Japan Air Commuter

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Japan Air Commuter
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded July 1, 1983
Hubs Kagoshima Airport
Osaka International Airport
Focus cities Amami Airport
Fukuoka Airport
Frequent-flyer program JAL Mileage Bank
Airport lounge JAL Sakura Lounge
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 19
Destinations 22
Parent company Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd.
Headquarters Kirishima, Kagoshima, Japan
Key people Arata Yasujima, President[1]
Employees 553 (April, 2013)[2]
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.[3] 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.[4]


The airline was established on 1 July[citation needed] 1983[5] 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.[5] At the time JAC was an affiliate of Toa Domestic Airlines, later known as Japan Air System.[5] In the 1990s JAC had its headquarters in the Kagoshima Airport Building Annex in Mizobe, Aira District, Kagoshima Prefecture.[6]

Japan Air System later merged into Japan Airlines. Japan Air Commuter has 553 employees (at April 2013) and is owned by Japan Airlines (60%) and 14 local municipalities of the Amami Islands and Kagoshima (40%).[4]

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.[7]


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):[8]

Amami Islands[edit]





A Japan Air Commuter Saab 340 departs Osaka International Airport, Japan (2010).
A Japan Air Commuter NAMC YS-11 at Fukuoka Airport in 2006.

As of April 2016 the Japan Air Commuter fleet includes:[4][9]

Japan Air Commuter Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 10 0 74[10]
Saab 340B 9 0 36[11]
ATR 42-600 0 8 48[12]
Total 19 8

Previously operated[edit]

Japan Air Commuter has previously operated the following aircraft:

Japan Air Commuter Fleet History
Aircraft Years of operations
Dornier Do 228 1983-1995
NAMC YS-11A-500 1988-2006[13][14][15]


  1. ^ a b "日本エアコミューター 役員体制について" (PDF) (Press release). Japan Air Commuter. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ http://www.jac.co.jp/company_info/index.html
  3. ^ "会社概要." Japan Air Commuter. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 96. 
  5. ^ a b c "COMPANY INFORMATION." Japan Air System.
  6. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 23–29, 1994. "Japan Air System" 95.
  7. ^ "Japan Airlines Promotes Masaru Onishi to President". Bloomberg. 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  8. ^ Route Map," Japan Air Commuter
  9. ^ "Japan Air Commuter Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Dash 8 seats configuration
  11. ^ Saab 340B seats configuration
  12. ^ Press release from 2015/06/15 about decision to introduce ATR42-600 (Japanese)
  13. ^ "Shimojijima Airport," Okinawa Prefecture
  14. ^ "Gallery" (November 7, 1996). Japan Air System.
  15. ^ JAC operating history

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