History of Aircraft 1961s
Introducing the history of JAL aircraft from 1951-1960, which developed in tandem with the history of JAL
High-performance aircraft which left their mark on history are brought back to life online.
In service from July 21, 1961 to April 28, 1971.More details
JAL purchased nine Convair 880 midsize jet aircraft, for use on Southeast Asian routes and southerly routes to Europe, which had shorter interval distances and were not expected to have a high volume of passengers. The aircraft was also introduced on domestic routes to counter turboprop aircraft competing on domestic routes.
In service from March 26, 1962 to March 5, 1982.More details
The DC-8-50 series used turbofan engines to achieve a marked improvement in cruising performance over the -30 series. Soon after the first -50 series aircraft (JA8007) arrived, it entered service on the northerly route to Europe (polar route).
In service from March 5, 1965 to June 16, 1982.More details
In service from April 10, 1965 to December 20, 2006.More details
The YS-11 was the first passenger aircraft developed in Japan in the postwar period. JAL leased two YS-11 aircraft, using one for postal services and the other for passenger services. Both were leased for one year.
In service from July 20, 1965 to February 8, 1988.More details
A second generation jet selected expressively for domestic routes. Three-engines below the T-tail. Short takeoff and landing distances. Main aircraft on domestic routes in the late '60s.
In service from February 14, 1966 to June 30, 1980.More details
In service from April 19, 1968 to January 20, 1988.More details
JAL introduced this long-range aircraft in order to achieve the "international laser line concept" of connecting Tokyo with major overseas cities with non-stop direct flights. In addition to a variety of aerodynamic improvements over the DC-8-50 series, the DC-8-62 also boasted superior cruising performance.
In service from December 13, 1968 to January 31, 1988.More details
This was the DC-8 cargo aircraft. Large containers could be loaded onto the aircraft. The DC-8-62AF entered service on the Tokyo - San Francisco - New York route and could carry from 35 to 40 tons.
In service from February 20, 1969 to January 28, 1988.More details
The DC-8-61 was actively used on domestic routes and routes in Southeast Asia. With a long body that prioritized seating capacity, compared to other DC-8 aircraft which seated around 150 passengers, the DC-8-61 could seat a maximum of 234 passengers.
In service from April 22, 1970 to December 19, 2005.More details
Commonly known as a "jumbo jet," basic 747 aircraft are still in active use, primarily on international routes. JAL's first 747-100 (JA8101) entered service on the Honolulu and Los Angeles routes. One of these aircraft was later refitted to serve as a cargo plane (747-100F).