ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) today (March 31), as planned, operated the last Boeing 747 flight. The pictured Boeing 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644) with 497 passengers and 17 crew members operated a round trip from Tokyo (Haneda) to Naha, Okinawa and back, ending 35 years of continuous Boeing 747 operations. JA8961 was delivered to ANA for domestic operations on May 13, 1993.
ANA today (March 31) also retired the Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-300 (Q300).
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644) departs from Tokyo (Haneda).
Japan Airlines (JAL) and JAL Express (JEX), wholly owned by JAL, have reached an agreement to integrate as below with approval of the board of directors’ meeting.
1. Purpose of merger
JAL aims to stabilize the domestic business, through enhancing the mobility of making the best match between capacity and traffic, and improving inflight human service of domestic flights.
2. Effective date of merger
October 1, 2014
3. Form of merger
JAL, as surviving company, will merge with JEX and JEX will be dissolved.
This integration is simplified merger for JAL and short form merger for JEX. The consent of the general shareholders meeting of each participating company is not a requirement for reaching a merger agreement.
JAL Express commenced operations on September 30, 1998 as a no-frills unit of JAL for domestic operations.
Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-846 JA302J (msn 35331) with “Forward Together Japan” markings arrives at Tokyo (Haneda).
JTA-Japan Transocean Air (Naha, Okinawa) and Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) announced the airline’s selection of 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The selection, valued at $1.1 billion at list prices, will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program with the new airplanes scheduled to enter into service from 2016. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to switch to the 737 MAX family of airplanes.
A member of the Japan Airlines Group, JTA is based in Naha, Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island chain. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 737-400 airplanes on domestic routes linking Okinawa with major Japanese cities as well as other islands within Okinawa.
JTA’s new 737-800s will be powered by CFM56-7 engines manufactured by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and SNECMA. The airplanes will be fitted with Boeing’s latest Performance Improvement Package (PIP), delivering an additional two percent improvement in fuel efficiency for what is already the most fuel efficient single-aisle airplane. The airplanes will also feature the popular passenger-inspired Boeing Sky Interior, with modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins.
Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-4Q3 JA8940 (msn 29487) completes the final approach into Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport).
ANA to operate its last Boeing 747 flight on March 31 with JA8961, will be chopped up in Tupelo, Mississippi
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) as planned and previously reported, plans to operate its last revenue flight (NH 126) with the Boeing 747-400 on March 31 between Naha, Okinawa and Tokyo (Haneda) according to ZipanguFlyer. The last revenue flight is scheduled to be operated with the pictured Boeing 747-481 (D) JA8961 (msn 25644). The last ANA Boeing 747-400s are the high-density domestic version of the Boeing 747-400 that seat 565 passengers and were developed specifically for the Japanese market.
In the meantime, according to ZipanguFlyer, JA8961 is operating a series of “Final 747″ visits in Japan. On March 16 JA8961 operated flight NH 2001, named the “Sayonara Flight Charter’ from Tokyo (Narita) to Kumamoto. The Boeing Jumbo is expected to visit Fukuoka and Sapporo for the last time on March 30.
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According to The Japan Times, ANA Sales Company is offering a tour to Tupelo Regional Airport in Mississippi to witness the end of JA8961. According to the report, the five-day tour will depart Japan on April 16 and the travelers will travel on a different aircraft to reach the airport in time to greet the arrival of ANA’s last Boeing 747.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-481 JA8951 (msn 25644) taxies at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) in Tokyo. JA8961 was delivered new to ANA on May 13, 1993.
Air Do (Sapporo) is gradually retiring its fleet of Boeing 737-500s (now down to five aircraft).
According to ZipanguFlyer, Air Do’s first special-theme aircraft, the pictured Boeing 737-54K JA8196 (msn 27966) “Bear Do”, flew its last revenue service today (March 14) as flight HD 024, from Sapporo (New Chitose) to Tokyo (Haneda) with 121 passengers. The passengers received special “Bear Do” memorabilia and a last flight certificate according to ZipanguFlyer.
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Copyright Photo: Susumu Tokunaga/AirlinersGallery.com. JA8196 taxies past the camera at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) in Tokyo.
Pictures of the event on Air Do’s Facebook page:
JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) on February 26 in partnership with Family Mart (a national chain of Japanese stores) unveiled this special “Samurai Blue Jet” livery on Boeing 777-246 JA8985 (msn 27652) at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The new logo jet supports Japan’s national football team in the upcoming FIFA World Cup championship series in Brazil this year.
The special sticker (above) includes the logo of the Japan Football Association (JFA) and photos of 400 supporters who submitted their photos for selection according to the airline.
JA8985 was previously one of JAL’s six Disney Happiness Express logo jets which are being retired. The special logo jet will fly over Japan until July 2014.
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JTA-Japan Transocean Air (Naha, Okinawa) today introduced a red “Sakura Jimbei” special color scheme on Boeing 737-446 JA8992 (msn 27917) (see ad below). Jimbei means whale shark in Japanese. The red Jimbei complements the first blue “Jimbei Jet” (above) that was introduced in December 2012. The hard to miss red female logo jet entered service on the Naha to Miyako route today according to ZipanguFlyer.
