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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

 

June 14, 2017

Air Amami is a planned passenger carrier to be based out of Kagoshima (KOJ) & intends to start in 2019 [added]

February 2, 2017

AirAsia Japan has delayed its start until 2017 [status change]

January 15, 2017

New Japan Aviation was founded in Jul1969 & operates scheduled air service between Niigata and Sado Island [added]

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

A&F Aviation   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2011 - 2011
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : A&F Aviation >peach
Comments : peach was founded on 10Feb2011 as A&F Aviation & started operations on 01Mar2012. Renamed to peach in May2011
Air Amami  added
Status : Planned

Dates :

2019 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Amami is a planned passenger carrier to be based out of Kagoshima (KOJ) & intends to start in 2019
Air Central   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2005 - 2010
Airline Code : NV : CRF
Genealogy : Naka Nihon Airlines (NAL) >Air Central + Air Nippon Network + Air Next =>ANA Wings
Comments : ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger of ANA's regional airlines, Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network
Air Do   
Status : Active

Dates :

1998 - date
Airline Code : HD : ADO
Genealogy : Hokkaido International Airlines >Air Do
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
Air Dolphin   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

2004* - 2006*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Air Hokkaido   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1994 - 2006
Airline Code : -- : ADK
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Air Japan  updated
Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Airline Code : NQ : AJX
Genealogy : World Air Network >Air Japan
Comments : Air Japan was established as World Air Network on 29Jun1990 & started operations on 30Jun1990. Ceased operation in Sep1995. In 2000, World Air Network was renamed Air Japan. Subdiduary of ANA operating low cost international scheduled services.
Air Next   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2005 - 2010
Airline Code : 7A : NXA
Genealogy : Air Nippon Network + Air Central + Air Next =>ANA Wings
Comments : ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger of ANA's regional airlines, Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network
Air Nippon   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1987 - 2012
Airline Code : EL : ANK
Genealogy : NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) >Air Nippon >>ANA Wings
Comments : Air Nippon started operations on 10Oct1974 as NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) & ceased on 01Apr2012 having been merged into ANA
Air Nippon Network   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2002 - 2010
Airline Code : EH : AKX
Genealogy : Air Nippon Network + Air Central + Air Next =>ANA Wings
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
Air Shenpix   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2002 - 2004
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Shenpix >Airtransse
Comments : Air Shenpix changed its name to Airtransse in Dec2004 and restarted operations on 13Mar2005
AirAsia Japan   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2012 - 2013
Airline Code : JW : WAJ
Genealogy : AirAsia Japan >Vanilla Air
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
AirAsia Japan (MkII)  updated
Status : Planned

Dates :

2017 >
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : AirAsia Japan has said that its start has been delayed until 3Q2017
Airtransse   
Status : Active

Dates :

2005 - date
Airline Code : -- : TSQ
Genealogy : Air Shenpix >Airtransse
Comments : Air Shenpix changed its name to Airtransse in Dec2004 and restarted operations on 13Mar2005
AJV (ANA & JP Express)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2006 - 2010
Airline Code : 9N : AJV
Genealogy : AJV (ANA & JP Express) >>Air Japan
Comments : ANA & JP Express, a cargo airline linking Osaka and Tokyo to Seoul was merged into Air Japan in Jul2010
Allex (All Express)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2009 - 2010
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Allex (All Express) >OCS
Comments : No further information at this time
Amakusa Airlines   
Status : Active

Dates :

2000 - date
Airline Code : -- : AMX
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Amakusa Airlines was founded on 09Oct1998 & launched services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto on 23Mar2000
ANA (All Nippon Airways)   
Status : Active

Dates :

1957 - date
Airline Code : NH : ANA
Genealogy : Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co + Far Eastern Airlines =>ANA
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]
ANA Wings   
Status : Active

Dates :

