Celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the company.
Introduced scheduled services on the Tokyo (Narita)-Honolulu route using DC10-30 2 round-trip flights a week.
First A300-600R (JA8375) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).
Opened pilot training center in Napa, California, USA.
The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded scheduled flight 361 from Tokyo to Nagasaki to visit areas devastated by the eruption of Unzenfugendake in Nagasaki Prefecture.
A300-600R entered service on the Tokyo-Sapporo and Tokyo-Aomori routes.
Name for flight attendants was changed from “stewardess” to “cabin attendant.”
Ended 40 years of helicopter business.
The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded a special flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka to attend the 43rd National Tree Planting Festival in Fukuoka Prefecture. (returned on 5.13)
Introduced a new information system. Processing capability increased two-fold after release of check-in system, etc. Developed comprehensive domestic passenger system and domestic cargo system.
Operated one daily round-trip flight between Sapporo and Kushiro from January 17 to 26 to assist relief operations of the Kushiro offshore earthquake disaster.
DC9-41 (JA8448) flight 451 from Nagoya to Hanamaki was damaged by fire due to hard landing at Hanamaki Airport. Total 77 persons on board (72 passengers, 5 crew). 2 passengers and 1 crew were seriously injured.
Reached the total of 1 million passengers carried on board JAS international flights.
The Emperor of Japan boarded a special flight from Tokyo to Tokushima to attend the 48th National Sports Festival in Tokushima and Kagawa Prefectures. (returned from Takamatsu to Tokyo on 10.27)
Started Haneda Airport Maintenance Center visits for the public.
Suspended Narita-Honolulu services.
Started advance check-in at Chitose, Haneda, Osaka, and Fukuoka Airports. This service allows passengers to select seats and check in any time for all flights on the departure date.
Kansai International Airport was opened. Inaugurated 10 routes and 13 return flights
Introduced “Rakuraku VIP Service” for senior travelers over 65 years old.
Closed YS-11 routes from Osaka International Airport. Transferred routes to Japan Air Commuter.
Provided free air transport and operated temporary flights from January 18 to April 10 to support relief operations of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in southern Hyogo Prefecture. (1,219 flights and 139,717 passengers)
Suspended Narita-Singapore services.
Takeshi Mashima was appointed Chairman, and Hiromi Funabiki, President.
The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded a special flight from Tokyo to Nagasaki to attend “Memorial Trip 50 Years After the War” (Tokyo-Nagasaki-Hiroshima-Tokyo: ~7.27)
Introduced “Ticketless Service” for all domestic routes, enabling customers to buy tickets and check in with a credit card at the counter on the day of departure.
Started “JAS Peter Pan Flights,” joint international program charter flights with Kinki Nippon Tourist.
Launched the Kansai-Guagzhou route using A300-600R aircraft.
Decided the new livery of MD-90, using designs by film director Akira Kurosawa under the themes of “Japanese morning” and “7 rainbow colors over the skies of Japan”
First MD-90 (JA8064) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).
Introduced restrooms exclusively for women (Floral Room) on all aircraft, becoming the first airline in the world to provide such service.
Operated last flight of YS-11. (flight 996 on the Nankishirahama-Tokyo route)
MD-90 entered service between Tokyo-Nagasaki, Tokyo-Obihiro, and Tokyo-Aomori.
Entries were gathered from the public over the Internet, and other ways, for livery designs of Boeing777.
Introduced “Online with JAS,” a reservation and ticketless service to replace reservations by phone.
The Emperor and Empress of Japan boarded a special flight from Tokyo to Hiroshima to attend the 15th National Sports Festival Autumn Games in Hiroshima Prefecture (returned on 10.13)
DC9-41 retired from service after flight 224 from Misawa to Tokyo.
Harlequin Air was established.
First Boeing777 (JA8977) arrived at Tokyo International Airport. (Haneda).
New uniforms introduced for cabin attendants. New summer uniforms for ground staff from 6.1.
Boeing777 introduced on the Tokyo-Fukuoka route (2 round trips/day) and Tokyo-Sapporo route (1 round trip/day), inaugurating Japan’s first domestic air service offering 3 classes of seats. 12 Super Seats, 38 Rainbow Seats, 330 regular seats.
Launched the Kansai-Hong Kong route using A300-600R 4 round-trip flights a week.
Operated A300-600R (JA8562) painted with the POCARI SWEAT sports drink logo on domestic trunk routes.
Established Hokkaido Air System (HAC)
Harlequin Air began wet lease operations on some JAS domestic routes.
Moved JAS head office from Mori Building No. 37 in Toranomon, Tokyo to Haneda Maintenance Center 1.
All seats on all domestic flights were designated “no smoking.” (from October 29, 2000 on international flights)
Introduced new self check-in machines (SCM).
Launched the Narita-Hong Kong route using A300-600R three round trips a week.
Launched the Kansai-Kunming route using A300-600R two round trips a week.
Launched the Narita-Guangzhou route using DC10 two round trips a week.
Launched the Narita-Xian route using DC10 three round trips a week.
Launched the Kansai-Xian route using A300-600R two round trips a week.
DC-9-81 retired from service after flight 548 from Amami-Oshima to Tokyo.
Launched the Kansai-Seoul route using A300-600R six round trips a week.
Operated final DC-10 flight. (charter flight by Harlequin Air, Kagoshima-Kansai)
Reached more than 200 million passengers since the company name change to Japan Air System. In FY1999, reached more than 300 million passengers since the founding of the company.
Operated special MD-91 passenger flights (2 round trips/day) between Tokyo-Izumo for 2 days from October 6 to 7 to support earthquake disaster relief operations in west Tottori Prefecture.