Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) (日本航空株式会社 Nihon Kōkū Kabushiki-gaisha, es una aerolínea con sede en Shinagawa, Tokio, Japón. Es el portador de la bandera de Japón y sus hubs principales son Aeropuerto Internacional de Narita y Aeropuerto Internacional de Tokio Tokio (El aeropuerto de Haneda), así como Aeropuerto Internacional de Kansai de Osaka y el aeropuerto internacional de Osaka. The airline and three of its subsidiaries (J-Air, JAL Express, and Japan Transocean Air) are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.
JAL group companies include Japan Airlines for international and domestic services; JAL Express for international and domestic low-cost services; J-Air, Japan Air Commuter, Japan Transocean Air and Ryukyu Air Commuter for domestic feeder services; and JAL Cargo for cargo and mail services. JAL group operations include scheduled and non-scheduled international and domestic passenger and cargo services to 220 destinos en 35 países del mundo, including codeshares. The group has a fleet of 279 avión. In the fiscal year ended 31 Marzo 2009, the airline group carried over 52 millones de pasajeros y más 1.1 million tons of cargo and mail. JAL was established in 1951 and became the national airline of Japan in 1953. After over three decades of service and expansion, the airline was fully privatized in 1987. En 2002, the airline merged with Japan Air System, Japan’s third-largest airline and became the sixth largest airline in the world by passengers carried. The second largest in Japan, All Nippon Airways, is Japan Airlines’ main rival with fierce competition between the two airlines. Japan Airlines has been the focus of several television programs in Japan over the years, most being dramas revolving around cabin attendants. Attention Please was a drama in 1970 that followed the story of a young girl who joins JAL to be a cabin attendant while overcoming many difficulties. This show was remade in 2006 again as Attention Please starring Aya Ueto who joins a class of cabin attendant nominees and later graduates. Most of the action of the story of the 2006 series takes place at JAL’s Haneda flight operations headquarters. The series has had two specials since the original, marking the main character’s transition into JAL’s international operations.
Japan Airlines is currently an official sponsor of Japan Football Association, Japan national football team, Shimizu S-Pulse and Consadole Sapporo.
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