2010 - date
Airline Code : EH : AKX
Genealogy : Air Nippon Network + Air Central + Air Next =>ANA Wings
Comments : ANA Wings operations started 01Oct2010, formed by the merger of ANA's regional airlines, Air Central, Air Next & Air Nippon Network
Asahi Airways   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1986* - 1999*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Central Japan Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1965* - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Central Japan Airlines >>ANA
Comments : Central Japan Airlines merged into ANA in 1965
China Airways   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1938 - 1939*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Huitong Airways >>China Airways
Comments : China Airways was formed in 1938 by the Japanese army
CIAF-One   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1991* - 1992
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Dai-Nippon Airways (Greater Japan Air Lines)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1938 - 1945
Airline Code : IJ : IJA
Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airways
Comments : No further information at this time
Fair Inc.   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2000 - 2004
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Fair Inc. >Ibex Airlines
Comments : Ibex Airlines was formed in 1999 & operations started 07Aug2000 as Fair Inc. Renamed in Oct2004
Far Eastern Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1957 - 1957
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co + Far Eastern Airlines =>ANA
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]
FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines)  updated
Status : Active

Dates :

2009 - date
Airline Code : JH : FDA
Genealogy : Suzuyo Air >FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines)
Comments : FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines) was established on 24Jun2008 as Suzuyo Air & renamed prior to start. FDA inaugurated its first flight on 23Jul2009 (Scheduled domestic passenger services from Shizoka)
First Flying   
Status : Active

Dates :

1996* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : First Flying was formed in 1996
Fujita Airlines  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1952* - 1964
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : Fujita Airlines (Fuji Airlines) was established on 13Sep1952. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
Fujita Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1963* - 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Fujita Airlines >>ANA
Comments : No further information at this time
Galaxy Airlines   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2006 - 2008
Airline Code : J7 : GXY
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Galaxy Airlines was established on 17May2005 & started operations on 31Oct2006. Ceased on 05Oct2008
Global Wings   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2005)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Great Northern Airways   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1937* - 1938*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Harlequin Air  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1997 - 2005
Airline Code : JH : HLQ
Genealogy : Harlequin Air >>JAL
Comments : Harlequin Air was founded by JAL operating international and domestic passenger services. Integrated back into parent company, having ceased operations on 30Apr2005 [JAL was founded as JAPANESE AIRLINES in 1951 by a group of private investors and initially restricted it's operations to domestice services using crews and aircraft leased from Northwest Airlines. In 1953 the company wes reorganised as JAPAN AIR LINES and took over as the flag carrier for Japan. Renamed to JAL INTERNATIONAL in 2004 following merger with JAPAN AIR SYSTEMS and finally back to JAL after integration of both entitiies of JAL (International and Domestic). JAA merged into parent company in 2008]
Hokkaido Air System   
Status : Active

Dates :

1998 - date
Airline Code : -- : NTH
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Hokkaido Air System operations started on 15Mar1998
Hokkaido International Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1991 - 2012
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Hokkaido International Airlines >Air Do
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
Huitong Airways   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1936* - 1938
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Huitong Airways >>China Airways
Comments : Huitong Airways was formed in 1936 by the Japanese army
Ibex Airlines   
Status : Active

Dates :

2004 - date
Airline Code : FW : IBX
Genealogy : Fair Inc. >Ibex Airlines
Comments : Ibex Airlines was formed in 1999 & operations started 07Aug2000 as Fair Inc. Renamed in Oct2004
Iki International   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2002* - 2003*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Iki International Airlines   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

2005* - 2005*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Imperial Japanese Airways (KKKK)( Kokusai Koku Kabushiki Kaisha)( )   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1938* - 1938
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airways
Comments : No further information at this time
International Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1938* - 1938*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airways
Comments : No further information at this time
JAA (Japan Asia Airways)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1975 - 2008
Airline Code : EG : JAA
Genealogy : JAA (Japan Asia Airways) >>JAL
Comments : JAA (Japan Asia Airways) was established on 08Aug1975 & its last flight was on 31Mar2008 before being absorbed into JAL
JACO (Japan Cargo Airways)   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1963* - 1963*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic)  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2004 - 2006
Airline Code : JL : JLJ
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : TDA is renamed to Japan Air System on 01Apr1988 & JAD on 01Apr2004 Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
J-Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

