Celebrated the 30th anniversary of the company's foundation.
On this day JAS reached the total of 4 million passengers carried on international scheduled flights in the 13th year since the inauguration of international flights.
Held JAS Bird Picture Contest to commemorate 30th anniversary, and operated “JAS Friendly Bird-go”, aircraft painted with the winning picture of JAS Bird Picture Contest.
JAL and JAS announced reaching a basic agreement to establish a joint holding company on the premise of integrating businesses and to start concrete studies.
Launched the Narita-Kunming route using A300-600R 2 round trips per week
Started one daily round-trip flight between Narita and Shanghai using A300-600R.
An integrated Japan Airlines (JAL)/Japan Air System (JAS) timetable was produced for flight schedules of October 2002 onwards.
Announcement of new JAL Group logo.
Japan Airlines System (JALS) was listed on the Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya stock markets before inauguration of the new JAL Group, which encompassed the JAS Group.
Japan Airlines System (Head Office 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo), a joint holding company for JAL and JAS, was established with Isao Kaneko as JAL Group CEO. Corporate policy for the new JAL Group was also established.
JAL Sales Co., Ltd., JAL Group’s passenger sales company (formerly known as JAL Sales Network. JAS passenger sales section is transferred.) was established.
A reception to celebrate the completion of a plane painted with the new JAL Group design was held at JAS M2 hangar. It was 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.
JAL and JAS restructured their domestic route networks.
New domestic tour wholesale company JAL Tours Co., Ltd. was established with the merger of JAL Story Co., Ltd. and JAS Nice Wing Co., Ltd.
JAL Group’s new in-flight magazine “Skyward” was first published.
Minoru Morikawa was appointed President of JAS.
The JAS headquarters moved from Haneda Maintenance Center 1 to the Tennozu JAL Building.
The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded a special flight to attend the 50th anniversary of the return of Amami Islands to Japan (〜11.17)
JALS headquarters moved to JAL Building (4-11 2-chome Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)
Maintenance Division, Dock Maintenance Hangar at Haneda acquired ISO14001 certification.
JAL changed the company name to Japan Airlines International (Katsuo Haneda as President) and JAS became Japan Airlines Domestic (Mitsuo Komatsubara as President), forming the framework for JAL/JAS integration.