Japan Air System Co., Ltd. (JAS) (日本エアシステム, Nihon Ea Shisutemu) (IATA: JD, ICAO: JAS, Name signal: Air System) was the smallest of the large three Japanese airways. In distinction to JAL and ANA, its worldwide route community was very small, however its home community included many smaller airports that weren’t served by the 2 bigger airways. As an impartial firm, it was final headquartered within the JAS M1 Constructing at Haneda Airport in Ōta, Tokyo. It has since merged with Japan Airways.

JAS was well-known for its number of plane liveries; Amy Chavez of The Japan Occasions described the rainbow liveries as “summary.” A lot of its coloration schemes within the 1990s had been designed by movie director Akira Kurosawa.[1]

The airline’s slogan was “Good Velocity All the time”.

Historical past[edit]

All MD-80 sequence plane that had been operated by Japan Air System; (Left to Proper) MD-90, MD-87, MD-81.

A Japan Air System MD90 with an Akira Kurosawa paint scheme, with one other JAS MD-90 (sporting one other livery) within the background


The corporate was initially shaped as Toa Home Airways (東亜国内航空, Tōa Kokunai Kōkū) (TDA) in a merger between Toa Airways and Japan Home Airways on Could 15, 1971.[2] It adopted the Japan Air System (JAS) title on April 1, 1988.[2]

Begin of worldwide service[edit]

In 1988 Japan Air System started service from Narita to Seoul, South Korea, and by 1993 JAS was additionally flying to Singapore and Honolulu.[3] In 1995 the airline had 99 home routes, some worldwide routes, 64 workplaces in Japan, one workplace in Seoul, and one workplace in Guangzhou, Individuals’s Republic of China.[2]

JAS entered right into a partnership with Northwest Airways in 1999 following a number of years of negotiations, permitting Northwest to codeshare on JAS home routes from Kansai Airport in Osaka and JAS to codeshare on Northwest flights between Japan and the US. On Northwest’s fifth freedom flights between Japan and Asia, JAS was restricted to codesharing on Northwest routes that JAS additionally had the authority to fly, akin to Tokyo-Seoul.[4]

Boeing 777 livery design contest[edit]

13-year outdated Masatomo Watanabe designed the livery of the Japan Air System Boeing 777

In 1996, Japan Air System held a contest for designing the livery of the Boeing 777.[5] The youngest entrant was three years of age whereas the oldest was 84.[6] A complete of 10,364 individuals from 42 international locations submitted entries.[6][7] The judges included Akira Kurosawa, Masuo Ikeda, Kenshi Hirokane, Yoshiko Sakurai, and Yusuke Kaji [ja] (梶 祐輔, Kaji Yūsuke).[6] 13-year-old Masatomo Watanabe (渡部 真丈, Watanabe Masatomo), a male second 12 months (Grade 8) junior highschool scholar residing close to Chitose Airport, received the award.[8] The Japan Air System Boeing 777, painted in Watanabe’s design, premiered in April 1997 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Japan Air System.[9]

Merger with Japan Airways[edit]

JAS A300-600R with JAL “Arc of the Solar” emblem on the physique

JAS and Japan Airways introduced their merger in November 2001. It was the primary main airline trade realignment in Japan in three a long time, and partly a consequence of the stoop in worldwide air site visitors following the September 11, 2001 assaults in the US.[10] On the time, JAL had solely a 25% share of the Japanese home air journey market, half that of rival All Nippon Airways, and noticed the merger as a method of offering stronger competitors to ANA domestically.[11]

JAS and JAL ready an built-in timetable in August 2002. On October 2, 2002, they established a brand new holding firm, Japan Airways System (日本航空システム, Nihon Kōkū Shisutemu), with Isao Kaneko as CEO. A brand new “Arc of the Solar” livery for the JAL group was introduced in September 2002 and the primary plane with the livery rolled out in November. On April 1, 2004, Japan Airways (outdated JAL) modified its title to Japan Airways Worldwide and Japan Air System (JAS) modified its title to Japan Airways Home, formally ending the JAS model.[12]

On the time of its integration into JAL, JAS operated Airbus A300, Boeing 777, McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and McDonnell Douglas MD-90 plane. Most continued flying as a part of the JAL fleet, however three A300s had been scrapped at Sendai Airport in 2002, whereas two others had been transferred to Fly Air in Turkey.[13]

Company affairs[edit]

The JAL Upkeep Middle, previously the company headquarters (JAS M1 Constructing)

Mori Constructing 37 in Tokyo, the place JAS as soon as had its headquarters

When Toa Home Airways was initially established on Could 15, 1971, its headquarters had been positioned on the Japan Airways Haneda Upkeep Middle (羽田日本航空メンテナンスセンター Haneda Nihon Kōkū Mentanensu Sentā) at Tokyo Worldwide Airport (Haneda Airport) in Ōta, Tokyo. On February 28, 1972, its headquarters had been moved to Mori Constructing No. 18 (第18森ビル, Dai-jūhachi Mori Biru) in Minato, Tokyo.[14][15] On July 31, 1990, the headquarters moved from Mori Constructing No. 18 to Mori Constructing No. 37 (第37森ビル, Dai-sanjūshichi Mori Biru),[16][17] positioned in Toranomon. On April 18, 1998, the top workplace moved to Haneda Upkeep Middle 1 (羽田メンテナンスセンター1, Haneda Mentanansu Sentā, or JAS M1 Constructing) at Haneda Airport.[2][18][19] On August 11, 2003, as JAS was being merged into Japan Airways, the JAS headquarters moved from Haneda Upkeep Middle 1 to the JAL Constructing in Shinagawa, Tokyo.[20]

