Japan Air Commuter

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Japan Air Commuter
Founded July 1, 1983
Hubs Kagoshima Airport
Focus cities Amami Airport
Fukuoka Airport
Osaka International Airport
Frequent-flyer program JAL Mileage Bank
Airport lounge SAKURA Lounge
Fleet size 22
Destinations 22
Parent company Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd.
Headquarters Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
Key people Arata Yasujima, President[1]
Website jac.co.jp
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]


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 471 employees (at March 2007) and is owned by Japan Airlines (60%) and 14 local municipalities of the Amami Islands and Kagoshima (40%).[3]

Due to the restructuring plan of Japan Airlines, Arata Yasujima was promoted to president of Japan Air Commuter on February 1, 2010.[1] Yasujima replaces Masaru Onishi, who was promoted to president of JAL.[6]


Japan Air Commuter YS-11 aircraft in Japan Air System colors with a JAS Airbus A300-600R
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 operates to the following destinations (as of January 2013):[7]

Amami Islands[edit]





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

As of January 2013 the Japan Air Commuter fleet includes:[3][8]

Japan Air Commuter Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Options Passengers
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 11 0 0 74[9]
Saab 340B 11 0 0 36[10]
Total 22 0 0

Previously operated[edit]

Japan Air Commuter has previously operated the following aircraft:

Japan Air Commuter Fleet History
Aircraft Years of operations
Dornier 228 1983-1995
NAMC YS-11A-500 1988-2006[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b "日本エアコミューター 役員体制について" (Press release). Japan Air Commuter. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "会社概要." Japan Air Commuter. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Japan Airlines Promotes Masaru Onishi to President". Bloomberg. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  7. ^ Route Map," Japan Air Commuter
  8. ^ Japan Air Commuter fleet list at ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2010-11-26.
  9. ^ Dash 8 seats configuration
  10. ^ Saab 340B seats configuration
  11. ^ "Shimojijima Airport," Okinawa Prefecture
  12. ^ "Gallery" (November 7, 1996). Japan Air System.
  13. ^ JAC operating history

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