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Japan is a constitutional monarchy in eastern Asia, comprising four large islands, as well as the Ryky Islands and more than 1000 lesser adjacent islands. It is bordered on the north by the Sea of Okhotsk, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the south by the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea, and on the west by the Korea Strait and the Sea of Japan. The Japanese islands extend in an irregular crescent from the island of Sakhalin (Russia) to the island of Taiwan. Japan proper consists of the large islands of Hokkaido, the northernmost; Honsh, the largest, called the mainland; Shikoku; and Kysh, the southernmost. The combined area of these islands is about 362,000 sq km (about 140,000 sq mi). The total area of Japan is 377,837 sq km (145,884 sq mi). Tokyo is Japan's capital and largest city
Latest updates

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February 2, 2017AirAsia Japan has delayed its start until 2017 [status change]
January 15, 2017New Japan Aviation was founded in Jul1969 & operates scheduled air service between Niigata and Sado Island [added]
December 20, 2016Air Do was founded on 11Nov1996 & operations started 20Dec1998 as Hokkaido International Airlines [added], Renamed to Air Do in Oct2012

Airline

Operating DatesStatus
A&F Aviation   

2011 - 2011

Renamed

^ Comments : peach was founded on 10Feb2011 as A&F Aviation & started operations on 01Mar2012. Renamed to peach in May2011

^ Genealogy : A&F Aviation >peachy

Air Central   

2005 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments : ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger of ANA's regional airlines, Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network

^ Genealogy : Naka Nihon Airlines (NAL) >Air Central + Air Nippon Network + Air Next =>ANA Wingsy

Air Do   

1998 - date

Active

^ Comments : Air Do was founded on 11Nov1996 & operations started 20Dec1998 as Hokkaido International Airlines, Renamed to Air Do in Oct2012. Domestic airline operating low cost services between Tokyo and Sappora

^ Genealogy : Hokkaido International Airlines >Air Doy

Air Dolphin   

2004* - 2006*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Air Hokkaido   

1994 - 2006

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Air Japan   

2001 - date

Active

^ Comments : Air Japan was established as World Air Network on 29Jun1990 & started ops on 30Jun1990. Ceased operation in Sep1995. In 2000, World Air Network was renamed Air Japan

^ Genealogy : World Air Network >Air Japany

Air Next   

2005 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments : ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger of ANA's regional airlines, Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network

^ Genealogy : Air Nippon Network + Air Central + Air Next =>ANA Wingsy

Air Nippon   

1987 - 2012

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Nippon started operations on 10Oct1974 as NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) & ceased on 01Apr2012 having been merged into ANA

^ Genealogy : NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) >Air Nippon >>ANA Wingsy

Air Nippon Network   

2002 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Nippon Network was formed by Air Nippon started in 2001. ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network

^ Genealogy : Air Nippon Network + Air Central + Air Next =>ANA Wingsy

Air Shenpix   

2002 - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Shenpix changed its name to Airtransse in Dec2004 and restarted operations on 13Mar2005

^ Genealogy : Air Shenpix >Airtranssey

AirAsia Japan   

2012 - 2013

Inactive

^ Comments : AirAsia Japan launched services on 01Aug2012 with a flight from Tokyo Narita to Fukuoka. Relaunched as Vanilla Air on 31Aug2013 & first flight was on 20Dec2013

^ Genealogy : AirAsia Japan >Vanilla Airy

AirAsia Japan (MkII)   

2017 >

Planned

^ Comments : AirAsia Japan has said that its start has been delayed until 2017

^ Genealogy :  y

Airtransse   

2005 - date

Active

^ Comments : Air Shenpix changed its name to Airtransse in Dec2004 and restarted operations on 13Mar2005

^ Genealogy : Air Shenpix >Airtranssey

AJV (ANA & JP Express)   

2006 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments : ANA & JP Express, a cargo airline linking Osaka and Tokyo to Seoul was merged into Air Japan in Jul2010

^ Genealogy : AJV (ANA & JP Express) >>Air Japany

Allex (All Express)   

2009 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Allex (All Express) >OCSy

Amakusa Airlines   

2000 - date

Active

^ Comments : Amakusa Airlines was founded on 09Oct1998 & launched services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto on 23Mar2000

^ Genealogy :  y

ANA (All Nippon Airways)   

