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Formed in 2005 and started operations in 2006. Subsidiary of Sagawa Express which was formed in 1957. Domestic, regional, & international, charter, cargo, jet airplane services.
Kyoto City, Japan
Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building 6F
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
JAPAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 660, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 377,815, SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 125 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TOKYO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS JAPANESE.
Sir Rutherford Alcock, British consul general to Japan at the end of the Edo period, wrote about "hikyaku," or express messengers, in his book: "In the Capital of the Tycoon." "They move quickly and can run the approximately 850 miles from Nagasaki to Hakodate in nine days. They are reliable and are almost always on time." Hikyaku were said to have staked their lives on their deliveries under a motto that "the package means everything."
After World War II, the common attitude about couriers in Japan was that they simply delivered packages. That was until a man from Kyoto emerged with a different idea about the business. His name was Kiyoshi Sagawa, and he founded Sagawa Express in 1957. With the help of only his wife, Yukie, Sagawa launched his hikyaku business with a determination to do whatever they could for the customer. Driving the couple's hard work was a unique philosophy that set them apart from other courier services. They made it their mission to "transport not only the package but the spirit they contained as well." That meant that Kiyoshi Sagawa and his wife were prepared to take on any kind of order and meet whatever condition or need the customer may have had. This dedication to putting the customer first has enabled Sagawa Express to remain a revolutionary logistics company throughout the company's history.
Logistics in the early days, meant strapping a package to one's back and carrying it with both arms. But six months after the business was launched, bicycles were put into service. This was followed by expanding and upgrading the fleet to include motorcycles, auto-rickshaws and trucks. One thing that did not change, however, was the "hikyaku spirit."
At Sagawa Express, they do not simply deliver packages. They view each and every package entrusted in their care as also containing the beliefs, ideas, dreams, passion and fruits of labor of each individual customer. They are honored and honor-bound to transport those feelings. This is the meaning of the "hikyaku spirit," which is carried in the hearts of everyone at Sagawa.
Sagawa Express operates 334 branches and offices throughout Japan, with more overseas, particularly in Asia. Their trucks are a ubiquitous presence in Japan and they are one of the country's preeminent providers of total distribution solutions. Sagawa was able to grow into such a successful company for no other reason than the strict observance of their motto, calling for "prompt, accurate and courteous" behavior in the way they work and live. It is a trademark of theirs that society has come to recognize and appreciate. At Sagawa, they have never let ourselves forget the original passion of their founder, as they continue to look to the future for new ways of adding value to the logistics business and better serving their customers.
March 1957: Kiyoshi Sagawa, the current Sagawa Express Group owner, started a courier business between Kyoto to Osaka in Kyoto.
April 1966: Sagawa Express Co, Ltd is established.
October 1978: The 100th branch is opened in Japan.
January 1985: National Freight Tracking System is launched.
October 1987: The 200th branch is opened in Japan.
September 1994: Business cooperation with (DHL) Japan, Inc starts.
August 1996: Two members of the Sagawa Express Athletic Team, Mr Oya (representing the Japan National Team) and Mr Hsu (representing the Taiwan National Team) participate in the Men's Marathon at the Atlanta Olympics.
August 1997: The 300th branch is opened in Japan.
January 1998: The Sagawa Art Museum is established.
March 1998: Door-to-door delivery service "Sagawa Express" is introduced. Sagawa Express Moriyama Athletic Stadium is opened.
June 1998: Sagawa Eco Project Committee receives the Environment Agency Director General's award for efforts in the prevention of global warming.
August 1998: The Sagawa Express Head Office, along with all 12 branches and 30 domestic offices acquire ISO9001 certification.
March 2000: "Hikyaku Moving Express" is introduced nationwide.
"International Hikyaku Express" is introduced nationwide.
"Hikyaku Cool (frozen) Express" is introduced nationwide.
"Time Selection Service (24 hour delivery)" is introduced nationwide.
April 2000: Business cooperation with Taiwan Hinschu Transport Co starts.
June 2000: New Cash On Delivery (COD) sale system "e-collect" starts nationwide.
August 2000: Another 104 offices acquire ISO9001 certification. Expanded total now includes 326 offices.
November 2000: Construction of Mail Center completed.
January 2001: Business cooperation with Kintetsu World Express Inc regarding international freight starts.
August 2001: Head office acquires ISO14001 certification.
May 2005: New airline established as Galaxy Airlines (GLX) to Venture into air freight transportation business.
July 2005: Galaxy Airlines (GLX) airplane livery design unveiled.
May 2006: Galaxy Airlines (GLX) is a cargo airline created by a Japanese logistics company, Sagawa Express. It was established with a capital of Y 300 million. It plans to expand its freighter fleet as its air cargo business develops.
Employees = 80.
Parent organization: Sagawa Express (90%); Japan Airlines (10%).
June 2006: A300F4-622R (872, JA01GX), delivery - see photo, ex-(F-WWAL).
November 2006: A300F4-622R (872, JA02GX), delivery - see photo, ex-(F-WWAF).
December 2006: Japan Airlines (JAL) and cargo start up Galaxy Airlines (GLX) signed a code share agreement under which (JAL) will place its code on Galaxy (GLX) flights from Tokyo Haneda to Kitakyushu and Naha. (JAL) also will buy space aboard Galaxy (GLX)'s A300s. (JAL) holds a 10% stake in Galaxy (GLX).