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JALways
JALways
Co., Ltd. (JAZ) (株式会社ジャルウェイズ, Kabushiki-gaisha Jaruweizu), formerly Japan
Japan
Air Charter Co., Ltd. (ジャパンエアチャーター株式会社, Japan
Japan
Ea Chātā Kabushiki-gaisha), was an international airline registered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan, with its headquarters and its main hub at Narita International Airport. The airline had a secondary hub at Osaka's Kansai International Airport. Its operations included scheduled and non-scheduled international passenger services to 15 high-density low yield tourist destinations in nine countries using a fleet of Boeing
Boeing
only aircraft wet-leased from Japan
Japan
Airlines. JALways
JALways
was founded as Japan
Japan
Air Charter on October 5, 1990 and began charter operations with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
on February 22, 1991. The airline obtained a license to operate scheduled services on July 30, 1999 and operated its first scheduled passenger service on October 1. On the same day, the airline changed its name to JALways. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999, JALways, together with its sister airlines within the JAL Group, carried over 32 million passengers and over 1.1 million tons of cargo and mail. JALways
JALways
was once a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan's flag carrier, Japan
Japan
Airlines, but on December 1, 2010 its operations were merged into those of its parent company.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Corporate affairs 3 Destinations 4 Fleet

4.1 Fleet history

5 JAL Mileage Bank 6 Incidents and accidents 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit]

JAL Narita Operation Center - JALways's headquarters

The airline was established on October 5, 1990, as Japan
Japan
Air Charter Co., Ltd. (JAZ), an 80 percent-owned low-cost charter subsidiary of Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines
(JAL), to operate leisure flights to Asia-Pacific resort destinations from regional airports in Japan; in response to a Ministry of Transport policy. JAZ obtained its aircraft from JAL; its cockpit crews were American contract pilots based in Hawaii
Hawaii
and its cabin crews were hired and based in Bangkok, where it operates a cabin crew training centre. JAZ obtained license to operate non-scheduled services on February 22, 1991 and operated its first charter flight from Fukuoka
Fukuoka
to Honolulu
Honolulu
with a McDonnell Douglas DC-10
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
on July 1. The airline celebrated its 100,000th passenger on July 9, 1993, in a ceremony held in Sendai.[2][3][4] During the 1990s, JAL was hit by the effects of Japan's recession, increased foreign competition and the strengthening of the Japanese Yen, JAZ was given a new role to help reduce costs. The airline obtained the license to operate scheduled services on July 30, 1999 and would operate as a scheduled carrier on a wet-lease basis for JAL. It would operate on high-density low yield tourist routes in the Asia-Pacific
Asia-Pacific
region, particularly the Japan– Hawaii
Hawaii
services; with a fleet of four McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and five Boeing
Boeing
747s. On October 1, the airline changed its name to JALways
JALways
Co., Ltd. and operated its first scheduled passenger service from Tokyo
Tokyo
to Kona and Honolulu.[2][3][4] JALways
JALways
became a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines
on March 9, 2001 through an exchange of shares. The change in ownership enabled JAL to consolidate and improve management and operational efficiency in the JAL Group's international passenger operations, part of the JAL Medium Term Corporate Plan 2000-2002.[5] The airline introduced new uniforms for its cabin crew on April 1, 2005, and retired its last McDonnell Douglas DC-10
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
on October 31.[2] JALways
JALways
became an affiliate member of Oneworld
Oneworld
on April 1, 2007, together with four of its sister airlines, in the alliance's biggest expansion in its young history.[6] As part of the JAL Medium Term Corporate Plan for 2005–2007, announced on March 10, 2005, the JAL Group accelerated the retirement of older Boeing
Boeing
747 aircraft. The airline operated its last Boeing 747-300 Classic Jumbo Jet as JALways
JALways
Flight 73 from Honolulu
Honolulu
to Tokyo on July 30, 2009; after 26 years of service to the airline group. The aircraft was draped in a giant Hawaiian lei before departure at Honolulu
Honolulu
International Airport; and the day was declared as "Japan Airlines Classic Jumbo Jet Day" by the State of Hawaii
Hawaii
Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor Duke Aiona
Duke Aiona
The aircraft was met on arrival in Tokyo
Tokyo
by the "Father of the 747", Mr Joseph F. "Joe" Sutter. A sell-out commemorative flight flew fans of the Boeing
Boeing
747-300 Classic Jumbo Jet from Tokyo
Tokyo
(Haneda) to Shimojishima on a round-trip day tour on July 5, 2009.[7][8] In May 2009, it was reported that the airline terminated the assignments of 130 American contract Hawaii-based Boeing
Boeing
747 pilots and closed its Oahu
Oahu
office. Japan-based JAL cockpit crew now operates the five daily flights previously operated by the JALways
JALways
crew.[9] Corporate affairs[edit] Prior to closing, its headquarters were on the third floor of the Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines
Narita Operation Center (日本航空成田オペレーションセンター, Nihon Kōkū Narita Operēshon Sentā) at Narita International Airport
Narita International Airport
in Narita, Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture
and its main hub at Narita International Airport.[10] Previously its headquarters were on the 23rd floor of the Spheretower Tennoz (スフィアタワー天王洲 Sufiatawā Tennōzu) in Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo.[11] Destinations[edit] Main article: JALways
JALways
destinations Until November 30, 2010, JALways
JALways
operated scheduled services to 12 international and 3 domestic destinations in 9 different countries and 3 different continents. Fleet[edit]

