- Japan Air System
Japan Air System
Founded April 15, 1964 (as Japan Domestic Airlines) Ceased operations October 1, 2006 (merged into Japan Airlines) Hubs Tokyo Haneda Airport
Osaka Itami Airport
Secondary hubs Fukuoka Airport
New Chitose Airport
Focus cities Kansai International Airport
Narita International Airport
Frequent-flyer program JAS Mileage Service Airport lounge Rainbow Lounge Subsidiaries Japan Air Commuter
Hokkaido Air System
Fleet size 85 Destinations 46 Company slogan Good Speed Always Parent company Japan Air System Co., Ltd. Headquarters Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan Website www.jas.co.jp
Japan Air System Co., Ltd. (JAS) (日本エアシステム Nihon Ea Shisutemu ) (IATA: JD, ICAO: JAS, Call sign: Air System) was the smallest of the big three Japanese airlines, headquartered in the JAS M1 Building at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) in Ōta, Tokyo. In contrast to JAL and ANA, its international route network was very small, but its domestic network incorporated many smaller airports that were not served by the two larger airlines. It has since merged with Japan Airlines.
JAS was famous for its variety of aircraft liveries; Amy Chavez of The Japan Times described the rainbow liveries as "abstract." Many of its color schemes in the 1990s were designed by film director Akira Kurosawa.
The airline's slogan was "Good Speed Always".
- 1 History
- 2 Destinations Prior to Merger
- 3 Fleet
- 4 Subsidiaries
- 5 Credit cards
- 6 Accidents and incidents
- 7 Special liveries
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
On April 1, 1988 the current name Japan Air System (JAS) was taken.
Start of international service
In 1988 Japan Air System began service from Narita to Seoul, South Korea. In 1995 the airline had 99 domestic routes, some international routes, 64 offices in Japan, one office in Seoul, and one office in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China.
Boeing 777 livery design contest
In 1996, Japan Air System held a contest for designing the livery of the Boeing 777. The youngest entrant was three years of age while the oldest was 84. A total of 10,364 participants from 42 countries submitted entries. The judges included Akira Kurosawa, Masuo Ikeda, Kenshi Hirokane, Yoshiko Sakurai, and Yusuke Kaji (梶 祐輔 Kaji Yūsuke ). 13 year-old Masatomo Watanabe (渡部 真丈 Watanabe Masatomo ), a male second year (Grade 8) junior high school student living near Chitose Airport, won the award.
The Japan Air System Boeing 777, painted in Watanabe's design, premiered in April 1997 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Japan Air System.
Merge with Japan Airlines
In 2001, JAS agreed to merge with JAL.
On October 2, 2002, JAS and JAL established a new holding company which was called Japan Airlines System (日本航空システム Nihon Kōkū Shisutemu ) and they were reborn as the new Japan Airlines (JAL) group. Airplane liveries were changed to match the design of the new JAL group. At that time, the new JAL group was the sixth largest in the world by passengers carried and the third largest measured by revenue.
On April 1, 2004, Japan Airlines (old JAL) changed its name to Japan Airlines International and Japan Air System (JAS) changed its name to Japan Airlines Domestic. Japan Airlines System was renamed to Japan Airlines Corporation to make the most of the JAL brand. At the same time, all JAS flight codes, check-in desks and plane were unified into JAL, and the Japan Air System brand officially ceased to exist.