1996 - date
Airline Code : XM : JLG
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : J-Air was founded 08Aug1996 & commenced operations on 01Nov1996 (Horoshima based regional airline operating scheduled services for JAL)
JAL (Japan Air Lines)   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1923* - 1953
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
JAL (Japan Air Lines)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1953 - 2004
Airline Code : JA : JAL
Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JAL
Comments : JAL was established on 01Aug1951 & commenced operations on 25Oct1951 as Japanese Airlines
JAL (Japan Air Lines)   
Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : JL : JAL
Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JAL
Comments : JAL was established on 01Aug1951 & commenced operations on 25Oct1951 as Japanese Airlines
JAL Cargo   
Status : Active

Dates :

2003* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
JAL Express (JEX)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1998 - 2014
Airline Code : JC : JEX
Genealogy : JAL Express (JEX) >>JAL
Comments : JEX is eastablished by JAL on 01Apr1997. Commenced operations on 01Jul1998 & merged into JAL on 30Sep2014
JAL International   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2004 - 2006
Airline Code : JL : JAL
Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JAL
Comments : No further information at this time
JALWays   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1999 - 2010
Airline Code : JQ : JAZ
Genealogy : >JAL
Comments : JALWays was formed in 1990 as Japan Air Charter, a charter division of JAL. Renamed in 1999 and became a scheduled carrier
Japan Air Charter   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1991 - 1999
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Japan Air Charter >JALWays... >JAL
Comments : No further information at this time
Japan Air Commuter   
Status : Active

Dates :

1983 - date
Airline Code : 3X : JAC
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Japan Air Commuter was established in Jul1983 by Japan Air System & local municipalities in Kagoshima Prefecture. Operations started on 15Dec1983
Japan Pacific Airlines   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1998*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Japan Pacific Airlines   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1955* - 1955*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Japan Regional Airlines   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1999* - 2004*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Japan Universal System Transport (JUST)   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1991* - 1996*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Japanese Airlines  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1951 - 1953
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Japanese Airlines >JAL (Japan Air Lines) + JAS (Japan Air System) =>JAL International + JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) =>JAL
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 as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
JAS (Japan Air System)  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1988 - 2004
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
JAT (Japan Air Transport Company)(NKYKK)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1929 - 1938
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + Imperial Japanese Airways + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airways
Comments : On 30Oct1928, the Japanese government established the Japan Air Transport Corporation (JAT)(NKYKK) as the national flag carrier
JATI (Japan Air Transport Institute)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1922 - 1928
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : JATI >>JAT (Japan Air Transport Company) + KKKK ( Kokusai Koku Kabushiki Kaisha) + International Airlines =>Dai-Nippon Airways
Comments : Japan Air Transport Institute started operations on 03Nov1922. On 30Oct1928, the Japanese govt established JAT which absorbed JATI + 2 & began scheduled passenger operations in 1929
JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines)  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1964 - 1971
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
Jet8   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2005)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Jetstar Japan   
Status : Active

Dates :

2012 - date
Airline Code : GK : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Jetstar Japan, a Joint venture between Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Mitsubishi Corporation, was launched on on 16Aug2011. Started operations on 03Jul2012
JTA (Japan Transocean Air)   
Status : Active

Dates :

