Jun 01 1999
JAL'S "GLAY" SKIES OVER JAPAN
There'll be a new JAL jumbo jet livery in the skies of Japan in July and August. A JAL domestic 747 SR (short-range) aircraft will be sporting a giant portrait of "GLAY", a leading Japanese pop group, measuring 15 meters by 6 meters.
Behind this flying pop poster is JAL's commemoration of 10 years of the Tokyo-Hakodate route, which was inaugurated in July 1989. GLAY, a four-man group regularly in the top ten charts in Japan, hails from Hakodate - hence the JAL connection.
As part of the route's anniversary celebrations, JAL is also supporting a special GLAY concert on July 31 as "official airline". Through domestic tour subsidiary company, JAL Story Ltd.,, the airline is offering a special one night tour for GLAY fans from all over Japan to attend the concert at the Makuhari Conference Centre near Tokyo. The tour includes airfare, hotel accommodation and concert ticket.
JAL opened the route with twice daily 767 flights between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Hakodate, a popular tourist and business destination in Hokkaido, northernmost of Japan's four main islands.
Now JAL operates three daily round trip flights between Tokyo and Hakodate. Up to April 1 this year, JAL had carried 4.5 million passengers on the route.
The 563-seat JAL jumbo with the giant GLAY portrait will be operating on the busy Tokyo- Sapporo route from July 1 to 15 and subsequently on the Tokyo -Hakodate route until the end of August.
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