Narita). 5 passengers are seriously injured and 37 passengers are slightly injured.


JAL Trading Co., Ltd. changes its company name to JALUX Co., Ltd.


JAL Sales Network, passenger sales subsidiary company, and JAL Cargo Sales, cargo sales subsidiary company, commence nationwide business.

Simultaneous multiple terrorism affair occurres in U.S., giving a heavy blow to international flight operation especially to U.S. routes.

Japan Airlines celebrates the 50th anniversary.

Introduced "JAL Bargain Fair," a new area-specific discount fare for advance purchase.

Introduced "JAL Business Saver," official discount fares for executive class passengers on international flights.

Aircrafts on international routes are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AED) and electrocardiogram monitors to bolster cabin emergency systems.


Formal research into the establishment of a joint-stock corporation between Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. and Japan Air Systems Co. Ltd. is announced.


The new Skysleeper 'Solo' based on human engineering theory and designed to make long flights pass more comfortably, is introduced on First Class on Tokyo=New York route. This new seat has been awarded Japan's top design prize, the 2002 Good Design Award sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Council (JIDC.)


AGP, the company that supplies airports and aircrafts with electricity, air-conditioning and heating lists on the JASDAQ with a capital of 2 billion, 38 million, 750 thousand yen and an issue of 13 million, 950 thousand shares.

Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. and Japan Air System Co. Ltd. agree on stocks move percentage rates.



In response to the variety of cargo such as precise machines and tools, works of art and live goods termed 'Special Freight', 'J-Products 2002', which subdivides the list of articles for international freight into 4 new categories, goes on sale.

JAL launches the Nagoya=Shanghai route.


The new and powerful B767-300ER aircraft (JA601J) makes its maiden flight on Tokyo(Narita)=Seoul route.


JAL launches the Tokyo(Narita)=Amoi route, the 7th service into China, operated using the B767 aircraft 3 round trips a week.


JAL launches the Tokyo(Narita)=Hanoi route.


The Tokyo(Haneda)=Okayama (3 round trips a day), Tokyo(Haneda)=Yamaguchi Ube (1 round trip a day) and the Tokyo(Haneda)=Toyama (1 round trip a day) routes are established.

Joined WOW, an international cargo alliance comprising three companies - Lufthansa Cargo, SAS Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo.


The new style JAL Shell Flat Seat' is introduced on 'Executive Class SEASONS' between Tokyo(Narita) and London. By the end of fiscal year 2003, JAL introduced the seat on 16 aircraft serving the leading European and Transpacific routes. This seat won the Japanese Good Design Award for 2003 in the product design category of the top Japanese design award program sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Council (JIDC.)


The first high performance twin engine new and improved B777-200ER (JA701J) design makes its maiden flight between Tokyo(Narita) and Peking.


An integrated Japan Airlines (JAL) / Japan Air System (JAS) timetable is produced for flight schedules of Oct 2002 onwards.

Announcement of new JAL Group logo.


It is decided to introduce the B777-300 aircraft and the B747-400F aircraft to succeed the B747-100SR aircraft and B747-200F aircraft respectively.

Japan Airlines System is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock markets before the inauguration of the new JAL Group, which encompasses the JAS Group.

Japan Airlines System Corporation (Head office: 2-15-1, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo), a joint holding company for JAL & JAS, is established with Isao Kaneko as JAL Group CEO. Corporate policy for the new JAL Group is also established.

JAL Sales Co., Ltd (formerly known as JAL Sales Network, JAL's sales company) is established to handle the sales and marketing of airline tickets and travel products in Japan of both JAL and JAS.

The first international route automatic check-in machine (i-SCM) in Japan begins operation at Narita Airport to simplify international flight boarding procedures and mitigate against rush hour congestion.


A reception to celebrate the completion of the painted plane with the JAL Group new design is held at the JAS M2 hanger. It is decided to standardize the design with 'The Arc of the Sun' as the key feature on each aircraft belonging to the companies of the new JAL Group.




To commemorate the integration of JAL and JAS, special flights called 'Club Tourism' are operated to see the new year's first sunrise. (2 with B767 aircraft from Haneda and 1 with DC10 from Kansai).



