On December 16, 2017, JTA’s next Boeing 737-800, registered as JA06RK (msn 61480), successfully operated its first flight from Renton, WA. The new logo jet is painted in the pink Whale Shark livery, known in Japan as “Sakura Jinbei”.
The new Boeing 737-800 is expected to replaced the original “Sakura Jinbel” which has been operating on this Boeing 737-400 registered as JA8992:
Above Copyright Photo: Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-446 JA8992 (msn 27917) (Sakura Jimbei) HND (Akira Uekawa). Image: 921975.
The pink female companion (with a baby Whale Shark underneath), “Sakura Jimbei” was unveiled by Japan Transocean Air on January 5, 2014 on the Naha, Okinawa to Miyako route.
The two Jimbei (Whale Shark in Japanese) logo jets are in support of Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium and the first in captivity birth and rearing of a Whale Shark. JA8992 also wears a Formosan cherry blossom by the front door.
JTA is phasing out its fleet of Boeing 737-400s in 2018 and replacing them with the newer Boeing 737-800s.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by JTA): Japan Transocean Air-JAL Boeing 737-800 WL JA06RK (msn 61480) (Sakura Jimbei) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940332.
Skymark Airlines‘ (Tokyo) biggest creditor Intrepid, which is opposing ANA’s (Tokyo) involvement in the Skymark reorganization plan, also submitted a rival reorganization plan on May 29. The plan states Integral would be the primary sponsor, but it would select an alternative airline partner other than ANA. The U.S.-based leasing firm is already talking with Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) according to ZipanguFlyer.
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Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 JA737T (msn 35290) approaches the runway at Tokyo (Haneda).
Skymark Airlines‘ (Tokyo) two biggest creditors, Intrepid Aviation and Airbus, have informed the bankruptcy court that they will reject a rescue plan involving ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo) according to ZipanguFlyer.
Copyright Photo below: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Skylark was an Airbus A330-300 operator and was planning to add the larger A380. The pictured A330-343 JA330B (msn 1491) climbs away from Haneda Airport.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) on May 5 inaugurated its first long-haul configured Boeing 787-9 on the Tokyo (Haneda) – Munich route. Flight NH 217 was operated by JA836A, ANA’s third delivery of the stretched Dreamliner according to our partner ZipanguFlyer. Jakarta will be added in May.
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) yesterday (January 31) operated its last Airbus A330-300 revenue flight. According to ZipanguFlyer, the last revenue flight from Tokyo (Haneda) was flight BC 727 to Sapporo (New Chitose) operated with Airbus A330-343 JA330D. The final flight was the return leg, flight BC 730 back to Tokyo (Haneda), arriving back at 2236 local time.
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) according to ZipangFlyer will reportedly file for bankruptcy protection in the Tokyo District Court, after an emergency board meeting was held today (January 28). Investment fund Integral Corporation will reportedly finance and help Japan’s third largest carrier continue operations.
Skymark Airlines had grand ambitions and recently added Airbus A330-300s and even had Airbus A380s on order. Did they expand too fast? Can they successfully reorganize? What will the new Skymark look like?
Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has announced it will introduce fully revamped Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft on its domestic Tokyo (Haneda) – Osaka (Itami) route starting on December 8, 2014. The retrofitted aircraft have also been configured to offer JAL First Class in addition to Class J and Economy Class, which both are fitted with new seats. The aircraft will be configured with five First Class (F) seats, 42 Class J seats and 205 Economy Class sets.
Top Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA656J (msn 40368) departs from Haneda Airport in Tokyo in the special “Doraemon Jet” livery.