Locations Previous to Merger[edit]


Kantō area[edit]

Kansai area[edit]

Chūbu area[edit]

Tohoku area[edit]

Chugoku area[edit]




Ryukyu Islands[edit]


 Hong Kong
 Individuals’s Republic of China
 South Korea
 United States

A Japan Air System Airbus A300

JAS MD-90 and 777 plane

Japan Air System had previously operated the next plane because it commenced operations:[33]



Bank cards[edit]

In affiliation with Visa, MasterCard, and Japan Credit score Bureau JAS had “JAS Card” bank cards. As well as JAS had “Sky Advantage” playing cards.[40]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Particular liveries[edit]

Japan Air System, for a interval, painted a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in a Peter Pan coloration scheme.[37]

See additionally[edit]


  1. ^ Chavez, Amy. “Japan takes flight.” The Japan Occasions. December 23, 2008. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d “COMPANY INFORMATION.” Japan Air System. November 6, 1999. Retrieved on January 13, 2009. “Headquarters: JAS M1 Bldg. 5-1 Haneda kuko 3-chome, Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-0041 Japan”
  3. ^ “1993 – JAS (Japan Air System) Timetables, Route Maps, and Historical past”. Airchive.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  4. ^ “Northwest Airways cements alliance with JAS”. Flightglobal. 16 June 1999. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  5. ^ “The Boeing Firm and Japan.” Boeing. July 5, 2007. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  6. ^ a b c “JAS [B777] Rainbow Design Competitors.” () Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  7. ^ “The course of the competitors.” () Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  8. ^ “It was a 13-year-old boy who gave JAS a incredible current!.” () Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  9. ^ “Rainbow Design Competitors/Presenting the outcome.” () Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  10. ^ Belson, Ken (13 November 2001). “Japan Airways and Japan Air System Take Merger Transfer”. New York Occasions. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  11. ^ “Japan Airways, JAS Reported Close to Merger”. Related Press. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  12. ^ “Historical past of JAL”. Japan Airways. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  13. ^ “Japan Air System (JAS) Fleet Particulars and Historical past – Planespotters.internet Simply Aviation”. Planespotters.internet. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  14. ^ “JAS 1971-1980.” Japan Airways. Retrieved on December 6, 2011. “[…]Japan Airways Upkeep Middle (9-1, 1-chome Haneda Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo)” and “[…]Mori Constructing No. 18 (28 Nishikubo Akefunecho, Minato-ku, Tokyo).”
  15. ^ “JAS 1971-1980.” (Japanese) Japan Airways. Retrieved on December 13, 2011. “[…]羽田日本航空メンテナンスセンター(東京都大田区羽田空港1丁目9番1号)” and “[…]第18森ビル(東京都港区西久保明舟町28番)”
  16. ^ “1981-1990.” Japan Airways. Retrieved on December 6, 2011. “Moved JAS headquarters from Mori Constructing No. 18 to Mori Constructing No. 37.”
  17. ^ “1981-1990.” (Japanese) Japan Airways. Retrieved on December 13, 2011. “本社を第18森ビルから第37森ビルへ移転。”
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  19. ^ “JAS 1991-2000.” (Japanese) Japan Airways. Retrieved on December 13, 2011. “虎ノ門第37森ビルから羽田メンテナンスセンター1へ。”
  20. ^ “JAS 2001-2004.” Japan Airways. Retrieved on December 6, 2011.
  21. ^ a b “INTERNATIONAL TIMETABLE OCTOBER 1 – 31,1999.”
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  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j ok l m “Month : 2001/2/1 – 2001/3/31 TOHOKU AREA.” Japan Air System.
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  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i j ok l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab “Month: 2001/2/1 – 2001/3/31 KANTO AREA.” Japan Air System.
  28. ^ a b “Month: 2000/12/22 – 2001/1/Eight KANSAI/KINKI AREA.” Japan Air System.
  29. ^ a b “Month: 2000/12/22 – 2001/1/Eight CHUBU/HOKURIKU AREA.” Japan Air System.
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  31. ^ a b c d e “Worldwide Flight Info (Efficient October 29, 2000?`March 24, 2001).” Japan Air System.
  32. ^ a b “COMPANY NEWS; Japanese Give Boeing $820 Million Order.” The New York Occasions. June 30, 1993.
  33. ^ https://www.planespotters.internet/airline/Japan-Air-System
  34. ^ a b c d e “Picture Gallery.” Japan Air System.
  35. ^ a b “Japan Air System Accepts its First Pratt-Powered 777.” PR Newswire.
  36. ^ “Gallery” (November 7, 1996). Japan Air System.
  37. ^ a b Airliner Colour Historical past: McDonnell Douglas DC-10. 80.
  38. ^ “2002/11/15 Interim Monetary Info Archived 2012-02-15 on the Wayback Machine.” Japan Airways.
  39. ^ “Japan Air System To Minimize 1,000 Jobs [dead link].” Related Press.
  40. ^ “Card” (Japanese). Japan Air System. Retrieved on March 1, 2009.
  41. ^ “Accident Database: Accident Synopsis 07031971”. Airdisaster.com. 1971-07-03. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  42. ^ “ASN Plane accident NAMC YS-11A-217 JA8764 Yokotsu Mt”. Aviation-safety.internet. 1971-07-03. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  43. ^ “ASN Plane accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-41 JA8448 Morioka-Hanamaki Airport (HNA)”. Aviation-safety.internet. Retrieved 2014-03-01.

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