About JAL's History

JAL's History

1971-1980
We will take a look back at the history of Japan Airlines (JAL), from its founding to the present day, with a timeline of details and notable events.
  • 19714.2
    JAL inaugurates Osaka-Pusan route.
    5.29
    JAL Chairman Mr. Teruo Godo retires, and is succeeded by President Mr. Shizuma Matsuo. Vice President Mr. Shizuo Asada is elected to President.
    6.3
    JAL conducts a special flight for a good will visit of their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince (Kinjo Emperor) and Princess to Afghanistan. -06.12
    7.1
    JAL introduces DC-8F exclusive cargo freighter on the San Francisco route.
    JAL inaugurates Fukuoka=Sapporo route(with B727 plane).
    9.1
    JAL begins to calling at Osaka on the Guam route (three Tokyo=Guam=Osaka flights out of six Tokyo=Guam flights a week)
    9.27
    JAL conducts a special flight for a goodwill visit of their Imperial Majesties Showa Emperor and Kojun Empress to seven European countries. (with DC-8-55 plane) -10.14
    11.1
    Opening of Napa Flight Crew Training Center.
    19722.2
    JAL conducts a special flight for the return of Shoichi Yokoi, a former Japanese soldier (Guam-Tokyo).
    3.1
    JAL establishes the first Non Smoking seats on international flights (B747 planes).
    4.1
    JAL inaugurates New York route via Anchoragewith DC-8-62).
    4.3
    JAL inaugurates the Mexico route via Vancouver (with DC-8-62 plane).
    JAL inaugurates the Copenhagen route via Moscow (with DC-8-62 plane).
    5.15
    JAL incorporates Okinawa route into domestic flights, accompanied by Okinawa's reversion to Japanese administration.
    6.3
    JAL inaugurates the Fukuoka=Kagoshima=Hong Kong route.
    8.1
    JAL introduces B747-LR plane service on its Tokyo=Okinawa(Naha) route as the first scheduled domestic flight.
    10.28
    Operation of special flight to transport 2 giant pandas, Kan Kan and Ran Ran, by air .
    19734.3
    JAL introduces the first Tokyo=Papeete(Tahiti) service, a code-sharing flight with Air France. -1997.03
    7.21
    Flight 404(B747/JA8109)hijacked shortly after take-off from Amsterdam Airport and blown up at Benghazi, Libya on July 24.
    10.7
    JAL introduces B747-SR planes (the first short range jumbo jet) service on the Tokyo=Okinawa(Naha) route.
    10.18
    JAL is designated the official airline for the Okinawa Ocean Expo.
    19744.1
    JAL inaugurates the Rome route via Moscow (with DC-8-62 plane).
    4.5
    JAL inaugurates the Frankfurt route via Moscow (with DC-8-62 plane).
    9.29
    JAL operates the first scheduled flight on its China route (Tokyo=Beijing, with DC-8-62 plane).
    10.1
    JAL introduces B747-F exclusive cargo freighter on its transpacific routes (Tokyo-San Francisco-New York-Anchorage-Tokyo).
    11.25
    JAL receives an award from Boeing Co. for its B747-SR superior punctual departure rate (99%).
    19752.20
    JAL conducts a special flight for the visit to Nepal by their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince (the Kinjo Emperor) and Crown Princess. -02.28
    7.17
    JAL conducts a Tokyo-Naha special flight for the attendance at the opening ceremony of the Okinawa Ocean Expo by their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince (the Kinjo Emperor) and Crown Princess. -07.19
    7.21
    Founding of JAL Scholarship for Asian students .
    8.8
    Japan Asia Airways Co., Ltd. is established to operate the Japan-Taiwan route.
    9.15
    Japan Asia Airways introduces its first Tokyo-Taipei service.
    9.30
    JAL conducts a special flight (DC-8-50 plane) for the U.S. goodwill visit by Their Imperial Majesties, Showa Emperor and Kojun Empress.
    19764.16
    JAL conducts its first transportation of 58 cattle by Bulk Loading System between Moses Lake and Tokyo.
