Japan Air Commuter
日本エアコミューター
IATA ICAO Callsign
JC JAC COMMUTER
FoundedJuly 1, 1983
HubsKagoshima
Secondary hubsAmami
Fukuoka
Osaka–Itami
Frequent-flyer programJAL Mileage Bank
AllianceOneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size10
Destinations14
Parent companyJapan Air Commuter Co. Ltd.
HeadquartersKirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
Key peopleKato Hiroki, President[1]
Employees467 (March 1, 2017)[1]
Websitejac.co.jp
Japan Air Commuter headquarters
Japan Air Commuter headquarters

Japan Air Commuter Co., Ltd. (日本エアコミューター株式会社, Nihon Ea Komyūtā Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese airline based in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture.[2] It operates feeder services in support of Japan Airlines. Its main base is Kagoshima Airport, with hubs at Osaka International Airport, Amami Airport and Fukuoka Airport.[3]

History

The airline was established on 1 July[citation needed] 1983[4] and started operations in December[citation needed] 1983. A joint investment plan with public and private investors in fourteen Kagoshima Prefecture municipalities established Japan Air Commuter.[4] At the time JAC was an affiliate of Toa Domestic Airlines, later known as Japan Air System.[4] In the 1990s JAC had its headquarters in the Kagoshima Airport Building Annex in Mizobe, Aira District, Kagoshima Prefecture.[5]

Japan Air System later merged into Japan Airlines. Japan Air Commuter has 455 employees (September 2016) and is owned by Japan Airlines (60%) and 12 local municipalities of the Amami Islands and Kagoshima (40%).[3]

Destinations

Japan Air Commuter Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in the old "JAC" livery.
Japan Air Commuter Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in the old "JAC" livery.
Japan Air Commuter Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in the "Arc of the Sun" livery.
Japan Air Commuter Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in the "Arc of the Sun" livery.

Japan Air Commuter operates to the following destinations (as of January 2020):[6]

Island City Airport Notes Ref
Ryukyu Islands Amami Amami Airport Focus city
Kyushu Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport Focus city
Honshu Izumo Izumo Airport
Kyushu Kagoshima Kagoshima Airport Hub
Ryukyu Islands Kikai Kikai Airport
Shikoku Matsuyama Matsuyama Airport
Ryukyu Islands Naha Naha Airport
Honshu Okinoshima Oki Airport
Honshu Osaka Osaka International Airport Focus city
Ryukyu Islands Tanegashima New Tanegashima Airport
Ryukyu Islands Tokunoshima Tokunoshima Airport
Honshu Toyooka Tajima Airport
Ryukyu Islands Wadomari Okinoerabu Airport
Ryukyu Islands Yakushima Yakushima Airport
Ryukyu Islands Yoron Yoron Airport

Fleet

A Japan Air Commuter Saab 340 departs Osaka International Airport, Japan (2010).
A Japan Air Commuter Saab 340 departs Osaka International Airport, Japan (2010).

As of October 2020, the Japan Air Commuter fleet includes the following aircraft:[7][8]

Japan Air Commuter Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
ATR 42-600 8 48[9]
ATR 72-600 2 70
Total 10

Former fleet

A Japan Air Commuter NAMC YS-11 at Fukuoka Airport in 2006.
A Japan Air Commuter NAMC YS-11 at Fukuoka Airport in 2006.

Japan Air Commuter has previously operated the following aircraft:[10]

Japan Air Commuter Fleet History
Aircraft Fleet Year Introduced Year Retired Notes/Refs
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 11 2002 2018
Dornier 228 3 1983 1995
NAMC YS-11A-500 12 1988 2006 [11][12][13]
Saab 340B 11 1992 2019 [14]

References

  1. ^ a b "会社情報 | Jac 日本エアコミューター".
  2. ^ "会社概要." Japan Air Commuter. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 96.
  4. ^ a b c "COMPANY INFORMATION." Japan Air System.
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 23–29, 1994. "Japan Air System" 95.
  6. ^ Route Map," Japan Air Commuter
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 18.
  8. ^ "Japan Air Commuter Fleet Details and History".
  9. ^ Press release from 2015/06/15 about decision to introduce ATR42-600 (Japanese)
  10. ^ "Japan Air Commuter Fleet Details and History".
  11. ^ "Shimojijima Airport," Okinawa Prefecture
  12. ^ "Gallery" (November 7, 1996). Japan Air System.
  13. ^ "JAC operating history". Archived from the original on 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  14. ^ "Japan Air Commuter ends Saab 340 ops".

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