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Apr.2004-History of JAL


JAL/JAS integration is completed. Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., headed by President Katsuo Haneda, becomes Japan Airlines International handling international passenger operations and cargo business. Japan Air System Co., Ltd., headed by President Mitsuo Komatsubara, becomes Japan Airlines Domestic in charge of domestic passenger operations.

Japan Asia Airways Co., Ltd. becomes a wholly owned subsidiary company of the new JAL Group holding company, Japan Airlines System Corporation.

Establishment of JAL Brand Communications, a new subsidiary to handle promotion of the new JAL Brand, as well as, JAL Group advertising, sales promotion and publishing activities.

As Japan's official airline for the Athens Olympics, JAL specially paints aircraft with 'Ganbare! Nippon! (Go Japan!)' design.

JAL introduces the 'Class J' seat, a key component of a new, simplified and lower-priced domestic business class service. Later in the year, the seat wins the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization's (JIDPO) '2004 Good Design Award (Product Design Category)'.

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of scheduled flight services between Japan-China, JAL supports a professional sumo-wrestling tournament held in China.

At the 2nd Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the JAL Group's holding company, Japan Airlines System Corporation, is renamed Japan Airlines Corporation. (Name effective from June 26).

JAL starts operation of its first state-of-the-art fuel-efficient Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aircraft (JA731J) on July 1 between Narita and Singapore (JL719).

JAL's last MD-11 aircraft (JA8582) retires from service making its last flight from Hong Kong to Narita (JL730). (Originally introduced into service on Apr 1, 1994).

Additional special flights are operated between Tokyo and Niigata following the Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu Earthquakes on Oct 23, 2004. (A temporary service is provided up until Jan 4 2005).

JAL is the first airline in Japan to introduce a Boeing 747-400 freighter to its fleet. Inaugurated on the Narita - Kansai route.

Commemoration of FM Tokyo's 10,000th 'JET STREAM' broadcast. (Broadcasting began in 1967).

JAL's domestic services at Haneda Airport Terminal 1 (formerly the West Terminal) are greatly expanded with the opening of the new Terminal 2 at Haneda. Renovation of Terminal 1 is completed on Dec 21, providing passengers with a more customer friendly and spacious facility.

'JAL Inflight Internet Service' - an in-flight high-speed Internet connection service is launched on Tokyo-London route (JL401/402).

The JAL Group decides to participate in the UN Global Compact and uphold ten internationally agreed principles covering the fields of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.


JAL Group's 'JALCARD' and Japan Rail East's 'View Suica' credit and electronic money card are combined to create the 'JALCARD Suica', providing a more comprehensive range of benefits to domestic air and rail users.

JAL RABBITS win for the first time the 71st ALL Japan Basketball Tournament (Empress Cup).

JAL helps to spread the word on the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, for example, by painting the Games' logo on one of its aircraft operating between Haneda and Itami airports.

JAL introduces Japan's first domestic IC check-in service 'Touch & Go' to Haneda, Itami, New Chitose and Fukuoka airports.

The opening day of the new Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). JL3201 bound for Fukuoka is the first JAL flight to leave the new airport, and JAL's new daily Nagoya - Paris service is inaugurated. On Feb 18, JAL's new Nagoya - Guangzhou service begins.


Following a series of safety-related incidents, JAL is issued with a business operational improvement order & administrative warning by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT). On April 14, JAL reports to the MLIT its new safety measures.

Toshiyuki Shinmachi is designated new JAL Group CEO.

JAL starts a new Web check-in service for international flights, allowing passengers using a computer or cell phone to check-in and select a seat up to one hour prior to departure.

Renewal of JAL's Website.

First JAL domestic code share agreement with non JAL Group airline. Code share agreement with Skymark Airlines between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Kansai Airport, Osaka.

JAL participates in Japan's 'Team minus 6%', an energy-saving campaign initiated by the Ministry of Environment with the aim of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 6%.

JAL establishes a special Safety Advisory Committee of outside experts, chaired by Kunio Yanagida, to consult and advise on safety issues.

JL952 from Seoul to Tokyo (Narita) is the last flight operated by JAL using a DC-10 aircraft (JA8541). After nearly 30 years in active service, the retirement of all DC-10s from JAL's fleet is completed.

An aircraft decorated with designs from a popular children's game called 'Mushi-King' (Beetle King) which had been featured in a family summer vacation campaign made a special sightseeing charter flight.



Kobe Airport opened. The JAL Group inaugurated round trip flights on 6 routes including twice-daily between Haneda and Kobe.


An aircraft with a special livery depicting the members of the Japan national soccer team entered service, to promote the team in advance of the 2006 World Cup. JAL had 3 aircraft carry the designs.


New Kitakyushu Airport opened, enabling operation of large aircraft. In addition to the Haneda route, the JAL Group launched flights to Okinawa and Nagoya (Komaki).


The last A300 B2/B4 retired from service after final JAL Group flight JL1210 (Aomori-Tokyo).


JAL established the Safety Development Center, featuring exhibits related to the JAL flight 123 accident, to use for safety training and increasing safety awareness.


