Japan Air Commuter

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Japan Air Commuter
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedJuly 1, 1983
HubsKagoshima Airport
Osaka International Airport
Focus citiesAmami Airport
Fukuoka Airport
Frequent-flyer programJAL Mileage Bank
Fleet size12
Parent companyJapan Air Commuter Co. Ltd.
HeadquartersKirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
Key peopleKato Hiroki, President[1]
Employees467 (March 1, 2017)[1]
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 455 employees (September 2016) and is owned by Japan Airlines (60%) and 12 local municipalities of the Amami Islands and Kagoshima (40%).[3]


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 June 2018):[6]

Amami Islands[edit]





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

As of January 2019, the Japan Air Commuter fleet includes the following aircraft.[7]

Japan Air Commuter Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
ATR 42-600 6 1 48[8]
ATR 72-600 1 1 70
Saab 340B 5 36[9]
Total 12 2

Former fleet[edit]

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

Japan Air Commuter has previously operated the following aircraft:

Japan Air Commuter Fleet History
Aircraft Fleet Year Introduced Year Retired Notes/Refs
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 8 2002 2018
Dornier Do 228 3 1983 1995
NAMC YS-11A-500 12 1988 2006 [10][11][12]
Saab 340B 5 1992 2018


  1. ^ a b http://www.jac.co.jp/company_info/index.html
  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. ^ https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Japan-Air-Commuter
  8. ^ Press release from 2015/06/15 about decision to introduce ATR42-600 (Japanese)
  9. ^ Saab 340B seats configuration Archived 2012-11-10 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Shimojijima Airport," Okinawa Prefecture
  11. ^ "Gallery" (November 7, 1996). Japan Air System.
  12. ^ JAC operating history

External links[edit]

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