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1971


 JAL

2.12


First long range version of the Boeing 747 arrived at Tokyo International Airport.


9.27


Operated chartered flight to Europe for the Emperor and Empress of Japan (returned October 14).

10.1


JAL's 20th anniversary.

11.1


Opened Napa flight crew training facility.

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 Transportation and Society

7.16 Announcement of President Nixon's visit to China.

11.10 US Senate ratified the agreement to return Okinawa. Japanese House of Representatives ratified the agreement on the 24th.

12.18 The Smithsonian Agreement to realign currencies was concluded at a 10-country meeting of finance ministers held in Washington, DC. New exchange rate set at $1 = \308.



1972




2.2


Operated chartered flight to bring former Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi back to Japan from Guam.

4.1

Began service to New York via Anchorage (DC8-62).

4.3

B747 was deploged to the polar route route to Paris via Amsterdam.

5.15

Incorporated the Okinawa route into domestic network with the return of Okinawa to Japan.

8.1

B747 entered service on the Tokyo - Okinawa route. (The first time this aircraft was used for domestic flights.)

9.25

Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Kakuei Tanaka during the negotiations to restore diplomatic ties between Japan and China (returned on September 30).

10.28

Operated chartered flight to transport two giant pandas, Kan Kan and Ran Ran.

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5.15


Restoration of administrative rights over Okinawa. Establishment of Okinawa Prefecture.

8.26
20th Olympic Games held in Munich through September 10.


1973





7.21


Flight 404 (B747, JA8109) from Amsterdam Airport was hijacked shortly after takeoff. The aircraft was destroyed by a bomb on July 24 at Benghazi Airport.

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10.18


JAL was designated as the official airlines of the Okinawa Ocean Expo.





10.16


Six Persian Gulf countries declared a 21% increase in crude oil prices (first oil crisis), and on October 17, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) decided to cut oil production and restrict oil supply.



1974




1.31


JAL announced that it would cut 94 domestic round trip flights due to the oil crisis.

4.21

Suspended Japan - Taiwan routes after flight 704, owing to measures by Taiwanese authorities to suspend service between Japan and Taiwan. Discontinued Taipei FIR flights at the same time.

10.1   B747F cargo aircraft entered service on the Tokyo - San Francisco - New York route. The aircraft had a load capacity of approximately 100 tons, more than twice the DC8's 35-40 ton capacity.

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10.31
Ceremony to retire the JA8001, Japan's first passenger jet. The aircraft was used for maintenance training starting in November.





4.20


 Signing of civil air transportation agreement between Japan and China in Beijing.
With the suspension of air routes between Japan and Taiwan by Taiwanese authorities, China Airlines (Taiwan) discontinued operations in Japan and changed its Pacific route via Tokyo to via Guam.

8.8
US President Nixon resigned. Vice President Ford became the 38th US president on August 9.


1975




7.17


Operated chartered flight from Tokyo to Okinawa for the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to attend the Okinawa Ocean Expo (returned on July 19).

7.21
JAL scholarship fund established to aid students in Asia.

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8.3
Set new single day record of 33,106 passengers on domestic routes.

9.15
First flight of Japan Asia Airways from Tokyo to Taipei (returned on October 14).

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4.30


Vietnam War ends with the fall of Saigon.



1976




4.16


First air transport of 58 cattles using "park loading" system from Moses Lake to Haneda.

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7.1
DC10 entered service on the Tokyo - Sapporo and Tokyo - Fukuoka routes.

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11.20
Implemented physical fitness test for the first time as part of the employment exam for flight attendants.





1.21


First Concorde aircraft entered scheduled service (Air France: Paris - Rio de Janeiro; British Airways: London - Bahrain).

7.17
21st Olympic Games held in Montreal through August 1.
11.2
Both the UK and France decided to discontinue production of the Concorde (total of 16 aircraft produced).


1977




4.1


Changed name of JAL Tokusen Ryoko to Nikko Jet Plan, and transferred service to Japan Creative Tours.
DC10 entered service on route to New York via Anchorage.
Made Tokyo - Singapore route a direct flight (DC8-61).

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5.19
Large aircraft entered service at Osaka International Airport (JAL B747SR, ANA L1011).

8.7
Set new single day record of 34,785 passengers on domestic routes (consecutive record-breaking days from August 3 to August 5).

8.15
Set new single day record of 11,030 passengers on international routes.





1.20


Jimmy Carter became the 39th US president.

11.22
Both British Airways and Air France began scheduled Concorde service from London and Paris to New York's JFK Airport.


1978




1.10


B747F entered service on Tokyo - Hong Kong route.
B747F entered service on Tokyo - Hamburg - Frankfurt route (code sharing flight with Lufthansa Airlines).

6.7
Reached a total of 100 million domestic and international passengers since company founding.





5.20


Opening of New Tokyo International Airport (Narita).

8.12

Signing of Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty (Beijing).



1979




3.26



Completed Emergency Training Center (EVAC-1) at Haneda.

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8.11
Set new single day records of 41,171 passengers on domestic routes and 14,792 passengers on international routes.





5.4


Margaret Thatcher, head of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party, became the first female prime minister of an advanced industrial country.

6.28

 

10.11

The number of international passengers at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita) reached 10 million.



1980




2.14


The 550-seat B747SR (world's largest seating capacity) entered service on the Tokyo - Okinawa route.

7.12

B747F sets record for cargo load at 109.5 tons on flight from Narita to New York.

8.17

Set new single day record of 44,498 passengers on domestic routes.

10.12

Set new single day record of 16,275 passengers on international routes.





5.9


The Prime Minister's Office issued the 1979 White Paper on Tourism.
The number of Japanese traveling overseas in a single year surpassed 4 million for the first time.











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