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The Japan Airlines Sky Eco livery on a 777-300 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

A History of Japan Airlines

Aug. 1, 1951, Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded with ¥100 million in capital under chairman Aiichiro Fujiyama and president Seijiro Yanagida.  The airline started initially as an independent operation with scheduled domestic routes leasing aircraft from Norwest Airlines including the Martin 202 - a twin-engine piston-powered airliner - the Douglas DC-4, and a Douglas DC-3. The DC-3, named “Kinsei,” offered the first invitation flights departing out of Haneda Airport that flew around Tokyo on Aug. 27, 1951. By 1959, JAL…