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FORMED IN 1997 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1998. LOW COST NO-FRILLS SUBSIDIARY OF JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL). DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
TERMINAL BUILDING 4F
3-3-2 HANEDA KUKO
TOKYO 144-0041, 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.
MARCH 1999: BASED AT OSAKA ITAMI AIRPORT.
BEGAN SERVICES WITH 2X-DAILY OSAKA TO MIYAZAKI AND KAGOSHIMA. FLIES TO KYUSHU.
-20% JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) OVERHEAD COSTS.
WILL EXPAND WITH MORE 737-400, 150 PAX, AND EARLIER INTRODUCTION OF 767'S.
JULY 1999: 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
STARTS NEW ROUTES: OSAKA ITAMI TO KUMAMOTO, AND OITA TO NAGASAKI, ALL IN KYUSHU.
NOVEMBER 1999: IN JANUARY 2000, SENDAI TO OSAKA (ITAMI)/SAPORRO (NEW CHITOSE) (737-400, 2X-DAILY).
JANUARY 2000: JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) PLANS BY THE END OF MARCH 2001 TO PLACE +4 737-400'S AT (JAL) EXPRESS (JEX). CURRENTLY 4 737-400'S (27916; 27917; 28087; 29864).
APRIL 2000: (email@example.com).
AUGUST 2000: BY THE END OF APRIL 2001, JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL) WILL TRANSFER ALL ITS 737-400'S TO (JAL) EXPRESS (JEX). CAPTAINS WILL BE EX-PATRIOT PILOTS (FC). MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING BY JAPAN TRANSOCEAN AIR (SWL).
MARCH 2001: IN APRIL 2001, NAGOYA TO KAGOSHIMA (737-400, 2X-DAILY), TAKEN OVER FROM JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL).
October 2002: Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport is emphasizing development of the new, Centrair international airport to open in Nagoya in 2005, and upgrades to Tokyo's Haneda airport, in its $4.1 billion airport improvement budget for 2003. $1.1 billion is for construction of a 4th runway at Haneda (Asia's busiest airport, even though it serves mainly domestic Japanese routes. $388 million has been allocated for Aichi-Japan International Airport - Centrair. Other major projects include $114 million for Narita, and $367 million for a 2nd runway for Osaka Kansai International Airport. Other funding goes for noise abatement, and air traffic control upgrades.
February 2003: As part of the Japan Airlines (JAL)/Japan Air System (JAS) merger, both have split flights at 9 domestic airports where they both operate. (JAS) will operate all flights from Akita, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Kochi. (JAL) and its (JAL) Express (JEX) subsidiary, will fly from Naha and Komatsu.
March 2003: In April 2003, Osaka (ITM) to Matsuyama.
November 2004: (http://www.jal.co.jp/jex).
In February 2004, Tokyo (NRT) to Nagoya (Chubu/Centrair).
May 2006: (JAL) Express (JEX) operates low-cost, domestic services linking Osaka with Kobe, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Oita, Sapporo, and Sendai.
Employees = 357 (including 150 Flight Crew (FC); & 156 Cabin Attendants (CA)).
Owners/Shareholders: Japan Airlines (JAL) (100%).
(IATA) Code: JC. (ICAO) Code: JEX - (Callsign - JANEX).
Main Base: Osaka Itami Airport (ITM).
Domestic, scheduled services: Kumamoto; Nagasaki; Nagoya; Oita; Osaka; Sapporo, & Sendai.
June 2006: Japan Airlines (JAL) at a meeting in Paris, received a formal invitation to join the Oneworld (ONW) alliance, 7 months after the world's largest unaligned carrier announced its intentions. The mainline will be integrated by early next year and (JAL)/(JAS) Group members JALways (JAI), Japan Asia Airways (JAA), (JAL) Express (JEX), J-Air and Japan Transocean Air (SWL) will join as affiliate members. American Airlines (AAL) is (JAL)'s principal sponsor, assisted by Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT). (JAL) and its affiliates will add 47 destinations to (ONW)'s network.
"(JAL) and (ONW) have been able to conclude all necessary membership agreements extremely speedily, which signals excellent working relationships going forward," (JAL) (CEO), designate Haruka Nishimatsu said.
(JAL) already has interline e-ticketing agreements in place with (AAL) and British Airways (BAB) and will link up with (CAT) within months. Remaining members, plus new recruits Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) and Royal Jordanian (RJA), will be online by the time (JAL) joins next year. (ONW) said it is the only alliance with interline e-ticketing among all its members.
Following the Star Alliance (SAL)'s lead, (ONW) will consolidate its operations at Tokyo Narita's Terminal 2. Most members of (SAL) will operate out of T1. Qantas (QAN) and (JAL) already are housed in T2, and (AAL), Cathay (CAT) and Finnair (FIN) will relocate from T1 in 2007 and build their own lounges. (BAB) will remain in T1.