Narita Airport Passenger Terminal No. 1 opened after renovation. Renovation of Passenger Terminal No. 2 facilities and equipment commenced.


A 777-300 aircraft with a special livery promoting the environmental activities of the nationally promoted government-backed Team Minus 6% Campaign was put into service. It carried the design until December 2006.


Haruka Nishimatsu was elected President and CEO.


Japan Airlines Corporation increased its capital by 750 million shares through a combination of a public offering in Japan and a private placement to overseas investors.


A JAL aircraft painted with a giant poster advertising the domestic Sakitoku discount fares entered service.


The last YS-11 retired after completing JAL Group flight JAC3806 (Okinoerabu-Kagoshima). The retired aircraft was transferred to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).


Business operating companies, Japan Airlines International and Japan Airlines Domestic, were unified into one company, Japan Airlines International.


Collection of donations for UNICEF started this day on board all international flights (JAL and JALways operated flights).


Codeshare flights with Galaxy Airlines started. (Haneda-Kitakyushu, Naha), enabling JAL to enter the late-night air cargo market.


Loading of playing cards with Universal Design specifications as cabin novelty items began. A Universal Design exhibit booth opened in Haneda Operation Center.


State-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft are introduced to JAL's fleet, first on domestic Japan routes (Haneda - Miyazaki/ Yamaguchi-Ube) and then from May 15 on international routes (Kansai - Dalian/ Hangzhou/ Hanoi/ Qingdao) .

A charter flight to Iwo Jima is operated carrying Japanese war-bereaved relatives holding a memorial service on the island.

LOSA (Line Operations Safety Audit), a program for the management of human error in flight operations, is introduced. Through analyzing the results of this program, a decrease in human error and an improvement in operational quality is expected.

JAL becomes an official member of oneworld, the world' leading quality multilateral airline alliance. To celebrate this milestone, two aircraft are covered in a special oneworld design. One is put into service on international routes from April 16 and the other on domestic Japan routes from April 30.

Launched originally in the USA in November 1983, JAL Mileage Bank, JAL's global frequent flyer program, reaches the 20 million member mark.


Starting with the Narita - Chicago route, meal service improvements in JAL Executive Class Seasons, by increasing meal choice and creating a more individual-focused service, take in-flight hospitality to even greater heights.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 'the radio program JET STREAM' aired on TOKYO FM, which is sponsored by JAL, special audio programs and other commemorative events are held.


Boeing 767-300F freighters are introduced to further increase profitability. The first flight is from Narita to Shanghai (Pudong) via Kansai.

JAL opens two completely refurbished lounges at Narita International Airport Terminal 2. A more spacious and comfortable environment is created by almost tripling the total original lounge area; redesigning and refurbishing their interiors; and improving the range of services available.

In the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, JAL publishes the first edition of 'Xiang', the airlines new Chinese-language inflight magazine for mainland China routes.

A fun children's course called the JAL Origami Hikoki is launched. JAL volunteers visit local kindergartens, and schools and attend special events to teach youngsters how to make paper airplanes (hikoki) using origami.

Japan extends RNAV (area navigation) - the latest method of air navigation - to more key airports in the country. RNAV can reduce flight distance and time, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

A daily service between Haneda Airport, Tokyo and Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai is introduced.

JAL starts introducing JAL Premium Economy - a premium economy cabin - on international routes.

JAL introduces a first class service for the first-ever time on Japan domestic flights.


JAL opens the second exhibit room in its Safety Promotion Center.

Japan Asia Airways flies its last flight EG284, from Taipei to Nagoya (Chubu) , concluding 32 years of operations. (Services to Taiwan are transferred to JAL the next day.)

Aircraft MD-87 (JA8281) retires after flying its last flight JL1386 from Nanki Shirahama to Haneda.

For the first time in 25 years, major amendments are made to JAL's international timetable, including a reduction in size.

JAL announces its global environmental action program "Sky Eco [2010]" and puts into service from June 01, the JAL Eco Jet with a tailfin painted green as a symbol of JAL's commitment to this project.


JAL operates emergency relief charter flights to Sichuan Province, China, which was struck by a powerful earthquake, as well as to Myanmar, which was devastated by Cyclone Nargis (until 04Jun). The JAL Group provides 390 tents as relief goods to the disaster stricken areas.

The last aircraft carrying the "Tsurumaru" design logo, a popular emblem of JAL for over half a century, fly its final international flight (JA603J) JL608 on May 30, from Xiamen to Narita, and its final domestic flight (JA8985) JL138 on May 31, from Itami to Haneda. All JAL fleet are painted with the latest livery.


New services are launched between Haneda and Hong Kong.

Departure ceremonies are held for the Beijing Olympic Japanese national team. (July 31, August 04, August 05, August 07) JAL operates 7 charter flights between Haneda and Beijing for supporters of the Beijing Olympic Japanese national team.

