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1981- 1990 国際化の時代History of JAL


1981




1.31
  Achieved the fight safety record of over 1 million hours since the Bandai-go accident in July 1971

2.2   First DC9-81 (JA8458) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).

3.1   A300 entered service on the Tokyo-Kagoshima route, and DC9-81 entered service on the Tokyo-Misawa route.

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5.15   Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the company.

10.1   Introduced “TDA Flight Call,” a communications/operations system.



1982




3.11

Completed construction of a large hangar at Haneda.

6.25

Reached the total of 1 million passengers flown on A300 aircraft (flight 101 to Sapporo)

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7.21

Operated mystery flights “Arcadia-go” from Haneda Airport to undisclosed destinations (DC9-31 and YS-11)

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10.2

The Emperor of Japan used TDA for the first time on a special flight from Tokyo to Izumo to attend the 37th Shimane National Sports Festival.


1983




6.28

Isamu Tanaka was appointed Chairman, and Toshihiko Kubota, President.

7.1

Japan Air Commuter Co., Ltd. was established as a joint venture with 14 local municipalities of Kagoshima Prefecture.

12.10

Transferred four Amami island routes to Japan Air Commuter.

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1984




1.29

The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan boarded scheduled flight 138 from Kushiro to Tokyo after attending the 39th National Sports Festival Winter Games held at Kushiro City.

9.1

Carried more than 1 million passengers in a month for the first time in August. (1,023, 159 passengers)

10.13

The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan boarded scheduled flight 231 from Tokyo to Hanamaki to attend the 8th National Tree-Planting Festival in Iwate Prefecture (returned on flight 234 Hanamaki-Tokyo on 10.15)


1985




1.30

Decided to adopt 3 rainbow colors (red, blue, yellow) as the livery for MD-81.

3.17

Started helicopter flights to Tsukuba Science Exposition (Haneda-Tsukuba, Haneda-Narita, Narita- Tsukuba - until 9.16)

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4.12

First MD-81 (JA8496) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).

5.1

MD-81 entered service on the Tokyo-Obihiro and Tokyo-Misawa routes.

9.5

Started “TDA Rainbow Service,” an air parcel service.

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1986




4.2

First A300-B4 (JA8237) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).

9.19

Operated first international charter flight from Osaka to Seoul using DC9-81.

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1987




3.23

TDA’s shares were made available on the over-the-counter market.

4.27

Joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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6.25

Takeshi Mashima was appointed President.

11.1

Introduced “Sky Call,” a comprehensive information system.


1988




1.29

The number of passengers in 1987 reached 10 million for the first time.

3.10

Opened Seoul Branch and Narita Airport Branch.

4.1

Changed company name from Toa Domestic Airline to Japan Air System Co., Ltd.

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4.8

First DC10-30 (JA8550) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).

6.9

First MD-87 (JA8278) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).

6.16

MD-87 entered service on the Tokyo-Obihiro route.

6.27

Decided to pay dividends for the first time at 25th General Shareholders’ Meeting.

7.1

Introduced the first international scheduled flights on the Narita-Seoul route using A300, operating 5 round-trip flights a week. Published bimonthly in-flight magazine ARCAS.

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7.23

Inaugurated the Tokyo-Okinawa route using DC10-30 and A300.

10.1

New uniforms introduced for stewardesses and ground staff.

12.1

Introduced jets on former YS-11 routes at Osaka Airport, Osaka-AmamiOshima and Osaka-Aomori routes.


1989




3.13

Received the “A300 Operational Excellence Award” for 1987-1988 from Airbus Industries.

5.20

The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded a special flight from Tokyo to Tokushima to attend the 40th National Tree Planting Festival. (returned on 5.21)

8.1

Opened Singapore Branch.

10.1

Computer system was linked with JR MARS system. Started selling tickets at JR Reservation and Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi).


1990




2.3

Launched the Tokyo (Narita)-Singapore route using DC10-30 with 2 round-trips a week.

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7.21

The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded a special flight from Tokyo to Aomori to attend the 10th National Convention for the Development of an Abundantly Productive Sea held at Aomori Prefecture. (returned on 7.23)

7.31

Moved JAS headquarters from Mori Building No. 18 to Mori Building No. 37.





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