JALways
JALways
Boeing
Boeing
747-300

JALways
JALways
operated a fleet of Boeing
Boeing
747-400, Boeing
Boeing
767 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft, wet-leased from its parent, Japan
Japan
Airlines.[12] Fleet history[edit] Aircraft that has been in service with JALways
JALways
are (in alphabetical order):

Boeing
Boeing
747-200[2] Boeing
Boeing
747-300[4][8] McDonnell Douglas DC-10[2][4]

JAL Mileage Bank[edit] Main article: JAL Mileage Bank JAL Mileage Bank
JAL Mileage Bank
(JMB) is the travel rewards program of JAL Group, including Japan
Japan
Airlines, JALways, JAL Express, Japan
Japan
Transocean Air, Japan
Japan
Air Commuter, Hokkaido Air System
Hokkaido Air System
and Ryukyu Air Commuter. Incidents and accidents[edit] On August 12, 2005, JALways
JALways
Flight 58 operated by a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 from Fukuoka
Fukuoka
to Honolulu
Honolulu
experienced left-wing engine trouble shortly after takeoff. The aircraft immediately returned to Fukuoka Airport. Some engine parts fell on the Sharyo district of Fukuoka
Fukuoka
and several people were slightly injured and parked car windscreens damaged.[13] See also[edit]

Tokyo
Tokyo
portal Companies portal Aviation portal

Air transport in Japan List of airports in Japan List of Japanese companies Transport in Japan

References[edit]

^ 特別なお知らせ " Special
Special
News from JALways" (in Japanese) ^ a b c d e "Company Profile - History". JALways. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  ^ a b "JAL's Low Cost Charter Subsidiary Reborn as Scheduled Airline
Airline
- JALways" (Press release). Japan
Japan
Airlines. 1999-06-25. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  ^ a b c d "J-Air" (PDF). Flight International. Reed Business Information. 2004-03-23. p. 89. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  ^ "JAL Changes 80% Owned Airline
Airline
Subsidiary "JALways" to 100% Ownership" (Press release). Japan
Japan
Airlines. 2001-01-17. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  ^ " Japan
Japan
Airlines". ATW Daily News. Penton Media. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2009-09-12. [permanent dead link] ^ "JAL Medium Term Corporate Plan for 2005-2007" (PDF) (Press release). Japan
Japan
Airlines. 2005-03-10. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  ^ a b "JAL Retires Last 747 Classics" (Press release). Japan
Japan
Airlines. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  ^ " Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines
subsidiary JALways". ATW Daily News. Penton Media. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-09-12. [permanent dead link] ^ "Company Profile" () JALways. Retrieved on December 12, 2009. "Registered Office 4-11, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-chome,Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Japan
Head Office Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines
Narita Operation Center 3F, Narita International Airport, Narita, Chiba, Japan
Japan
282-8610" Japanese address (Archive): Registered office: "本店所在地 東京都品川区東品川2丁目4番11号" Headquarters: 〒282-8610 千葉県成田市成田国際空港内 日本航空成田オペレーションセンター3階." ^ "Company Profile" (). JALways. April 26, 2008. Retrieved on January 19, 2014. "Head Office Spheretower Tennoz 23F, 2-8, Higashi-Shinagawa 2-chome, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Japan
140-0002" Japanese address (Archive): "本社事業所 〒140-0002 東京都品川区東品川2丁目2番8号 スフィアタワー天王洲23階" ^ "Timetable - September 1, 2009 - October 24, 2009 - Hawaii, Oceania and Guam" (PDF). Japan
Japan
Airlines. 2009-08-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 12, 2012. Retrieved 2009-09-08.  ^ "Engine Trouble on JALways
JALways
Flight 58" (Press release). Japan Airlines. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 

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