    6.8
    JAL conducts a special flight for the visit to Jordan, Yugoslavia and United Kingdom by Their Imperial Highnesses, the Crown Prince (the Kinjo Emperor) and Crown Princess.
    7.1
    JAL introduces DC-10 planes on its Tokyo=Sapporo and Tokyo=Fukuoka routes.
    7.26
    Japan Asia Airways inaugurates its Osaka=Taipei=Hong Kong, Osaka=Taipei and Tokyo=Osaka=Taipei=Manila routes.
    9.1
    JAL inaugurates its Fukuoka=Seoul route (with DC-8-61 plane).
    10.22
    JAL conducts a Tokyo-Fukuoka special flight for the attendance at the Saga Autumn National Athletic Meet by Their Imperial Majesties, Showa Emperor and Kojun Empress.
    19774.1
    JAL Special Selection Travel renamed JAL Jet Plan, operations transferred to Domestic Travel Development Co., Ltd.
    JAL introduces DC-10 planes on its Tokyo=Anchorage=New York route.
    5.19
    JAL introduces jumbo jet (B747-SR planes) service at Osaka International Airport (Tokyo=Osaka route).
    7.7
    JAL inaugurates the Northern route to Frankfurt via Copenhagen service (with B747 plane).
    10.1
    JAL renews the female cabin attendants uniform (designed by Hanae Mori/dark blue one-piece dress).
    JAL starts to call at Saipan on its Tokyo=Guam route (with DC-8-50 plane).
    JAL inaugurates Nagoya=Seoul route (with DC-8 plane).
    19784.1
    JAL inaugurates the Osaka=Tokyo=Honolulu route (with DC-8/B747 planes).
    5.22
    The first flight (JL947) from New Tokyo International Airport (Narita) departs for Saipan and Guam.
    6.1
    JAL introduces non smoking seats into all domestic flights.
    6.8
    JAL inaugurates domestic flight service to/from Narita (Tokyo(Narita)=Sapporo, Tokyo(Narita)=Osaka, Tokyo(Narita)=Fukuoka).
    6.20
    JAL inaugurates its Tokyo(Narita)=Sao Paulo=Rio de Janeiro route (with DC-8-62 plane, one round trip in every other week).
    8.1
    JAL introduces Sky-Sleeper service into its transpacific route.
    19793.26
    Completion of Emergency Evacuation Mockup Center (EVAC-1)at Haneda.
    4.1
    JAL inaugurates the Tokyo(Narita)=Copenhagen=Zurich route (with B747-LR plane).
    4.2
    JAL inaugurates the Tokyo(Haneda)=Kagoshima=Hong Kong route (with DC-8-61 plane).
    7.2
    JAL inaugurates the Tokyo(Narita)=Pusan route (with DC-8-62 plane).
    9.11
    JAL inaugurates the Tokyo(Narita)=Nagasaki=Shanghai route (with DC-8-62 plane).
    9.26
    JAL inaugurates the Kumamoto=Seoul route (with DC-8 plane).
    11.22
    Japan Asia Airways inaugurates the Okinawa(Naha)=Taipei route (with DC-8-61 plane).
    12.12
    JAL inaugurates the Niigata=Komatsu=Seoul route (with B727 plane).
    19802.14
    JAL introduces B747-SR planes with 550 seats(world's largest capacity) on its Tokyo=Okinawa(Naha) route. It records 550 passengers aboard on JL904 between Okinawa(Naha) and Tokyo on February 15.
    7.3
    JAL inaugurates the Fukuoka=Pusan=Seoul route (with DC-8-61 plane).
    7.4
    JAL inaugurates the Tokyo(Narita)=Nand=Auckland route (with DC-8-62 plane).
    7.7
    JAL inaugurates the Tokyo(Narita)=Anchorage=Copenhagen=Madrid route (with B747 plane).
    9.1
    JAL adopts three-class system into its transpacific, Northern route to Europe, Sydney, Oakland, and Moscow routes.
    11.1
    JAL inaugurates the Nagoya=Fukuoka=Hong Kong=Singapore, Nagoya=Kagoshima=Hong Kong=Singapore, and Fukuoka=Okinawa(Naha) =Hong Kong=Singapore routes.