1957 - date

Active

^ Comments : ANA (All Nippon Airways) was founded on 27Dec1952 & started operations on 15Dec1953 as Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co. On 03Mar1986, ANA started scheduled international flights [ANA was incorporated as NIPPON HELICOPTER and AEROPLANE COMPANY in 1952. In 1957 a merger with FAR EASTERN AIRLINES created ANA as the primary domestic carrier. Merged with KYOKUTO AIRLINES in 1958 and acquired FUJITA AIRLINES in 1963, NAKANIHON AIR SERVICES and CENTRAL JAPAN AIRLINES in 1965 and NAGASAKI AIRWAYS in 1967. International and regional passenger and cargo airline]

^ Genealogy : Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co + Far Eastern Airlines =>ANAy

ANA Wings   

2010 - date

Active

^ Comments : ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger of ANA's regional airlines, Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network

^ Genealogy : Air Nippon Network + Air Central + Air Next =>ANA Wingsy

Asahi Airways   

1986* - 1999*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Central Japan Airlines   

1965* - 1965

Renamed

^ Comments : Central Japan Airlines merged into ANA in 1965

^ Genealogy : Central Japan Airlines >>ANAy

China Airways   

1938 - 1939*

Status?

^ Comments : China Airways was formed in 1938 by the Japanese army

^ Genealogy : Huitong Airways >>China Airwaysy

CIAF-One   

1991* - 1992

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Dai-Nippon Airways (Greater Japan Air Lines)   

1938 - 1945

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airwaysy

Fair Inc.   

2000 - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : Ibex Airlines was formed in 1999 & operations started 07Aug2000 as Fair Inc. Renamed in Oct2004

^ Genealogy : Fair Inc. >Ibex Airlinesy

Far Eastern Airlines   

1957 - 1957

Renamed

^ Comments : Far Eastern Airlines was founded on 26Dec1952, but did not begin operations until 20Jan1954 [ANA was incorporated as JAPAN HELICOPTER and AEROPLANE COMPANY in 1952. In 1957 a merger with FAR EASTERN AIRLINES created ANA as the primary domestic carrier. Merged with KYOKUTO AIRLINES in 1958 and acquired FUJITA AIRLINES in 1963, NAKANIHON AIR SERVICES and CENTRAL JAPAN AIRLINES in 1965 and NAGASAKI AIRWAYS in 1967]

^ Genealogy : Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co + Far Eastern Airlines =>ANAy

FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines)   

2009 - date

Active

^ Comments : FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines) was established on 24Jun2008 as Suzuyo Air & renamed prior to start. FDA inaugurated its first flight on 23Jul2009

^ Genealogy : Suzuyo Air >FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines)y

First Flying   

1996^ - date

Active

^ Comments : First Flying was formed in 1996

^ Genealogy :  y

Fujita Airlines   

1952* - 1964

Renamed

^ Comments : Fujita Airlines (Fuji Airlines) was established on 13Sep1952. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

Fujita Airlines   

1963* - 1963

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Fujita Airlines >>ANAy

Galaxy Airlines   

2006 - 2008

Inactive

^ Comments : Galaxy Airlines was established on 17May2005 & started operations on 31Oct2006. Ceased on 05Oct2008

^ Genealogy :  y

Global Wings   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Great Northern Airways   

1937* - 1938*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Harlequin Air   

1997 - 2005

Renamed

^ Comments : Harlequin Air was founded by JAL operating international and domestic passenger services. Integrated back into parent company, having ceased operations on 30Apr2005

^ Genealogy : Harlequin Air >>JALy

Hokkaido Air System   

1998 - date

Active

^ Comments : Hokkaido Air System operations started on 15Mar1998

^ Genealogy :  y

Hokkaido International Airlines   

1991 - 2012

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Do was founded on 11Nov1996 & operations started 20Dec1998 as Hokkaido International Airlines, Renamed to Air Do in Oct2012. Domestic airline operating low cost services between Tokyo and Sappora

^ Genealogy : Hokkaido International Airlines >Air Doy

Huitong Airways   

1936* - 1938

Renamed

^ Comments : Huitong Airways was formed in 1936 by the Japanese army

^ Genealogy : Huitong Airways >>China Airwaysy

Ibex Airlines   

2004 - date

Active

^ Comments : Ibex Airlines was formed in 1999 & operations started 07Aug2000 as Fair Inc. Renamed in Oct2004

^ Genealogy : Fair Inc. >Ibex Airlinesy

Iki International   

2002* - 2003*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Iki International Airlines   

2005* - 2005*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Imperial Japanese Airways (KKKK)( Kokusai Koku Kabushiki Kaisha)( )   

1938* - 1938

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airwaysy

International Airlines   

1938* - 1938*

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airwaysy

JAA (Japan Asia Airways)   