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Top Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. The original blue “Jimbei Jet” approaches Tokyo (Haneda) for landing.
Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will further expand its JAL NEW SKY PROJECT and install in-flight Internet service on select Japan domestic flights. The airline issued this statement:
JAL NEW SKY PROJECT was initially launched by the airline in January 2013 with the introduction of the JAL SKY SUITE 777 on international routes. The revamped aircraft boasts increased comfort and functionality in all classes based on the theme “Designed to evoke a ‘one-class higher’ feel.” Leading the redesign are the airline’s new fully-flat seats in JAL Business Class. Furthermore, the new JAL SKY SUITE 767 will be introduced onto select international flights starting in December 2013.
As part of this latest Project, JAL will revamp cabin interiors on aircraft operating on select domestic routes, which will include the installation of leather seating and LED lighting throughout the cabin based on the theme “Superior Cabin”. Another highlight of the new Economy class seat is a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 5cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch, providing customers with a more comfortable travel experience.
Additionally, in-flight Internet service, currently available on select JAL international flights from July 2012, will be first installed onto select Japan-domestic flights.
The new leather seating in J-class and Economy class will be made from the same high-quality genuine leather used for seats installed in luxury vehicles. The airline’s plan is to revamp all the cabin seats in both classes on select domestic routes. In addition, carpet installed throughout the cabin will also be replaced to match the redesigned interiors
A slim-style seatback design results in approximately 5cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch.
The all-leather seats are molded to better fit the natural contour of the passenger’s back and overall body, providing significantly more comfort.
The light-weight material helps to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
Seating in JAL’s popular Class J will offer slightly wider space for passengers to enjoy their time in-flight, and the new genuine leather covered seats will evoke a feeling of luxury.
LED lighting in cabin
Based on the concept “air-like lighting”, the cabin atmosphere can be easily changed according to the flight hours, the season, and the natural rhythm of time to create a relaxing ambience and a feeling of Japan.
Lighting based on the time of day:
First class service to be installed on some Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft:
The popular First class service on present domestic flights will be expanded to domestic Boeing 767s.
Top Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA658J (msn 40370) approaches the runway at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. All other photos by Japan Airlines.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) is planning to retire the last Boeing 747-400 on March 29, 2014. The last route is tentatively schedule as a flight between Naha, Okinawa and Tokyo (Haneda) per Airline Route.
The airline is currently operating five domestic models on domestic routes in Japan.
ANA added its first Boeing 747SR-81 (JA8133) (above) on December 20, 1978 for its high-density domestic routes. ANA also added its first Boeing 747-281B (JA8174) (below) on June 25, 1986.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747SR-81 JA8145 (msn 22291) taxies at the Haneda Airport hub.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-281B JA8181 (msn 23698) joined the ANA fleet on December 22, 1986 and migrated to NCA on May 26, 1999 as a freighter.
Embraer S.A. disclosed a firm order from Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) today for another four Embraer 170 jets. The firm order is already included in Embraer’s backlog as an “undisclosed” customer. With this new agreement, the total number of firm orders for the E170 from JAL is 15 aircraft.
As with the previous aircraft ordered by JAL, these four E170s will be configured with 76 seats in a single-class layout and will be operated by J-Air (Nagoya), JAL’s wholly owned subsidiary that serves the company’s domestic network. The airline already operates twelve E170s, with an outstanding dispatch reliability of 99.7% over the last 12 months.
Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-100ST JA218J (msn 17000314) approaches Tokyo (Haneda) for landing.
JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) on March 29 introduced this 30th Anniversary logojet to help celebrate the success of the Tokyo Disney Resort. Boeing 777-246 JA8985 (msn 27652) at Tokyo (Haneda) is the first JAL aircraft to wear the special Disney livery. The titles proclaim Year 30 is The Happiness Year. JA8985 is named the “JAL Happiness Express”.
JAL will add five more Disney aircraft including one additional 777-200 domestic and four 737-800 domestic aircraft.
According to Wipipedia, The resort opened on April 15, 1983, as a single theme park (Tokyo Disneyland), but developed into a resort with two theme parks, three Disney hotels, six non-Disney hotels, and a shopping complex. Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park opened outside of the United States.
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Solaseed Air (Miyazaki) (formerly SNA-Skynet Asia Airways) has leased two new Boeing 737-800s from GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE.
Solaseed Air operates a fleet of 14 aircraft to seven destinations in Japan.
Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Boeing 737-81D WL JA801X (msn 39415) arrives in Tokyo (Haneda).
Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has been a loyal Boeing customer. However the recent problems with the much-delayed Boeing 787 may have soured that relationship. According to Nikkei, the company is now considering an order from rival Airbus for 20 Airbus A350s and it will make a decision in June. However this may also be a ploy to get better terms and compensation from Boeing for the 787 delays. JAL is considering replacing its current Boeing 777-300 ERs with the new Airbus A350-100s for its European routes.
