History of Aircraft
History of JAL
History of Uniforms





1981-1990 The High-Tech AgeHistory of JAL


1971


 JAL

1.8


Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Zenko Suzuki to visit the five ASEAN countries (returned January 20).


2.26


Operated chartered flight from Nagasaki to Rome via Anchorage to bring Pope John Paul II back to Italy.

2.27


Operated chartered flight for the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to visit Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Singapore (returned March 7).
5.4


Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister Suzuki to visit the US (returned May 10).
6.9
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister Suzuki to visit Europe (returned June 21).
7.18
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister Suzuki to attend the economic summit of leading industrial countries in Ottawa (returned July 25).
7.26
Operated chartered flight for the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to attend the wedding of Prince Charles of the United Kingdom (returned August 2).
10.1
JAL's 30th anniversary.



 Transportation and Society

1.20 Ronald Reagan became the 40th US president.

4.12 First flight of the US Space Shuttle Columbia.

8.25 Haneda Airport's 50th anniversary.



1972




2.9


Flight 350 crashes near Haneda.

7.19


IATA announced the 1981 World Air Transport Statistics. JAL ranked third worldwide in scheduled international operations (first in the cargo segment).

9.2

Issued JAL Card (accepted from October 1, 1982).

11.9

Transported panda, Fei Fei, from the Beijing Zoo.

12.12

B747 entered service with Japan Asia Airways on the Japan - Taiwan route.





6.23


Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) began service.

11.15
Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) began service.


1973





1.11


Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone to visit South Korea.

1.17


Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister Nakasone to visit the US.

3.10
Operated chartered flight for the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to make official visits to Europe and Africa.
4.1
JAL launched the Tokyo(Narita) = Chicago route via Seattle(Boeing747LR).
4.30
Operated first chartered flight with a DC10 for Prime Minister Nakasone to tour ASEAN countries.
9.29
Established new models B767-200 and B767-300.
11.30
First B747-300 (B747-SUD) arrived at Narita Airport (entered service on Pacific routes from December 15).
12.24
DC8 aircraft retired from service on domestic routes.




11.9


US President Reagan visited Japan through November 12.



1974




2.2


Celebrated 30th anniversary of international service.

2.25

Operated chartered flight for the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to visit Africa.

3.23   Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone to visit China.

4.30
Operated chartered flight (DC10) for Prime Minister Nakasone to visit Southwest Asia.

6.18
JAL ranked first worldwide in IATA's 1983 statistics on scheduled international operations.

8.20
Set new single day record of 47,365 passengers on domestic routes.

12.22
Transported blankets to Ethiopia for a good will aid program.
illustration6





6.23


 Approximately six years after its opening, the number of international passengers at Narita Airport surpassed 50 million.

7.28
Opening ceremonies at the Los Angeles Olympics. With participants from 140 countries, this was the largest Olympic Games.

11.6
US President Reagan reelected by an overwhelming margin.

12.19
Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher signed a formal agreement for Hong Kong's return.



1975




1.1


Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone to visit the US (returned January 5).

2.4
Received 50th B747 from Boeing. Established a memorial scholarship fund for students studying about Japan in the US with a grant of $50,000 from Boeing. Established "Japan Airlines Day" on February 4, 1985 in Seattle, Washington.

2.23
Operated chartered flight for the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan to visit Europe (returned March 9).

4.29
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone to attend a summit meeting at Koln.

8.12
JA8119 flight 123 crashed.

8.12
JAL's first B767 (JA8232), scheduled to enter service in November, arrived at Haneda from Boeing in Seattle.

illustration6
10.19
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister Nakasone to attend the UN General Assembly (returned October 26).




2.9


Japan and the Soviet Union negotiated an aviation agreement that permitted JAL direct flights to Europe to fly through Soviet air space. This cut travel time to Europe by two and a half hours.

4.30
Japan and the US negotiated an aviation agreement that recognized the entry of new Japanese and US companies (All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines) through the opening of new routes.


1976




3.1


Introduced JAL Super Seat on B747-SR aircraft flying domestic routes.

4.2
Began direct flights to Chicago.
Began direct flights to Europe (London - Tokyo; Tokyo - Paris on April 5).

4.19
Shigenobu Motoi named grand prize designer of new flight attendant uniforms.

7.2
Began service to Atlanta.

9.24
DC8 cargo planes retired from scheduled service.





4.29


Commemorated the 60th year of the reign of the Emperor of Japan.

5.8
Prince Charles and Princess Diana of the United Kingdom visited Japan until May 13.


1977




6.6


Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Yasuhiro Nakasone to attend the Venice Summit (returned June 14).

11.18
JAL was completely privatized with the Law to Repeal the Japan Airlines Law taking effect.

illustration9
12.29
Retired final B727 after a chartered flight between Guam and Kumamoto.

12.31
Retired final DC8 after flight 958 from Pusan to Narita Airport (in operation for 27 years from August 1960).





1.27


Groundbreaking ceremony for Kansai International Airport.

4.1
Inauguration and commencement of operations of the seven JR group railway companies.

10.22
Japanese government decided to use two B747-400 as dedicated government aircraft.



1978




1.14


Announced the hiring of 113 non-Japanese female flight attendants (70 British, 22 West Germans, and 21 from Singapore).

illustration9

3.25
Announced "Wings of Dreams" program.

illustration9
6.16
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Noboru Takeshita to attend the Toronto Summit (returned June 26).

8.21
Set a new single day record of 29,998 passengers on international routes arriving and departing Japan.

8.22
Set a new single day record of 49,207 passengers on domestic routes.





1.26


Boeing publicly announced the completion of its latest long distance jumbo jet, the B747-400.

3.13

Work began on the Seikan Tunnel (53.9km).

4.10
Opening of the Seto Bridge.

7.2
Commenced service of new Runway A at Haneda Airport.

9.17
Seoul Olympics held through October 2.

11.8
US presidential election. Republican Vice President Bush was elected the 41st president.



1979




1.1



New uniforms introduced for female flight attendants and ground staff.

illustration10

1.31
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Noboru Takeshita to visit the US (returned February 7).

5.29
Debuted first aircraft with new aircraft painting design at Haneda Airport.

7.12
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Sosuke Uno to attend a summit (returned July 18).

8.30
Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Toshiki Kaifu to visit the US, Mexico, and Canada (returned September 10).





9.14


US Congress passed smoking legislation for domestic passenger flights.



1980




1.31


Japan Creative Tours changed the name of JAL Jet Plan to JAL Story.

2.14

First B747-400 (JA8071) arrived at Narita Airport.

illustration10

4.1

B747-400 entered service on the Tokyo - Seoul, Tokyo - Fukuoka, and Tokyo - Okinawa routes.

7.6

Operated chartered flight for Prime Minister of Japan Toshiki Kaifu to attend the Houston Summit (returned July 15).

7.21
Began Tokyo - Hiroshima route (one flight per day; B767).

illustration10

8.14
Announced major increase in the number of entirely non-smoking domestic routes. On October 1, JAL banned smoking on 13 routes with flight times under two hours.

9.19
Operated rescue planes (B747) at the request of the International Organization for Migration in order to transport refugees in the wake of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

illustration10

10.5
Established Japan Air Charter.

illustration10

12.9
Operated the first rescue flight chartered by the Japanese government to transport Japanese citizens from Iraq.

12.12
Operated the first rescue flight chartered by the Japanese government to transport Japanese citizens from Iraq.





10.3


German unification. Berlin becomes capital of the new Germany.

11.29
Japan's Ministry of Transport announced that 10 million Japanese were traveling overseas in a single year.










RETURN