1975 - 2008

Renamed

^ Comments : JAA (Japan Asia Airways) was established on 08Aug1975 & its last flight was on 31Mar2008 before being absorbed into JAL

^ Genealogy : JAA (Japan Asia Airways) >>JALy

JACO (Japan Cargo Airways)   

1963* - 1963*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic)   

2004 - 2006

Renamed

^ Comments : TDA is renamed to Japan Air System on 01Apr1988 & JAD on 01Apr2004

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

J-Air   

1996 - date

Active

^ Comments : J-Air was founded 08Aug1996 & commenced operations on 01Nov1996

^ Genealogy :  y

JAL (Japan Air Lines)   

1923* - 1953

Inactive

^ Comments : JAL (Japan Air Lines) was formed in 1923 by Seibei Kawanishi for operation of services to the holiday resort of Beppu on Kyushu Island. Preceded by Dai-Nippon Airways

^ Genealogy :  y

JAL (Japan Air Lines)   

1953 - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : JAL was established on 01Aug1951 & commenced operations on 25Oct1951 as Japanese Airlines

^ Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JALy

JAL (Japan Air Lines)   

2006 - date

Active

^ Comments : JAL was established on 01Aug1951 & commenced operations on 25Oct1951 as Japanese Airlines

^ Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JALy

JAL Cargo   

2003* - date

Active

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

JAL Express (JEX)   

1998 - 2014

Renamed

^ Comments : JEX is eastablished by JAL on 01Apr1997. Commenced operations on 01Jul1998 & merged into JAL on 30Sep2014

^ Genealogy : JAL Express (JEX) >>JALy

JAL International   

2004 - 2006

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JALy

JALWays   

1999 - 2010

Renamed

^ Comments : JALWays was formed in 1990 as Japan Air Charter, a charter division of JAL. Renamed in 1999 and became a scheduled carrier

^ Genealogy : >JALy

Japan Air Charter   

1991 - 1999

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Japan Air Charter >JALWays... >JALy

Japan Air Commuter   

1983 - date

Active

^ Comments : Japan Air Commuter was established in Jul1983 by Japan Air System & local municipalities in Kagoshima Prefecture. Operations started on 15Dec1983

^ Genealogy :  y

Japan Pacific Airlines   

(1998*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Japan Pacific Airlines   

1955* - 1955*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Japan Regional Airlines   

1999* - 2004*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Japan Universal System Transport (JUST)   

1991* - 1996*

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Japanese Airlines   

1951 - 1953

Renamed

^ Comments : JAL (Japan Air Lines) was formed as Japanese Airlines on 01Aug1951. Operated its first flight on 25Oct1951. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JALy

JAS (Japan Air System)   

1988 - 2004

Renamed

^ Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

JAT (Japan Air Transport Company)(NKYKK)   

1929 - 1938

Renamed

^ Comments : On 30Oct1928, the Japanese government established the Japan Air Transport Corporation (JAT)(NKYKK) as the national flag carrier

^ Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airwaysy

JATI (Japan Air Transport Institute)   

1922 - 1928

Renamed

^ Comments : Japan Air Transport Institute started operations on 03Nov1922. On 30Oct1928, the Japanese govt established JAT which absorbed JATI + 2 & began scheduled passenger ops in 1929

^ Genealogy : JATI >>JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + KKKK ( Kokusai Koku Kabushiki Kaisha) + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airwaysy

JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines)   

1964 - 1971

Renamed

^ Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

Jet8   

(2005)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Jetstar Japan   

2012 - date

Active

^ Comments : Jetstar Japan, a Joint venture between Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Mitsubishi Corporation, was launched on on 16Aug2011. Started operations on 03Jul2012

^ Genealogy :  y

JTA (Japan Transocean Air)   

1993 - date

Active

^ Comments : JTA (Japan Transocean Air) was founded in 1967 & operations started on 01Jul1967 as Southwest Air Lines. Rebranded as Japan TransOcean Air in Jul1993

^ Genealogy : Southwest Air Lines >JTAy

KAK (Kanki Airlines)   

1964* - 1964*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Kansai Airlines   

1963* - 1963*

Inactive

^ Comments : Kansai Airlines was a Japanese domestic airline, headquartered in Kyōbashi, Higashi-ku, Osaka

^ Genealogy :  y

Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines)   

1953* - 1964

Renamed

^ Comments : Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) was established on 30Jul1953. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

KNKKK (Kita Nipon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha)   

1921* - 1921*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Kobe Airlines   

2002 - 2003

Renamed

^ Comments : StarFlyer was founded as Kobe Airlines on 17Dec2002, with the intention of being based at the new Kobe Airport. The company changed its name to StarFlyer in May2003, and moved to Kitakyushu at the end of 2003. Low-cost passenger flights between Tokyo and Kitakyushu.