Narita spent $10 million to upgrade T2 last year. A $170 million investment starting this year will include a refurbishment of the check-in and security screening area, more user-friendly flight information displays, increased shopping areas and 2 new gates, bringing T2's total to 30.
February 2007: Oneworld (ONW) confirmed that Royal Jordanian (RJA), Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), and Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA) will join the alliance as full members on April 1. 5 additional subsidiaries of (JAL) Group (JAL)/(JAS) will join the same day as affiliates: JALways (JAI), Japan Asia Airways (JAA), (JAL) Express (JEX), J-AIR and Japan Transocean Air (SWL). At the same time, Aer Lingus (ARL) will withdraw from the alliance. 3 other airlines are lining up to join as affiliates in 2007: Dragonair (DRG), LAN Argentina (LNR), and (LAN) Ecuador (LNE). The membership changes will expand (ONW)'s reach to almost 700 airports, nearly 150 countries and 9,000 daily departures by around 2,500 airplanes.
May 2007: On June 1st will discontinue Kobe to Sendai. On July 1st, will discontinue Kobe to Kumamoto.
March 2008: Japan Airlines (JAL) parent JAL Group (JAL)/(JAS) in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 to 2010 "Medium Term Plan" raised its profitability target for its 2010 to 2011 fiscal year to +¥96 billion/+$932 million from +¥88 billion in last year's "Medium Term Plan." The decision to increase the target is owing to early successes in its ongoing restructuring program, which also contributed to its raising its operating profit forecast for the current year ending March 31 to +¥48 billion from +¥35 billion. Over the period of the plan, (JAL)/(JAS) will retire 46 airplanes, including 747-200s and MD-81s, while adding 65 777s, 737-800s and 787s. As of March 31, 2011, the fleet will number 291 airplanes, up from 272 today.
(JAL)/(JAS) also expects to expand the use on international and domestic routes of subsidiaries JALways (JAI), (JAL) Express (JEX) and J-AIR, which have overhead costs approximately -10% lower than the mainline. (JAL) Express (JAI) currently serves domestic routes, but in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, will start operating 737-800s internationally, primarily to China. J-AIR, which operates regional jets domestically, will expand operations with E170s in (FY) 2008. The group's strategy is focused on high-growth, high-profit markets. A key platform is the accelerated roll out of new first (F) and business class (C) seats on international services, along with premium economy. As previously announced, it plans to reduce staff numbers from 53,100 at the end of (FY) 2006 to 48,800 by the end of (FY) 2008.
May 2008: Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the following policies that will take effect when Tokyo Haneda's 4th runway opens in 2010, the Center for Asia Pacific Aviation reported: Night curfew will be reduced to 10 pm from 11 pm, to "allow more convenient schedules for USA and European flights," international slots will be restricted to 30,000 until October 2010, and eventually will increase to 60,000, with new slots going to "expansion of Asian city routes where business need is strongest," and domestic slots will double to 20,000 annually.
January 2009: (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) each released plans for their fiscal years beginning April 1 that feature network cutbacks and a greater focus on operational efficiency. (ANA) said it intends to "minimize the risk of falling revenue" and is focusing on opportunities "afforded by the expansion" of Tokyo Haneda and Narita (NRT) in 2010. International capacity is expected to fall -8% (ASK)s in the upcoming fiscal year while domestic (ASK)s decline -4.3%. (ANA) will suspend flights from Nagoya to Tainjin and Guangzhou from March 29 and temporarily suspend and/or decrease frequency on five other Asian routes. 6 additional services, including flights from (NRT) to Washington Dulles, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt, will be operated with smaller airplanes.
Domestically, (ANA) faces intense competition from the Shinkansen bullet train and will continue to massage its Japanese operation with route changes and a greater focus on connecting flights and code shares. (ANA) launches service at the new Shizuoka Airport on June 4 and will fly daily to Sapporo and Okinawa. Kobe to Sendai service will be suspended on April 1. In addition, (ANA)'s Okinawa cargo hub is scheduled to be operational in October. Cargo capacity (ATKs) in 2009 to 2010 is expected to increase +30.6% year-over-year. (ANA) will take delivery of 17 airplanes during the fiscal year, including its 1st 787 in February 2010. (ANA) will retire 7.
(JAL), meanwhile, promised a "bold review of its network" as a result of "weak demand" and said it will increase the role of its (JAL) Express (JEX) and J-AIR subsidiaries, with the former flying internationally for the 1st time. (JAL) will suspend its daily Osaka Kansai (KIX) to London Heathrow service on March 29, launch a daily (NRT) to (KIX) connection service and adjust several other long-haul routes while down-gauging equipment on +7 more. (JAL) Express (JEX) will begin flying from (NRT) to Hangzhou and from (KIX) to Hangzhou and Shanghai on May 8. (JAL) will suspend 5 domestic routes from (KIX) and end service on 7 cargo routings.
March 2009: JAL Express (JEX) is an affiliate member of the Oneworld (ONW) alliance.