JAL starts services between Narita and Xian, Kunming, Guangzhou and between Nagoya and Shanghai as code-share flights operated by JAS.


JAL begins 5 times weekly service between Fukuoka and Shanghai with B767 aircraft.


JAL and China Eastern Airlines introduce 4 round-trips a week freighter code-share flight service between Tokyo(Narita) and Shanghai. two round-trip each with JAL flying a B747-200F freighter and China Eastern operating a MD11 freighter).


The Osaka(Kansai)=Kunming service is introduced as code-share flights operated by JAS (2 services a week, A300-600 aircraft).

4.1   The Osaka(Kansai)=Guangzhou service is introduced as code-share flights operated by JAS (2 services a week, A300-600 aircraft).

4.1   JAL and JAS revise their domestic schedules to eliminate duplicate flights on the same routes at the same time.

4.1   Japan Airlines System Corporation takes direct control of two subsidiary companies, JAL Sales Co., Ltd. and JAL Capital Co., Ltd., formerly subsidiaries of Japan Airlines.

4.1   New domestic tour wholesale company JAL Tours Co., Ltd is established with the merger of JAL Story Co., Ltd. and JAS Nice Wing Co., Ltd.

4.1   JAL Group's new in-flight magazine 'Skyward' is first published.


4.5   1 round-trip freighter service a week between Tokyo(Narita)=Xiamen operated by a B747F freighter is introduced.

4.26   The JAL Group introduces a new domestic discount fare 'Time Discount.'

5.23   JAL TV, collaborating with NTT, distributes an hour real-time program titled 'Gifts on the Wings of Spring Wind' via Internet.

6.1   An international Executive class new fare 'JAL Business Saver Spouse fare' is introduced.

6.7   As JAL is one of the official airlines, the decal of official mascots of the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan is on JAL's B767-300 aircraft. The aircraft will be operated until the EXPO finishes.

6.12   JAL Foundation develops a new recycling system by which polyethylene sheet used for protection of cargo can be recycled into polyethylene sheet again. 25% of the sheeting used at Narita Airport is recycled.


6.25   A B747-400 aircraft called 'Matsui Jet' which decorated with Hideki Matsui's face enters service from Tokyo (Haneda) to Komatsu (till 30JAN,2004.) Another aircraft, a JAS A300-600 has also Matsui decoration from 18JUL to 18DEC.

6.26   Japan Airlines System Corporation holds the first annual general meeting of shareholders at Hotel New Otani.

7.14   JALCARGO's time sensitive 'J SPEED' express cargo service is upgraded.

7.31   The settlement of accounts and check-in procedures of domestic tickets through cellular phones are first started at airports in Japan.


9.1   A new domestic fare 'Special Discount 7 (seven),' requiring reservations 7 days prior to departure, is introduced.

10.1   JAL's website is renewed combining the JAL and JAS homepages.

11.2   Sapporo=Shanghai service is introduced as code-share flights operated by China Eastern Airlines (MU). (3 times a week with A320 aircraft).

11.25   The head office of Japan Airlines System Corporation is relocated to JAL Building, 2-4-11, Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.

11.30   One daily round-trip charter service between Haneda and Gimpo is introduced, which is operated by B767-300 aircraft.


    The aircraft of the 1st flight carried the 'Yokoso! Japan' logo of Visit Japan Campaign by MLIT.




A new Japanese law prohibiting disruptive conduct and unruly behavior on board aircraft comes into force.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first international scheduled flight, JAL prepared two aircraft with unique commemorative liveries. Their operation is until 25SEP.



JALUX Inc. is listed on 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


Two JAL cabin attendants are selected as members of national basketball team in the Athens Olympics.


JAL's New route Tokyo(Narita)=Hangzhou is inaugurated. (Kansai=Hangzhou route is started on March 31.)

4.1   JAL/JAS integration is completed. Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., headed by President Katsuo Haneda, becomes Japan Airlines International handling international passenger operations and cargo business. Japan Air System Co., Ltd., headed by President Mitsuo Komatsubara, becomes Japan Airlines Domestic in charge of domestic passenger operations.