^ Genealogy : Kobe Airlines >StarFlyery

Kyokushin Air   

2008* - 2008

Inactive

^ Comments : Kyokushin Air ceased operations on 01Oct2008 due to financial difficulties

^ Genealogy :  y

Kyokuto Airlines   

1958* - 1958

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Kyokuto Airlines >>ANAy

Lequios Airways   

(2004*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

LINK Airs   

(2013)

Began?

^ Comments : LINK Airs was established on 05Apr2012. Filed for bankruptcy protection, failing to start operations on 10Dec2013

^ Genealogy :  y

LQS Airlines   

(****)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Manchurian Airways   

1932* - 1933*

Status?

^ Comments : Manchurian Airways was created in 1932 & was virtually controlled by the Japanese army

^ Genealogy :  y

Nagasaki Airways   

1961* - 2001

Renamed

^ Comments : Oriental Air Bridge was renamed from Nagasaki Airways (founded in 1961). Charters throughout southern Japan

^ Genealogy : Nagasaki Airways >Oriental Air Bridgey

Nagasaki Airways   

1967* - 1967

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Nagasaki Airways >>ANAy

Naka Japan Airlines (Naha Nihon Koku K. Kaisha) Kaisha)   

1964* - 1964*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Naka Nihon Air Lines (NAL)   

1991 - 2005

Renamed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Naka Nihon Airlines (NAL) >Air Central + Air Nippon Network + Air Next =>ANA Wingsy

Naka Nihon Air Service Co.   

1935* - 1965

Renamed

^ Comments : Naka Nihon Air Service Co. was formed on 04May1953

^ Genealogy : Nakanihon Air Services >>ANAy

NCA - New Central Airservice (ShinChuo Koku)   

1979* - date

Active

^ Comments : NCA - New Central Airservice was established on 15Dec1978 as a domestic scheduled and charter services out of Tokyo Chofu

^ Genealogy :  y

NCA (Nippon Cargo Airlines)   

1985 - date

Active

^ Comments : NCA (Nippon Cargo Airlines) was established as Japan’s first all-cargo airline on 21Sep1978. Operations started on 30Jun1985

^ Genealogy :  y

New Japan Aviation  added

1969* - date

Active

^ Comments : New Japan Aviation was founded in Jul1969 & operates scheduled air service between Niigata and Sado Island, as well as flight training and other services from its headquarters at Kagoshima Airport

^ Genealogy :  y

Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Transport Co.   

1953 - 1957

Renamed

^ Comments : ANA was founded as Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co. on 27Dec1952 & started ops on 15Dec1953

^ Genealogy : Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co + Far Eastern Airlines =>ANAy

Nippon Yuran Airlines   

Pre 1963

Renamed

^ Comments : Fujita Airlines , formerly known as Nippon Yuran Airlines was founded in 1952. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS... >JALy

Nitto Airlines   

1952* - 1964

Renamed

^ Comments : Nitto Airlines was established on 04Jul1952. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways)   

1974 - 1987

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Nippon started operations on 10Oct1974 as NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) & ceased on 01Apr2012

^ Genealogy : NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) >Air Nippon >>ANA Wingsy

NKYK (Nippon Koku Yuso Kenkyujo)   

late 1930s

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

OCS (Overseas Courier Services)   

1975* - date

Active

^ Comments : OCS was founded in 1975

^ Genealogy : Allex (All Express) >OCSy

Orange Cargo (OrangeCargo)   

2003 - 2004

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Oriental Air Bridge   

2001 - date

Active

^ Comments : Oriental Air Bridge was renamed from Nagasaki Airways (founded in 1961). Charters throughout southern Japan

^ Genealogy : Nagasaki Airways >Oriental Air Bridgey

Pacific Asia Airlines   

**** - ****

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Pan Asia Airlines   

(1998*)

Renamed

^ Comments : Solaseed Air was established in May2002 as Pan Asia Airlines. Started operations on 15Jul2002 as Skynet Asia Airways. Rebranded as Solaseed Air on 01Jul2011

^ Genealogy : Pan Asia Airlines >Skynet Asia Airways >Solaseed Airy

peach   

2012 - date

Active

^ Comments : peach was founded on 10Feb2011 as A&F Aviation & Renamed to peach in May2011. Started operations on 01Mar2012

^ Genealogy : A&F Aviation >peachy

Ryukyu Air Commuter  updated

1985 - date

Active

^ Comments : Ryukyu Air Commuter was formed in 1985 & operations started on 17Feb1985. Domestic passenger services from Okinawa Naha

^ Genealogy :  y

Sagawa Express   

(2006*)

Began?