JAL's latest First Class Suite and Executive Class Shell Flat Neo are first introduced on the route to New York using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

JAL operates a special sightseeing flight to commemorate the 100th anniversary Brazilian Japanese emigrant and the 30th anniversary of JAL Brazilian regular service.

One of the world's largest aircraft maintenance system "JAL Mighty" goes into effect.

Due to occupation of Bangkok Suvarnabhum Airport, extra flights are operated from U Tapao Airport until December 04.

The JAL website is renewed for the first time in almost 3 and a half years since April 2005. The screen is 1.2 times wider than before, making it easier for users to view.


JAL operates a biofuel demonstration flight
using jet fuel derived from camelina for the first time.

JAL Group's state-of-the-art Embraer 170 is put into service, first operating between Nagoya(Komaki) and Matsuyama, Fukuoka.

JAL introduces a carbon offset program for environmentally conscious customers.

JAL operates Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) Flight JL1605 from Haneda to Hiroshima, staffed mostly by women (excluding the Captain and the Line maintenance certifying staff.)

JAL operates Koinobori (Boy's Festival) Flights JL1873 from Haneda to Kagoshima and JL1876 from Kagoshima to Haneda, staffed by an all male team including cabin attendants and ground staff.


JAL Express inaugurates international flights between Kansai Airport and Hangzhou.

Opening of Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport, the 98th airport in Japan. JAL operates flights to Fukuoka and Sapporo, the first flight being JL3810 to Fukuoka.


JAL opens"idea.JAL"(www.idea-jal.jp), a website to meet the diverse needs of the customers.

The last two of JAL's Boeing747 Classic jumbo jets retire from service, making their last flights JO073 from Honolulu to Narita, and JL3042 from Sapporo to Narita.

The second JAL Eco-Jet with a tailfin painted green and a green origami paper plane motif on its fuselage is introduced on international routes.
JAL serves Asia's first PET bottled wine in Economy Class.


Chef Kaoru Koyama introduces the "Tokyo Flavor Curry" for JAL international routes.


JAL was awarded twice with "Good Design Awards" in 2009. The two awards were for the International Executive Class Seats "JAL Shell Flat Neo", and the "Guam route economy class" in-flight meals.


Operated charter flights to assist with the Sumatra earthquake. Narita - Jakarta


Began code sharing with Vietnam Airlines for JAL Fukuoka - Hanoi route


JAL implemented "Ultimate Eco-flight" measures to mitigate environmental impact, for the first time in Asia.
JO077 Honolulu - Kansai Airport


Expanded the "QuiC (quick)" and McDonald's campaign for JAL domestic routes.


Commenced Haneda to Beijing route.


Began service of the state-of-the-art Embraer 170 aircraft. Haneda - Akita


"QuiC (quick)" further simplified for JAL domestic routes.


Cannon "Colors of Nature" exhibited in the "Sky Gallery" in JAL international executive class.




Operated "sunrise charter flights" from five airports in Narita, Haneda, Kansai, Nagoya (Chubu) and Okinawa.

Commenced new route between Narita and Naha.

Operation of the Doraemon jet.


Conducted "Hinamatsuri Flight" where a woman served as captain.
JL1803 Haneda - Kumamoto


New meals debuted in JAL international Southeast Asian executive class.


Certified No. 1 by US Conducive Technology in 2009 as the world's leader in meeting arrival times.


Conducted "Koinobori Flight" operated only by men.


JAL Group designated "Eco-First" company.


Operated the JAL Miles for Eco, to support measures by OISCA to prevent desertification in China and inner Mongolia.


Operated the special JAL "COP10 Eco-Jet".


Operated specially decorated "Hawks Jet" for the JAL x Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.


Operated specially decorated JAL Group "COP10 Eco Happy Turn" flight.


Operated specially decorated "JAL Arashi JET".

Final flight of the MD81.
JL1226 Misawa - Haneda


Introduced new seats for international flights of the JAL Boeing 767-300ER, and a new in-flight entertainment system.


Took passengers on the first international flight from the new Haneda Airport Terminal, carrying 302 passengers on flight JL091 (Haneda to Gimpo) on a Boeing 777-200.


Last cargo plane flight. (Arrival November 1)


Returned to Haneda Airport after 32 years of international flights.
Flight JL002 (Haneda to San Francisco) departs with 247 passengers on the Boeing 777-200.


Received formal authorization from the US Department of Transportation for anti-trust exemption for Japan Airlines and American Airlines.

JAL implemented reservation application operations for Android Smart Phones.



JAL certified by US Conducive Technology as the "world number 1 for the second year in a row" in meeting arrival times, and also certified "No. 1 in Asia" by J-Air.


Operation of specially decorated "JAL x Samantha Thavasa Jet".
Cabins equipped with Samantha Thavasa paper cups and headrest covers.


Began operation of first aircraft with new logo.
Daily charter flights from Kushiro to Haneda.


Boeing 747-400 retired.
21 year of flight history closed as the last scheduled international flight from Honolulu arrived, followed 10 minutes later by the last domestic flight from Okinawa to Narita Airport.


Aircraft decorated with the new logo begins international flights (Narita -Beijing).