Harlequin Air
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IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJanuary 20, 1997
Commenced operationsDecember 19, 1997
Ceased operationsApril 30, 2005
HubsFukuoka Airport
Fleet size2
Parent companyJapan Airlines Domestic
HeadquartersFukuoka Airport, Fukuoka, Japan
EmployeesKosuke Uematsu (President and CEO)

Harlequin Air Co., Ltd. (ハーレクィンエア, Hārekuin Ea) was an airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Fukuoka Airport in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.[1][2] It was owned by Japan Air System (later Japan Airlines Domestic in 2004), operating domestic passenger services.

Scheduled flights were wholly sold by Japan Airlines, therefore no ticket carried JH. Essentially, Japan Airlines wet leased them.



The airline was established on January 20, 1997 and started operations on December 19, 1997 as an affiliate of Japan Air System.[3]

In November 2001, JAS was absorbed by Japan Airlines.[4] On April 30, 2005, Harlequin Air was integrated into Japan Airlines Domestic.


Country City Airport Notes
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport Hub
Sapporo New Chitose Airport
Tokoname Chubu Centrair International Airport

It also operated international charter flights.


Harlequin Air operated the following aircraft:[5]

Harlequin Air fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 1 1997 2000 Operated by Japan Air System
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 1 1998 2004 Leased from Japan Air System

See also


  1. ^ "会社概要." Harlequin Air. October 27, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "ハーレクィンエア会社概要." Harlequin Air. December 7, 1998. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "See more articles from AP Online Japan Air System To Cut 1,000 Jobs[dead link]." Associated Press.
  4. ^ "2002/11/15 Interim Financial Information Archived February 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Japan Airlines.
  5. ^ "Harlequin Air Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved October 11, 2019.