April 4, 1986 |
When All Nippon Airways, the world's sixth-largest airline in number of passengers, opens routes to Los Angeles and Washington in July--becoming Japan's second transpacific carrier--it intends to avoid stepping on the toes of Japan Air Lines. ANA President Taizo Nakamura, calling JAL his company's "elder brother," indicated that U.S. airlines will be ANA's principal competitive targets, especially on the Tokyo-Washington route.
March 18, 1986
The comprehensive interline marketing agreement provides for joint scheduling and passenger handling programs, frequent flyer program participation and cooperative promotional activities between Western Airlines and Japan Air Lines. The two airlines plan to align their flights for convenient connections at gateway cities and to develop a program that will allow passengers to transfer between the two airline systems as if they were one.
March 13, 1986 |
A flight attendant who survived the worst single-plane crash in history left the hospital today after seven months and flew again--on the same route that the ill-fated airplane followed when it hit a mountainside, killing 520 people. "I still want to fly," said Yumi Ochiai, 27. "And I still want to continue as a flight attendant." Ochiai boarded a commercial plane for the first time since JAL Flight 123 crashed in central Japan last Aug. 12, killing 520 of the 524 people aboard.
February 18, 1986 |
An inspection of five Boeing 747 jumbo jetliners operated by Japan Air Lines revealed about 80 cracks on each of them, the Transport Ministry said today. The check of the airline's five Boeing 747SRs serving its domestic routes was ordered by the ministry after last August's crash of another JAL airliner in which 520 people were killed. All five airliners are back in operation after undergoing repair, the ministry said.
December 31, 1985 |
Boeing announced Monday that it has received orders for 26 planes totaling nearly $2 billion from United Parcel Service and Japan Air Lines. UPS signed to buy 20 757-200 package freighters, with an option for an additional 15. The order, including options, was worth about $1.4 billion, Boeing spokesman Jim Boynton said. Meanwhile, JAL, which has purchased more Boeing 747s than any other carrier, signed an order for five more 747s and one 767-300. That order was valued at about $570 million.
December 19, 1985 |
New management took control of Japan Air Lines on Wednesday in a shake-up ordered by Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in the aftermath of the August crash of a jumbo jet that killed 520 persons. The new officials pledged to upgrade safety. About 700 shareholders of the troubled flag carrier appointed a new president, vice chairman and executive vice president during a special meeting that lasted more than two hours, the airline said.
December 18, 1985 |
The government ruled Tuesday that the partially state-owned Japan Air Lines must give up its 15-year-old monopoly on international passenger flights, opening the way for two other domestic airlines to compete overseas. Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone's Cabinet abolished a law that allowed the flag carrier exclusive rights to international air routes, officials said.
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November 24, 1985 |
A 12-year-old girl who survived history's worst single plane crash left a hospital in southern Japan Friday more than 100 days after her parents and sister were killed in the disaster. Keiko Kawakami became the last of four survivors of the Aug. 12 Japan Air Lines jumbo jet crash to be released from the hospital. Keiko received a bouquet of flowers from nurses before she was escorted out of the Matsue Red Cross Hospital in Shimane prefecture.
August 27, 1985 |
An "abnormal impact" aboard a Japan Air Lines jumbo jet triggered mechanical failures that caused the worst single-plane crash in history with the loss of 520 lives, a Transport Ministry report released today said. The 60-page report, however, said it is still unclear how the Boeing 747 malfunctioned or what the "impact" or its cause were. A Transport Ministry investigating committee drew up the report after analyzing the JAL jetliner's flight and voice recorders after the Aug. 12 disaster.
August 23, 1985 |
A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747-SR landed at Osaka on Thursday night with a cockpit warning light indicating rudder problems. Nearly two hours later, another jetliner made a one-engine emergency landing at Osaka, officials said. A JAL spokesman said that Flight 121 from Tokyo with 557 people aboard landed as scheduled just after a cockpit warning light indicated trouble in the upper rudder.