The Japanese economy shrank -13% last quarter, the most since 1974.
December 2010: 737-846 (CFM56-7B) (40349, JA-334J), delivery.
January 2011: 2 737-846s (40350, JA-335J; 40351, JA336J), deliveries.
January 2012: 737-846 (40356, JA341J) delivery.
July 2012: 737-846 (35355, JA326J; 35356, JA327J; 39194, JA347J; 40947, JA345J; 40948, JA846J), sold to JS Aviation and leased back.
May 2013: 737-846s (35358, JA329J; 40354, JA339J) both repainted to special "Tokyo Disney Resort 30th, The Happiness Year" colors.
June 2013: 737-846 (35348, JA319J), (SMBC) Aviation Capital leased.
March 2014: (JAL) Express ((IATA) Code: JC, based at Osaka Itami) (JEX) is to be dissolved following the recent announcement of a merger with parent, (JAL)/(JAS) - Japan Airlines (JL, Tokyo Haneda). In a press statement, (JAL)/(JAS) said the decision to absorb its domestic subsidiary was taken at a recent group board meeting.
(JAL)/(JAS) says the move will help stabilize its domestic business by better matching capacity to demand. (JAL) Express (JEX) operates 41 737-800s
The merger is set for completion on October 1 of this year.
March 2018: "Government, Local Municipalities Approve Tokyo Narita Third Runway" by Adrian Schofield, (ATW) Daily News, March 15, 2018.
Tokyo Narita Airport has taken an important step in its efforts to add a 3rd runway and extend operating hours, after gaining clearance for its plans from local authorities. The expansion was approved during a meeting between the Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA), the central government, the Chiba prefecture, and local municipalities, according to Japanese media reports.
The (NAA)'s latest expansion plans have been under discussion with local groups since at least 2016. Runway construction and potential expansion at Narita have been hugely controversial topics in previous years, and gaining approval from local government and communities is a key milestone.
Narita currently has 2 parallel runways, designated A and B. Runway A is 4,000 m long/2.5 miles, and runway B is 2,500 m. The (NAA)'s plan calls for construction of another parallel runway, designated runway C, by about 2028. This would be 3,500 m long. The airport also proposes extending Runway B to 3,500 m to allow it to handle larger aircraft.
The airport currently operates from 6 am to 11 pm, although aircraft can land until midnight in certain circumstances. The proposed changes would extend operating hours to 5 am to 12.30 am.
Expansion at Narita is needed because the airport is increasingly congested during peak hours, and boosting its capacity will help it compete against connecting hubs in other Asian cities.
The Japanese government has ambitious plans to boost inbound arrivals to Japan by 2020, when the "Olympics" are due to be held in Tokyo. The Narita runway construction is unlikely to help with the 2020 goal, although another tourism growth target has been set for 2030. Short-term airport measures are also underway, including easing airspace restrictions at Tokyo Haneda Airport, and building high-speed runway exits at Narita.
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0 737-446 (CFM56-3C1) (2718-27916, /95 JA8991; 2729-27917, /95 JA8992; 2812-28087, /96 JA8993; 2907-28097, /97 JA8994; 2911-28831, /97 JA8995; 2953-28832, /97 JA8996; 28830, /98 JA8998; 3111-29864, /99 JA8999), (JAL) LEASED. 150Y.
1 737-846 (CFM56-7B24) (35348, JA319J), (SMBC) AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2013-06.
8 737-846 (CFM56-7B24) (2395-35355, /07 JA326J; 3201-35356, /10 JA327J; 3315-35358, /10 JA329J; 4062-40947, /12 JA345J; 4091-40948, /12 JA846J; 4104-39194, /12 JA347J; 4122-40353, /12 JA348J; 4152-40950, /12 JA349J), SOLD TO (JS) AVIATION & LEASED BACK 2012-07. WITH WINGLETS. 20C, 145Y.
5 737-846 (CFM56-7B24) (35351, JA322J; 40348, JA333J; 3489-40349, /10 JA334J; 3525-40350, /11 JA335J; 3543-40351, /11JA336J), WITH WINGLETS. 176Y
2 737-846 (CFM56-7B24) (3687-40354, /11 JA339J; 3906-40356, /12 JA341J), WITH WINGLETS. 20C, 145Y.
? ORDERS 767, EX-(JAL):
0 MD-81 (JT8D-217A) (2040-53297, /93 JA-8552), TRANSFERRED FROM (JAS) 2005-03. (JAL) LEASED. 163Y.
JUNTARO SHIMIZU, CHAIRMAN.
RYUZO TOYOSHIMA, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
CHICHIRO AKITA, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR.
S OKUNO, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, SAFETY, ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
HIDEHARU FUNAKOSHI, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MASAAKI NAGAO, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (email@example.com)
N TSUJIMOTO, 737 CHIEF PILOT.
MORIO NAKAI, CORPORATE AUDITOR.