|Founded||20 June 1967|
(as Southwest Air Lines)
|Focus cities||New Ishigaki Airport|
|Parent company||Japan Airlines (72.8%)|
|Headquarters||Naha, Okinawa, Japan|
|Key people||Takeshi Ichinosawa |
(Chairman & President)
|Employees||739 (31 March 2017)|
Japan Transocean Air Co., Ltd. (日本トランスオーシャン航空株式会社, Nihon Toransuōshan Kōkū Kabushiki-gaisha), or JTA, is an airline based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It operates domestic services on behalf of Japan Airlines. Its main base is Naha Airport. From 1967 until 1993, the airline was known as Southwest Air Lines.
The airline was established on 20 June 1967 as Southwest Air Lines (南西航空, Nansei Kōkū), and started operations in July 1967. It changed its name in July 1993. It has 718 employees (at March 2014) and is owned by Japan Airlines (51.1%), Naha Airport Terminal (17%), Okinawa Prefecture (12.9%) and others (19.1%) It flew Convair 240s until new capital from JAL allowed it to upgrade to NAMC YS-11s, and eventually Boeing 737s. JTA occasionally lends aircraft to JAL in the event of equipment failure. JTA also provides maintenance services for JAL Group Boeing 737-400 aircraft. JTA owns 72.9% of Ryukyu Air Commuter. At one time the head office of Southwest Air Lines was at 306-1 Kagamizu in Naha.
JTA serves the following destinations:
|Ryukyu Islands||Ishigaki||New Ishigaki Airport||Focus city|
|Ryukyu Islands||Kumejima||Kumejima Airport|
|Ryukyu Islands||Miyakojima||Miyako Airport|
|Ryukyu Islands||Miyakojima||Shimojishima Airport||Terminated|||
|Honshu||Nagoya||Chubu Centrair International Airport|
|Ryukyu Islands||Naha||Naha Airport||Hub|
|Honshu||Osaka||Kansai International Airport|
|Ryukyu Islands||Yonaguni||Yonaguni Airport||Terminated|
As of May 2023[update], Japan Transocean Air operates the following aircraft:[needs update]
Japan Transocean Air previously operated the following aircraft:
Since the airline's foundation, there has only been one accident which was under the former Southwest Air Lines brand.