Japan Air Commuter
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.
|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, Japan|
|Key people||Kato Hiroki, President|
|Employees||467 (March 1, 2017)|
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 June 2018):
- Kagoshima Prefecture
- Chūgoku region
- Kansai region
Japan Air Commuter has previously operated the following aircraft:
|Aircraft||Fleet||Year Introduced||Year Retired||Notes/Refs|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||8||2002||2018|
|Dornier Do 228||3||1983||1995|
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- Press release from 2015/06/15 about decision to introduce ATR42-600 (Japanese)
- Saab 340B seats configuration Archived 2012-11-10 at the Wayback Machine
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- JAC operating history