Japan Airlines (JAL)

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JAL

   ICAO/IATA

JAL / JL

Country

Japan

Established

1951

Fleet size

158

Average age

12

Japan Airlines was established in 1951 in Japan. Japan Airlines operates 158 airplanes with average age of 12 years. The newest plane is built in 2017 and the oldest plane is built in 1995.

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL), is Japan's flag carrier airline and second largest in the country after All Nippon Airways. Japan Airlines is headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo and its main hubs include Tokyo International Airport and Narita International Airport, as well as Osaka International Airport and Kansai International Airport.

Japan Airlines group companies consist of Japan Airlines, JAL Express, J-Air, Japan Transocean Air, Japan Air Commuter and Ryukyu Air Commuter for domestic feeder services; along with JAL Cargo for mail and cargo services.

JAL group operations comprise scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international passenger and cargo services to a total of 220 destinations in 35 countries around the world, including codeshares. The group boasts a fleet of 279 aircraft. Japan Airlines, JAL Express, Japan Transocean Air and J-Air are members of Oneworld airline alliance network.

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines was established in 1951. In 1953 it became the national airline of Japan. After more than 3 decades of service and expansion, JAL was privatised in 1987. Five years later, the carrier merged with Japan's 3rd-largest airline, Japan Air System, and became the world's 6th largest airline by passengers carried.

Currently, Japan Airlines is an official sponsor of Japan national football team, Japan Football Association, Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse. The main competitor of JAL is All Nippon Airways, the largest carrier in Japan.

Japan Airlines Classes

  • Japan Airlines introduced new international First/Executive Class seats: JAL Suite for First Class features a seat 20% roomier than Skysleeper Solo in 1-2-1 configuration; and JAL Shell Flat Neo Seat for Executive Class Seasons, slightly revised version of airline's original Shell Flat Seat, with expanded center console and a wider seat; and the first in-flight photo art exhibit in the world, Sky Gallery. These seats, together with Premium Economy seats, debuted on August 1, 2008 on JAL Flights 5 and 6, operated on Tokyo–New York route. It then expanded to Tokyo–San Francisco and Tokyo–Chicago and Los Angeles. Since October 31, 2010, the new cabin is used on flights from Narita to Jakarta. 
  • In 2013, Japan Airlines debuted new versions of their economy/premium economy seats named Sky Premium/Sky Wider Economy. The Sky Premium seats have the same width as Sky Shell seats but with a 4-inch larger seat pitch of 42 inches and a 3-inch larger recline of up to 10 inches compared to a 38-inch pitch and 7-inch recline on Sky Shell seats. Sky Wider Economy seats have slimmer seats with 4 inches more legroom, as well as another inch of width and total up to 35 inches of seat pitch, and 19-inch width compared to the 31-inch pitch and 18-inch width of standard economy seats, as well as a larger PTV screen up to 11 inches. The newer 787's boast a new version of Sky Wider seats named Sky Wider II, with 5 inches more legroom and 2 inches more width and total up to 36 inches of seat pitch and a 20-inch width in less dense 2-4-2 setup instead of 3-3-3 setup used in 787's economy cabin.
  • Japan Airlines international services with existing cabins have the fully reclining First Class Skysleeper Solo/Skysleeper, Executive Class Seasons Shell Flat Seat/Skyluxe Seat, as well as Premium Economy Sky Shell Seat and Economy Class. First Class Skysleeper Solo reclines fully. It features genuine leather upholstery from Italy's Poltrona Frau. Executive Class Seasons Shell Flat Seat is lie-flat with the ability to lower armrests to the height of the seat when reclined. Carrier's Premium Economy was first introduced on Tokyo–London route on December 1, 2007. It boasts shell-shaped seat allowing passengers to recline via sliding their seat forward. The seat in front is not intruded when reclining.
  • On Japan Airlines domestic services, the carrier offers Economy Class, J Executive Class and First Class. The First Class seats are made from premium genuine leather with a width of around 53 cm (21 in) and seat pitch 130 cm (51 in). Class J offers ergonomically designed reclining seats which promote relaxation via allowing travelers to move naturally and maintain their balanced posture. JAL refitted its domestic fleet with leather seats along with in-flight wireless internet.

JAL travel classes

Baggage 

  • Carry-on baggage: Passengers may carry onboard 1 bag containing personal belongings (handbag, shopping bag, etc.) and 1 additional bag which meets the following requirements, with the total weight of both not exceeding 10kg (22 lbs). Length+Width+Height should not exceed 115 cm (45 in). In case passenger's baggage is oversized/overweight, or unable to be stowed in the cabin appropriately because of stowage limitations, it may have to be checked in cargo compartment at the boarding gate/cabin. Any electronic devices in checked baggage have to be switched off. Valuables shouldn't be included in checked baggage.
  • Checked baggage: Japan Airlines checked baggage allowances apply for operated by JAL/British Airways (Tokyo-London) flights.

