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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.[2] It operates domestic services on behalf of Japan Airlines. Its main base is Naha Airport.[3] From 1967 until 1993, the airline was known as Southwest Air Lines.

Japan Transocean Air
JTA logo 2011.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
NU JTA JAY-OCEAN
FoundedJune 20, 1967
(as Southwest Air Lines)
HubsNaha Airport
Focus citiesNew Ishigaki Airport
AllianceOneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size12
Destinations15
Parent companyJapan Transocean Air Co., Ltd.
HeadquartersNaha, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Key peopleTakeshi Ichinosawa (Chairman/President)
Employees739 (31 March, 2017)[1]
Websitejal.co.jp/jta

HistoryEdit

 
A former Southwest Air Lines Boeing 737-200.
 
A former JTA Boeing 737-400 in former Southwest Air Lines livery at Chūbu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya, Japan. (2013)
 
A former JTA Boeing 737-400

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%)[3] 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. At one time the head office of Southwest Air Lines was at 306-1 Kagamizu in Naha.[4]

DestinationsEdit

FleetEdit

Current FleetEdit

The Japan Transocean Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of February 2019):[7]

Japan Transocean Air fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 12[8] 12 165[9]
Total 12 12

Former FleetEdit

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Since the airlines foundation there has only been one accident and that was under the former Southwest Air Lines brand.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "日本トランスオーシャン航空 会社情報". Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Company Profile" (Japanese). Japan Transocean Air. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 97.
  4. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 10 April 1976. p. 958. "Head Office: 306-1 Kagamizu, Naha, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, Japan."
  5. ^ "Route Network," Japan Transocean Air
  6. ^ a b "Shimojijima Airport," Okinawa Prefecture
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 18.
  8. ^ "Japan Transocean finalizes order for 12 737-800s". The Boeing Company.
  9. ^ Source: company website http://www.churashima.net/jta/company/fleet.html
  10. ^ "[1]," Airliners.net
  11. ^ "Boeing: Japan Airlines Group". Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  12. ^ "[2]," Airliners.net
  13. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-2Q3 JA8444 Ishigaki Airport (ISG)". Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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