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Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Boeing 777-346 JA8941 (msn 28393) approaches the Tokyo (Haneda) hub for landing.
Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is planning to operate the last revenue flight of its McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 on March 30 after 17 years of service at JAS and JAL. The last flight will be from Hiroshima to Tokyo (Haneda) per Aviation Wire. The last flight is sold out.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 JA8070 (msn 53358) lands at Tokyo (Haneda).
ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) today (February 23) introduced its 60th anniversary logojet named “Yume Jet – You and Me” (Dream Jet).
The company was established as the Japan Helicopter and Aeroplane Transports Company, Ltd. in December 1952. Helicopter services commenced in February 1953.
ANA Boeing 787-8 makes an emergency landing at Takamatsu, ANA and JAL ground their 787s for safety checks
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has reported a new incident involving one of its Boeing 787-8s. Boeing 787-8 JA804A (msn 34486) was operating domestic flight NH 692 from Ube to Tokyo (Haneda) when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Takamatsu, Japan today (January 16) after the flight crew received a cockpit message about battery problems. There was a reported burning smell in the cockpit and the cabin according to this report by Yahoo! News. Passengers and crew members evacuated the aircraft on landing.
Boeing and FAA continue their safety investigation into the on-going problems of the 787.
As a result, both ANA and JAL have voluntarily grounded their 787s for further safety checks. Other airlines, including United Airlines, continue to operate their 787s. The new 787 routes flown by both ANA and JAL have been suspended.
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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Sister-ship Boeing 787-8 JA807A (msn 34508) taxies across the ramp at Tokyo (Haneda).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki. The affected aircraft, Boeing 787-8 JA804A (msn 34486), arrives at Tokyo (Haneda).
Meanwhile ANA is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a special new video:
Starflyer (Kitakyushu) has taken delivery of its first ever directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France. A320-214 JA08MC (msn 5393) was handed over to the carrier on December 12.
The aircraft is the first of three A320s ordered by the company in 2011, and is powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines. It will accommodate 150 passengers in a single-class configuration.Starflyer will deploy the new aircraft to strengthen its network in Japan and to regional destinations.
Starflyer already operates an all-Airbus fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse exactly seven years ago. With this aircraft, the airline’s fleet will rise to eight A320s, with another six to be delivered both via lease and direct purchase.
Starflyer commenced operations on March 16, 2006.
Copyright Photo: Shige Sakaki.Airbus A320-214 JA05MC (msn 4555) taxies across the airfield at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. A “I fly KIX” sticker promotes Kansai International Airport near Osaka.
Air Do (Sapporo) has added its first Boeing 737-700. The pictured former ANA 737-781 JA01AN (msn 33916) was acquired on October 13, 2012. The airline took the opportunity to introduce this new livery with the new type. With the new color scheme the Japanese carrier has also dropped all previous references to Hokkaido International Airlines. “Do” is short for Hokkaido.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. JA01AN climbs away from Tokyo’s downtown airport, Haneda International Airport, today (November 2).
Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) is planning to phase out its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90. The pictured MD-90-30 JA8070 (msn 53358) is the only MD-90 in the JAL fleet to be repainted in the new 2011 Crane livery. JA8070 was repainted in October 2012. The last six MD-90s will be phased out by March 2013 and will be sold to Delta Air Lines. The airliner is pictured taxiing out to runway 05 at Tokyo (Haneda) as flight JL1883 bound for Miyazaki.
Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) has adjusted the number of Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners on order. The four 787-8s that were due to be delivered in fiscal year 2013 and onwards will now be replaced by four 787-9 aircraft. This will give ANA greater flexibility as it expands its international route network.
The total number of Dreamliners on order remains at 55 but now the order will be split at 36 787-8 and 19 787-9 aircraft. ANA has taken delivery of seven 787-8 Dreamliners. The new type has been assigned to domestic routes and also on the Tokyo (Haneda)-Frankfurt route. The carrier plans to launch new 787 service from Tokyo to both Seattle/Tacoma and San Jose, California in the current fiscal year.
Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa.
Virgin America (San Francisco) has announced a new interline agreement with Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) offering travel on the networks of both carriers across their respective North American and Asian routes. Virgin America has grown to 18 destinations, a fleet of 52 new aircraft and more than 2,600 teammates since its launch in August 2007. In addition to the new JAL agreement, Virgin America has interline agreements with Virgin Australia Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air New Zealand, Emirates Airline, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, South African Airways, El Al Israel Airlines, QANTAS Airways, China Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Air Pacific.
JAL offers daily service from Virgin America’s home base San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) and daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – a focus city for Virgin America – to JAL’s hub at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT), where travelers may connect onward to most major cities in Asia including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. In addition, JAL serves Narita from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and New York’s JFK. Both airlines will transfer baggage between connecting flights to guests’ final destinations.
Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, San Diego, Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonally), Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon) and – as of August 14, 2012 – Washington D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA).
Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 777-246 JA8984 (msn 27651) (Sky Eco) HND, originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) will be reorganized by a Japanese government-backed turnaround group overseeing the process. In addition JAL now plans to cut around 13,000 jobs.
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