1993 - date
Airline Code : NU : JTA
Genealogy : Southwest Air Lines >JTA
Comments : JTA (Japan Transocean Air) was founded in 1967 & operations started on 01Jul1967 as Southwest Air Lines. Rebranded as Japan TransOcean Air in Jul1993
KAK (Kanki Airlines)   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1964* - 1964*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Kansai Airlines   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1963* - 1963*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Kansai Airlines was a Japanese domestic airline, headquartered in Kyōbashi, Higashi-ku, Osaka
Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines)  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1953* - 1964
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : Kita Nihon Airlines (North Japan Airlines) was established on 30Jul1953. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
KNKKK (Kita Nipon Koku Kabushiki Kaisha)   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1921* - 1921*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Kobe Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2002 - 2003
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Kobe Airlines >StarFlyer
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.
Kyokushin Air   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2008* - 2008
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Kyokushin Air ceased operations on 01Oct2008 due to financial difficulties
Kyokuto Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1958* - 1958
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Kyokuto Airlines >>ANA
Comments : No further information at this time
Lequios Airways   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2004*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
LINK Airs   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2013)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : LINK Airs was established on 05Apr2012 but filed for bankruptcy protection, failing to start operations on 10Dec2013 as advertised
LQS Airlines   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(****)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Manchurian Airways   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1932* - 1933*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Manchurian Airways was created in 1932 & was virtually controlled by the Japanese army
Nagasaki Airways   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1961* - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nagasaki Airways >Oriental Air Bridge
Comments : Oriental Air Bridge was renamed from Nagasaki Airways (founded in 1961). Charters throughout southern Japan
Nagasaki Airways   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1967* - 1967
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nagasaki Airways >>ANA
Comments : No further information at this time
Naka Japan Airlines (Naha Nihon Koku K. Kaisha) Kaisha)   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1964* - 1964*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Naka Nihon Air Lines (NAL)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1991 - 2005
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Naka Nihon Airlines (NAL) >Air Central + Air Nippon Network + Air Next =>ANA Wings
Comments : No further information at this time
Naka Nihon Air Service Co.  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1935* - 1965
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nakanihon Air Services >>ANA
Comments : Naka Nihon Air Service Co. was formed on 04May1953 [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]
NCA - New Central Airservice (ShinChuo Koku)   
Status : Active

Dates :

1979* - date
Airline Code : -- : CUK
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : NCA - New Central Airservice was established on 15Dec1978 as a domestic scheduled and charter services out of Tokyo Chofu
NCA (Nippon Cargo Airlines)   
Status : Active

Dates :

1985 - date
Airline Code : KZ : NCA
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : NCA (Nippon Cargo Airlines) was established as Japan’s first all-cargo airline on 21Sep1978. Operations started on 30Jun1985
New Japan Aviation  added
Status : Active

Dates :

1969* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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
Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Transport Co.   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1953 - 1957
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co + Far Eastern Airlines =>ANA
Comments : ANA was founded as Nippon Helicopter & Aeroplane Co. on 27Dec1952 & started operations on 15Dec1953
Nippon Yuran Airlines  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

Pre 1963
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
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 Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
Nitto Airlines  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1952* - 1964
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : Nitto Airlines was established on 04Jul1952. Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [ [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways)   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1974 - 1987
Airline Code : EL : ---
Genealogy : NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) >Air Nippon >>ANA Wings
Comments : Air Nippon started operations on 10Oct1974 as NKA (Nihon Kinkyori Airways) & ceased on 01Apr2012
NKYK (Nippon Koku Yuso Kenkyujo)   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

late 1930s
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
OCS (Overseas Courier Services)   
Status : Active

Dates :

1975* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Allex (All Express) >OCS
Comments : OCS was founded in 1975
Orange Cargo (OrangeCargo)   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

2003 - 2004
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Oriental Air Bridge   
Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Airline Code : O3 : NGK
Genealogy : Nagasaki Airways >Oriental Air Bridge
Comments : Oriental Air Bridge was renamed from Nagasaki Airways (founded in 1961). Charters throughout southern Japan
Pacific Asia Airlines   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Pan Asia Airlines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

