Japan Airlines

Established in 1951, Japan Airlines (JAL) became the official flag carrier two years later, and is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance. In 2009, it suffered steep financial losses despite being Asia’s largest airline by revenue, and cut staff and routes to prune expenses. However, it was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in January 2010, after losses of nearly ¥100 billion in a single quarter. JAL emerged from bankruptcy in March 2011, and in September 2012 JAL shares resumed trading on the Tokyo stock Exchange.

Flames were seen coming from the left engine of the Boeing 777, which had departed the airport soon after 11am. Photo: TBS News

Japan plane lands safely after engine flame seen at take-off

A Japan Airlines plane bound for New York has returned safely to a Tokyo airport after the pilot reported a bird strike to an engine during take-off.

Television footage showed red flame flickering from the left engine as the plane ascended from the runway.

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