^ Comments : Sagawa Express was formed in 2005 but never started operations

^ Genealogy :  y

Setouchi Seaplanes   

2016 - date

Active

^ Comments : Setouchi Seaplanes launched services in the early part of 2016

^ Genealogy :  y

Shinchuo Koku   

2002* - 2004*

Status?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Skymark Airlines (Sky Aeroplane)   

1998 - date

Active

^ Comments : Skymark Airlines was founded in 1996 & operations started on 19Sep1998 as a domestic airline linking Tokyo to the other three major cities in Japan.

^ Genealogy :  y

Skynet Asia Airways   

2002 - 2011

Renamed

^ Comments : Solaseed Air was established in May2002 as Pan Asia Airlines. Started operations on 15Jul2002 as Skynet Asia Airways. Rebranded as Solaseed Air on 01Jul2011

^ Genealogy : Pan Asia Airlines >Skynet Asia Airways >Solaseed Airy

Solaseed Air   

2011 - date

Active

^ Comments : Solaseed Air was established in May2002 as Pan Asia Airlines. Started operations on 15Jul2002 as Skynet Asia Airways. Rebranded as Solaseed Air on 01Jul2011

^ Genealogy : Pan Asia Airlines >Skynet Asia Airways >Solaseed Airy

Southern Cross Airlines   

(1998*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Southwest Air Lines   

1967 - 1993

Renamed

^ Comments : JTA (Japan Transocean Air) was founded in 1967 & operations started on 01Jul1967 as Southwest Air Lines. Rebranded as Japan TransOcean Air in Jul1993

^ Genealogy : Southwest Air Lines >JTAy

Spring Airlines   

2014 - date

Active

^ Comments : Spring Airlines Japan launched operations, linking Tokyo/Narita with Hiroshima, Saga, and Takamatsu on 01Aug2014

^ Genealogy :  y

StarFlyer   

2006 - date

Active

^ Comments : StarFlyer was founded as Kobe Airlines on 17Dec2002, with the intention of being based at the new Kobe Airport. The company changed its name to StarFlyer in May2003, and moved to Kitakyushu at the end of 2003. Low-cost passenger flights between Tokyo and Kitakyushu.

^ Genealogy : Kobe Airlines >StarFlyery

Suzuyo Air   

(2008*)

Renamed

^ Comments : FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines) was established on 24Jun2008 as Suzuyo Air & renamed prior to start. FDA inaugurated its first flight on 23Jul2009

^ Genealogy : Suzuyo Air >FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines)y

TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines)   

1971 - 1988

Renamed

^ Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >>JALy

Toa Airways   

1953* - 1971

Renamed

^ Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established asJDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 1971 through a merger of three feeder airlines, Nitto Airlines (founded 1952), Fujita Airlines (founded 1952) & Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) (founded 1953). JDA and Toa Airways(founded 1953) merged to create TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines) on 15May1971. Renamed to JAS (Japan Air System) on 01Apr1988. Merged into JAL in 2004 & renamed to current name

^ Genealogy : >JALy

Toho Air Service   

1960* - date

Active

^ Comments : Toho Air Service was established on 07Jul1960 to operate commuter helicopter service to link 6 major Izu islands on behalf of the Tokyo Metropolitan Islands Promotion Corp.

^ Genealogy :  y

Tozai Teiki Kokukwai   

1923* - 1929

Inactive

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Vanilla Air   

2013 - date

Active

^ Comments : AirAsia Japan launched services on 01Aug2012 with a flight from Tokyo Narita to Fukuoka. Rebranded as Vanilla Air effective 01Nov2013 & operated its first flights from Narita to Okinawa and Taipei on 20Dec2013

^ Genealogy : AirAsia Japan >Vanilla Airy

WAC   

(****)

Unconfirmed

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

World Air Network   

1990 - 1995

Renamed

^ Comments : Air Japan was established as World Air Network on 29Jun1990 & started ops on 30Jun1990. Ceased operation in Sep1995. In 2000, World Air Network was renamed Air Japan

^ Genealogy : World Air Network >Air Japany

Yokohama International Airlines   

(1998*)

Began?

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  y

Yokohama Koku Company   

1970* - 1972*

Status?

^ Comments : Yokohama Koku Company had a fatal accident in 1972 with a Cessna 402A

^ Genealogy :  y

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