Non-Members: First/Business Class passengers are allowed 3 bags up to 32 kg (70 lbs) each; Premium Economy/Economy Class passengers are allowed 2 bags up to 23 kg (50 lbs) each. Size requirement (Length+Width+Height) is 203 cm.

JGC Members/JMB Flyon Members: First/Business Class passengers are allowed 4 bags up to 32 kg (70 lbs) each; Premium Economy/Economy Class passengers are allowed 3 bags up to 32 kg (70 lbs) each.

Boarding 

Japan Airlines international flights boarding is conducted in the following sequence: 

  1. At first, the carrier pre-boards passengers who require special assistance, along with JAL Family service passengers plus pasengers flying with small kids.
  2. Priority boarding: following pre-boarding passengers are passengers in premier cabin and Frequent Flyer Program status members. 
  3. Next are passengers seated in rear cabin. In order to avoid congestion in the cabin, this is followed by seat numbers.
  4. All passengers: Japan Airlines recommend passengers be at boarding gate at least 30 minutes before departure.

Japan Airlines food and drinks

Food and Drinks

Japan Airlines provides meals on intercontinental flights, depending on the destination, flight length and cabin class. Japanese and Western menu selections are offered, including seasonal selections varied by destination. Japan Airlines has worked with world-renowned chefs, including Chikara Yamada, Fumiko Kono, Hiroki Yoshitake, Koji Shimomura, Naoki Uchiyama, Seiji Yamammoto and Shinichi Sato, in the creation of carrier's menus. In 2016, the airline launched a kids' menu created by Yamammoto, Yamada, Yosuke Suga and Kono.

TailManufacturerModelAge / BuiltDelivered
Boeing 777-289 22 / 1998 1998-04-27
Boeing 777-289 22 / 1998 1998-06-23
Boeing 777-289 22 / 1998 1998-09-02
Boeing 777-289 21 / 1999 1999-05-13
Boeing 737-846 14 / 2006 2006-11-14
Boeing 737-846 13 / 2007 2007-01-23
Boeing 737-846 (W) 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 (W) 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 (W) 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 13 / 2007 2007-10-21
Boeing 737-846 13 / 2007 2007-12-03
Boeing 737-846 13 / 2007 2008-01-14
Boeing 737-846 12 / 2008 2008-02-25
Boeing 737-846 (W) 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 12 / 2008 2008-04-10
Boeing 737-846 (W) 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 12 / 2008 2008-06-19
Boeing 737-846 12 / 2008 2008-08-21
Boeing 737-846 (W) 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 12 / 2008 2008-12-19
Boeing 737-846 (W) 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 11 / 2009 2009-03-11
Boeing 737-846 11 / 2009 2009-04-15
Boeing 737-846 (W) 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 (W) 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 11 / 2009 2009-09-23
Boeing 737-846 11 / 2009 2009-10-15
Boeing 737-846 11 / 2009 2009-12-23
Boeing 737-846 11 / 2009 2009-12-23
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-02-01
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-03-09
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-05-24
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-06-24
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-07-22
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-08-16
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-10-03
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-11-15
Boeing 737-846 10 / 2010 2010-12-12
Boeing 737-846 9 / 2011 2011-01-27
Boeing 737-846 9 / 2011 2011-02-13
Boeing 737-846 9 / 2011 2011-04-15
Boeing 737-846 9 / 2011 2011-04-19
Boeing 737-846 9 / 2011 2011-06-28
Boeing 737-846 9 / 2011 2012-01-25
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-01-31
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-04-19
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-05-31
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-06-21
Boeing 737-846 (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 (W) 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-07-18
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-08-03
Boeing 737-846 8 / 2012 2012-08-29
Boeing 737-846 7 / 2013 2013-09-26
Boeing 767-346ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 14 / 2006 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 10 / 2010 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346ER 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 18 / 2002 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246(ER) 16 / 2004 2004-04-13
Boeing 777-246ER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 16 / 2004 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 14 / 2006 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346(ER) 14 / 2006 2006-08-21
Boeing 777-346ER 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 12 / 2008 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346ER 11 / 2009 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246 17 / 2003 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246 15 / 2005 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246 13 / 2007 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 9 / 2011 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 8 / 2012 2012-03-26
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 8 / 2012 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing Charleston 787-8 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 6 / 2014 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing Charleston SC 787-8 Dreamliner 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 7 / 2013 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 5 / 2015 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 4 / 2016 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 3 / 2017 0000-00-00
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 3 / 2017 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-346 21 / 1999 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346 25 / 1995 1995-06-11
Boeing 767-346 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-289 24 / 1996 1996-12-03
Boeing 777-289 23 / 1997 1997-06-23
Boeing 777-289 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246 23 / 1997 0000-00-00
Boeing 777-246 23 / 1997 1997-05-14
Boeing 767-346 23 / 1997 1997-12-09
Boeing 767-346 22 / 1998 0000-00-00
Boeing 767-346 21 / 1999 1999-11-28
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