Japan Air Commuter
|Founded||July 1, 1983|
Osaka International Airport
|Focus cities||Amami Airport
|Frequent-flyer program||JAL Mileage Bank|
|Parent company||Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd.|
|Headquarters||Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan|
|Key people||Kato Hiroki, President|
|Employees||467 (March 1, 2017)|
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. 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.
The airline was established on 1 July 1983 and started operations in December 1983. A joint investment plan with public and private investors in fourteen Kagoshima Prefecture municipalities established Japan Air Commuter. At the time JAC was an affiliate of Toa Domestic Airlines, later known as Japan Air System. In the 1990s JAC had its headquarters in the Kagoshima Airport Building Annex in Mizobe, Aira District, Kagoshima Prefecture.
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%).
Japan Air Commuter operates to the following destinations (as of December 2016):
- Kagoshima Prefecture
- Chūgoku region
- Kansai region
- Fukuoka Prefecture
- Kagoshima Prefecture
- Miyazaki Prefecture
- Ōita Prefecture
As of November 2017 the Japan Air Commuter fleet includes the following aircraft:
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||8||0||74|
Japan Air Commuter has previously operated the following aircraft:
|Aircraft||Fleet||Year Introduced||Year Retired||Notes/Refs|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||3||2002||2017|
|Dornier Do 228||Unknown||1983||1995|
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- JAC operating history
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