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.

Airbus secures 31-jet order from Japan Airlines, ending Boeing's dominance

The 31 wide-body A350 jets are the first planes JAL has ordered from Airbus. Photo: AFP

Airbus announced its first jet order from Japan Airlines (JAL) yesterday, breaking open the last big aviation market dominated by Boeing in a move that suggests the US company may pay for the troubled debut of its 787 Dreamliner.

Tuesday, 8 October, 2013, 1:58am

Check-in revolution awaits fliers

Japan Airlines has been a pioneer in rolling out self check-in terminals for domestic flights at airports across its home market. Photo: AFP

Airport operations across the globe are set to be transformed over the next two years thanks to new technologies that aim to make journeys user-friendly rather than frustrating.

11 Jun 2013 - 3:25am

Japan Airlines halts 787 flight after battery pressure sensor problem

A newly delivered Boeing 787 Dreamliner is seen at Tokyo's Haneda airport in Tokyo last week. Photo: AFP

Japan Airlines said it halted a scheduled 787 Dreamliner flight on Sunday after engineers detected a faulty pressure sensor in one of its newly reinforced lithium-ion batteries, replacing the aircraft with an older 767.

7 May 2015 - 3:24pm

Briefs, January 14, 2013

Kachin rally outside Myanmar's embassy in Bangkok. Photo: EPA

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 suffered a fuel spill for the second time in a week, a report said. The latest incident happened at Tokyo's Narita Airport, Jiji Press newswire reported, while the aircraft was being checked following a fuel spill on Tuesday in Boston. The airline could not be reached for comment. On Friday, US regulators announced an in-depth safety review of the 787 Dreamliner after a recent spate of incidents involving the new hi-tech aircraft.

14 Jan 2013 - 7:07am

Questions are being asked about David Perry QC

Alex Molyneux reheated

The news that the Prosecutions Department has briefed England's David Perry QC to prosecute the corruption trial of former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and the Kwok brothers has raised eyebrows in legal circles, not because Perry is other than an excellent choice, but because it smacks of favouritism.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:07am 1 comment

Business Digest, November 3, 2012

Cargo unit weighs on Singapore Airlines net

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3 Nov 2012 - 3:22am

Kyocera founder Kazuo Inamori builds success on Buddhist beliefs

As Japanese cars were being overturned on the streets of Chinese cities in September and employees at Japanese-owned factories staged shop-floor demonstrations, the atmosphere at Chinese plants operated by Kyoto-based Kyocera was very different.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:01am

Inflight peeping Tom escapes justice in Japan after crossing boundaries

A peeping Tom who used a camera disguised as a pen to photograph up a cabin attendant's skirt has avoided charges after Japanese prosecutors failed to decide which legal jurisdiction the plane was flying over at the time, reports said.

The 34-year-old man stretched out his hand with thespy camera to take the shot while he sat in his seat, the Asahi news website said yesterday.

15 Oct 2012 - 4:09am

Yoshiharu Ueki eyes China growth for JAL

JAL president Yoshiharu Ueki, a former pilot, says one of his flying highlights was landing at the old Kai Tak airport. Photo: Bloomberg

As a commercial pilot, Yoshiharu Ueki had the challenge of safely navigating through sometimes tempestuous skies. As president of Japan Airlines, the nation's flag carrier, the challenges he faces now can be just as turbulent.

Japan Airlines (JAL), which sought bankruptcy protection in 2010, was relisted on the stock exchange in Tokyo last month despite the weak market environment.

1 Oct 2012 - 2:43am

JAL shares climb on return to market

Japan Airlines rose as much as 3 per cent on its return to trading in Tokyo following a 663 billion yen (HK$65.34 billion) initial public offering, making it Asia's third-biggest carrier by market value.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:58am

Talking points

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

Chief secretary holds meetings in Macau

19 Sep 2012 - 2:31am

Budget rivals undercut Japan Airline's IPO perk of discounted flights

JAL is relisting on September 19.

The rise of budget carriers is undermining a perk for retail investors in Japan Airlines' 663 billion yen (HK$65.4 billion) initial public offering - cheap tickets.

Individual investors, who held 59 per cent of JAL shares before its 2010 bankruptcy and delisting, are being offered discount coupons as the carrier holds the biggest offering worldwide since Facebook.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:18am

Japan Airlines plans 2nd largest IPO of 2012

Photo: AFP

Japan Airlines said on Thursday it would raise up to 663 billion yen (US$8.4 billion) in its initial public offering (IPO) after setting the indicative price range for what will rank as the world’s second-largest IPO this year after Facebook.

30 Aug 2012 - 5:28pm

Lai See

Lights go out an hour earlier to show that AIA 'loves the earth'

We reported yesterday that an elderly shareholder had chided AIA at its AGM on Thursday about the neon sign on top of its North Point headquarters. He claimed the sign was lit up from dusk till dawn and asked that it be turned off at 11pm 'to show we love the earth.'

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Japan Airlines to suspend flights from Narita

Japan Airlines will temporarily suspend flights between Hong Kong and Tokyo's Narita airport for three weeks starting from April 6 because of the fall in passenger demand following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. A total of 42 JAL flights will be cancelled until April 27. Services between the city and Tokyo's Haneda airport have so far been unaffected.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am