Japan Transocean Air
June 20, 1967 |
(as Southwest Air Lines)
|Focus cities||New Ishigaki Airport|
|Parent company||Japan Transocean Air Co., Ltd.|
|Headquarters||Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, 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 Nippon 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.
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|Japan||Ishigaki||New Ishigaki Airport||Focus city|
|Japan||Kōchi||Kōchi Ryōma Airport|
|Japan||Osaka||Kansai International Airport|
|Japan||Osaka||Osaka International Airport|
|Japan||Tokyo||Haneda International Airport|
The Japan Transocean Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):
|Boeing 737-400||10||0||156||To be retired by 2018|
To be replaced by Boeing 737-800. 
|Boeing 737-800||4||8||165||Order with 10 options|
Delivery until 2018.
Accidents and incidents
Since the airlines foundation there has only been one accident and that was under the former Southwest Air Lines brand.
- On 26 August 1982, Southwest Air Lines Flight 611, a Boeing 737-2Q3, registration JA8444, overran the runway at Ishigaki Airport and was destroyed. None of the 138 passengers and crew were killed but some were injured during the emergency evacuation.
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- Official website (in Japanese)