Destinations Prior to Merger
- Chiba Prefecture
- Tokyo Metropolis
- Osaka Prefecture
- Hyogo Prefecture
- Wakayama Prefecture
- Aichi Prefecture
- Ishikawa Prefecture
- Nagano Prefecture
- Niigata Prefecture
- Akita Prefecture
- Aomori Prefecture
- Iwate Prefecture
- Miyagi Prefecture
- Yamagata Prefecture
- Hiroshima Prefecture
- Okayama Prefecture
- Shimane Prefecture
- Memanbetsu (now Ozora)
- Sapporo (New Chitose Airport)
- Fukuoka Prefecture
- Kagoshima Prefecture
- Kumamoto Prefecture
- Miyazaki Prefecture
- Nagasaki Prefecture
- Oita Prefecture
- Ehime Prefecture
- Kagawa Prefecture
- Kōchi Prefecture
- Tokushima Prefecture
- Kagoshima Prefecture
- Okinawa Prefecture
People's Republic of China
- Airbus A300 family
- Boeing 777-200
- McDonnell Douglas MD-80/MD-90 family
- Douglas DC-9(Retired prior to the merge with JAL)
- Douglas DC-10  (Retired prior to the merge with JAL, sold to Northwest Airlines)
- NAMC YS-11 (later moved to subsidiary airlines)
Accidents and incidents
- July 3, 1971, Toa Domestic Airlines Flight 533: A NAMC YS-11A owned by Toa Domestic Airlines crashed into terrain, killing all 68 occupants.
- April 18, 1993, Japan Air System Flight 451: A Douglas DC-9-41 of Japan Air System, flying from Nagoya to Hanamaki, crashed after the aircraft, caught by windshear, skidded off of the runway. All of the passengers and crew survived.
- ^ a b c d "COMPANY INFORMATION." Japan Air System. November 6, 1999. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
- ^ Chavez, Amy. "Japan takes flight." The Japan Times. December 23, 2008. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ "World Airline Directory". Flight International. March 20, 1975. "505.
- ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 23–29, 1994. "Japan Air System" 95.
- ^ "Introduction to JAS." Japan Air System. November 7, 1996. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "No. 37 Mori Bldg., 3-5-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan." Address in Japanese: "東京都港区虎ノ門三丁目５番１号（第37森ビル）"
- ^ "The Boeing Company and Japan." Boeing. July 5, 2007. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ a b c "JAS [B777] Rainbow Design Competition." Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ "The course of the competition." Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ "It was a 13-year-old boy who gave JAS a fantastic present!." Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ "Rainbow Design Competition/Presenting the result." Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ a b "INTERNATIONAL TIMETABLE OCTOBER 1 - 31,1999."
- ^ a b c d e f "Month : 2001/2/1 - 2001/3/31 OKINAWA/AMAMIISLAND AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Month : 2001/2/1 - 2001/3/31 KYUSYU AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Month: 2001/2/1 - 2001/3/31 HOKKAIDO AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Month : 2001/2/1 - 2001/3/31 TOHOKU AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Month: 2001/2/1 - 2001/3/31 CHUGOKU/SHIKOKU AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Month: 2001/2/1 - 2001/3/31 KANTO AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b "Month: 2000/12/22 - 2001/1/8 KANSAI/KINKI AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b "Month: 2000/12/22 - 2001/1/8 CHUBU/HOKURIKU AREA." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e f "JAS International Timetable NOVEMBER 1,1999- MARCH 25,2000." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b c d e "International Flight Information (Effective October 29, 2000?`March 24, 2001)." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b "COMPANY NEWS; Japanese Give Boeing $820 Million Order." The New York Times. June 30, 1993.
- ^ a b c d e "Photo Gallery." Japan Air System.
- ^ a b "Japan Air System Accepts its First Pratt-Powered 777." PR Newswire.
- ^ "Gallery" (November 7, 1996). Japan Air System.
- ^ a b Airliner Color History: McDonnell Douglas DC-10. 80.
- ^ "2002/11/15 Interim Financial Information." Japan Airlines.
- ^ "See more articles from AP Online Japan Air System To Cut 1,000 Jobs ." Associated Press.
- ^ "Card" (Japanese). Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
- ^ 
- ^ http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19710703-0
- ^ http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19930418-0
- Archives of http://www.jas.co.jp/e_jashom.htm
- Archives of http://www.jas.co.jp/eng/index.htm
- Archives of http://www.jas.co.jp
- Gallery of JAS liveries
- A tale of many tails: the merger of Japan Airlines and Japan Air System makes perfect business sense, but commonality of equipment is a different matter. Air Transport World. April 1, 2003.
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