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The flag carrier of Japan, Japan Airlines is also the second-largest airline in the country. It serves numerous domestic destinations and flies to over 30 international destinations in Asia, Oceania, Europe, and the Americas. As part of the Oneworld airline alliance, Japan Airlines can connect passengers to destinations around the whole world. The airline is headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo and has its main hubs at Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport.
Japan Airlines was founded as a private company back in 1951, and it began flying its first domestic routes in October of 1952. In 1953, the Japanese government passed the Japan Airlines Act, forming a state-owned Japan Airlines which took over all of the assets of its private predecessor. The act also established Japan Airlines as the country's only international carrier. In that same year, the airline's network was extended north and west to include the cities of Sapporo, Misawa, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Iwakuni. In 1954, Japan Airlines began its first scheduled international flight to San Francisco.
For the rest of the century, Japan Airlines continued to grow and expand its network by merging with other airlines and consistently adding new international destinations. The airline became fully privatized once more in 1987. In 2009, despite having the highest airline revenues in Asia, Japan Airlines was forced to enter bankruptcy due to steep financial losses. When the airline emerged from bankruptcy in 2011, its main focus was on building partnerships with other Oneworld alliance airlines.
To give you an idea of where Japan Airlines flies today, here are some of the airline's top domestic and international destinations.
10 Domestic Destinations Served by Japan Airlines
10 International Destinations Served by Japan Airlines
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Japan Airlines Fleet
Japan Air Lines operates a passenger fleet consisting entirely of narrow-body and wide-body Boeing aircraft. The airline currently flies 162 total aircraft, with the majority of those being Boeing 737-800s, Boeing 767-300ERs, and Boeing 787-8s. Japan Airlines configures most of its planes differently depending on whether they are used on domestic or international routes. International configurations typically have fewer seats, affording passengers more legroom.
Loyalty Programs, Discounts and Miles promotions
Japan Airlines has a frequent flier loyalty program known as Mileage Bank. As a Mileage Bank member, you can earn miles on Japan Airlines flights and when paying for goods and services with Japan Airlines partners. Once you've saved up enough miles, you can redeem them on award tickets, flight upgrades, and coupons to use with Japan Airlines partners. Because Japan Airlines is a member of the Oneworld alliance, Mileage Bank miles can also be earned and redeemed on all other Oneworld partner airlines.
The most frequent Japan Airline fliers should consider signing up for the FLY ON program, which affords even more rewards and benefits. There are four tiers to the FLY ON program: Crystal, Sapphire, Premier, and Diamond. Each tier affords successively more benefits such as faster mileage accrual, airport lounge access, and priority when making reservations. Members of the FLY ON program earn automatic tier status when flying with Oneworld member airlines as well.
How to Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees
Japan Airlines has different check-in procedures for domestic and international flights. The airline offers Touch & Go boarding for domestic flights. To use Touch & Go, all you have to do is click the Touch & Go button that appears at the bottom of the page after booking your flight and purchasing your ticket. There's no need to wait until closer to departure time –Touch & Go will give you the option to print your e-ticket itinerary right then and there. Once you get to the airport on the day of your flight, simply stop by the baggage counter (if you have any bags to check) and then proceed to security.
For international flights, you can check in with Japan Airlines' QuiC Service. QuiC web check-in is available starting 24 hours before your scheduled time of departure. After you input all of your information, you will be given the option to use a printed boarding pass or a mobile boarding pass. A mobile boarding pass will be sent to your smartphone and can be displayed on your smartphone as you pass through security checkpoints. Alternatively, you can also check in quickly and conveniently for an international Japan Airlines flight using the kiosks at the airport.
Japan Airlines' seat selection becomes available at the time of booking and remains open until 15 minutes prior to departure. You'll be able to select your preferred seat from the airplane seat map. Mileage Bank members can choose to redeem miles for seat upgrades at this time.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
On both domestic and international flights, Japan Airlines allows passengers to board the aircraft with one bag and one personal item. The combined weight of both items must not exceed 10 kg and, in most cases, is allowed to measure up to 115 cm in combined length, width, and height. The only exception to this rule is carry-on baggage on Japan Airlines domestic flights with less than 100 seats, which have a size limit of 100 cm.
Free checked baggage rules for Japan Airlines differ significantly by domestic and international flights. On domestic flights, there is no limit on the number of checked bags as long as each bag weighs less than 20 kg. The total outside dimensions must also be within 50x60x120 cm. On international flights, economy passengers are allowed two free checked bags, each weighing up to 23 kg. Business and First Class passengers are allotted three free checked bags, each weighing up to 32 kg. The total outside dimensions for any piece of checked baggage on an international flight cannot exceed 203 cm.
Excess baggage charges with Japan Airlines vary depending on route and can range from $10 CAD to $50 CAD on domestic flights and $100 CAD to $600 CAD on international flights.
Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals
Japan Airlines provides passengers with numerous in-flight entertainment options on international flights. The MAGIC entertainment system allows you to watch movies, listen to audio channels, read Sky Manga, and play a variety of games, including educational children's games. In-flight Wi-Fi service is also provided on international routes.
When it comes to in-flight dining, most of Japan Airlines' long-haul routes offer complimentary mineral water and a self-serve snack and drink corner where passengers can go to help themselves. Japan Airlines flights also offer extensive in-flight menus designed by renowned and talented chefs. Menus differ depending on route.
Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines
Infants under two years of age are allowed to travel free of charge on Japan Airlines if they fly in the lap of an adult. One adult is allowed to travel with up to two infants. However, they would need to purchase an additional seat as only one infant can be held in an adult's lap at a time. Children over two years old must travel in a purchased seat on a child's fare.
Japan Airlines provides an unaccompanied minor service known as Kids Travel Support Service for children who are travelling alone on domestic flights. The service is mandatory for children aged six and seven and optional for children aged eight to 11. Unaccompanied minor service can also be arranged for children aged five to 11 on international flights, but reservations can only be made over the phone.
Japan Airlines does not allow pets in the passenger cabins of its aircraft, but the airline does permit pets to travel in the cargo compartment. An exception can be made, however, for a certified service animal to travel in the cabin with its owner. If you do wish to travel with your pet, then you should contact Japan Airlines directly as soon as you book your flight. Extra charges for travelling with a pet are determined at the time of the booking and depend on factors such as your itinerary, your pet's size, and your pet's crate size.
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