(1998*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Pan Asia Airlines >Skynet Asia Airways >Solaseed Air
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
peach   
Status : Active

Dates :

2012 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : A&F Aviation >peach
Comments : peach was founded on 10Feb2011 as A&F Aviation & Renamed to peach in May2011. Started operations on 01Mar2012
Ryukyu Air Commuter  updated
Status : Active

Dates :

1985 - date
Airline Code : -- : RAC
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Ryukyu Air Commuter was formed in 1985 & operations started on 17Feb1985. Domestic passenger services from Okinawa Naha
Sagawa Express   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(2006*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Sagawa Express was formed in 2005 but never started operations
Setouchi Seaplanes   
Status : Active

Dates :

2016 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Setouchi Seaplanes launched services in the early part of 2016
Shinchuo Koku   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

2002* - 2004*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Skymark Airlines (Sky Aeroplane)   
Status : Active

Dates :

1998 - date
Airline Code : BC : SKY
Genealogy : Nil tree
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.
Skynet Asia Airways   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

2002 - 2011
Airline Code : LQ : SNJ
Genealogy : Pan Asia Airlines >Skynet Asia Airways >Solaseed Air
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
Solaseed Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2011 - date
Airline Code : LQ : SNJ
Genealogy : Pan Asia Airlines >Skynet Asia Airways >Solaseed Air
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
Southern Cross Airlines   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1998*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Southwest Air Lines   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1967 - 1993
Airline Code : JD : ---
Genealogy : Southwest Air Lines >JTA
Comments : JTA (Japan Transocean Air) was founded in 1967 & operations started on 01Jul1967 as Southwest Air Lines. Rebranded as Japan TransOcean Air in Jul1993
Spring Airlines   
Status : Active

Dates :

2014 - date
Airline Code : -- : SJO
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Spring Airlines Japan launched operations, linking Tokyo/Narita with Hiroshima, Saga, and Takamatsu on 01Aug2014
StarFlyer   
Status : Active

Dates :

2006 - date
Airline Code : 7G : SFJ
Genealogy : Kobe Airlines >StarFlyer
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.
Suzuyo Air   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

(2008*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Suzuyo Air >FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines)
Comments : FDA (Fuji Dream Airlines) was established on 24Jun2008 as Suzuyo Air & renamed prior to start. FDA inaugurated its first flight on 23Jul2009
TDA (Toa Domestic Airlines)  updated
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1971 - 1988
Airline Code : JD : ---
Genealogy : Nippon Yuran Airlines >Fujita Airlines + Nitto Aviation + Kita Nihon Airlines =>JDA + TDA =>JAS >JAD >>JAL
Comments : Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A Toa Airways was established on 30Nov1953. First operator of NAMC YS-11A [JAD (Japan Airlines Domestic) was established as JDA (Japan Domestic Airlines) in 15Apr1964 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 on 01Apr2004 & renamed to JAD. Eventually merged into parent company JAL]
Toa Airways   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1953* - 1971
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : >JAL
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
Toho Air Service   
Status : Active

Dates :

1960* - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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.
Tozai Teiki Kokukwai   
Status : Inactive

Dates :

1923* - 1929
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Vanilla Air   
Status : Active

Dates :

2013 - date
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : AirAsia Japan >Vanilla Air
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
WAC   
Status : Unconfirmed

Dates :

(****)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
World Air Network   
Status : Renamed

Dates :

1990 - 1995
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : World Air Network >Air Japan
Comments : Air Japan was established as World Air Network on 29Jun1990 & started operations on 30Jun1990. Ceased operation in Sep1995. In 2000, World Air Network was renamed Air Japan
Yokohama International Airlines   
Status : Not launched

Dates :

(1998*)
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time
Yokohama Koku Company   
Status : Unsure

Dates :

1970* - 1972*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Yokohama Koku Company had a fatal accident in 1972 with a Cessna 402A
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