Tales of the Dancing Crane - The story of JAL part 1

The Story of Japan Airlines Part 1

Established in the aftermath of World War Two, over the past 70 years Japan Airlines has risen to become a leading global carrier, with its famous dancing crane logo recognisable worldwide. In the first part of a two-part feature, Jozef Mols explores JAL’s early history, including the introduction of jet services and its expansion up to the mid-1980s

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Main photo: JAL flew almost every variant of the 747, including 34 -200s like JA8105, seen landing at Heathrow in August 1977 
AirTeamImages.com/Carl Ford

Japan has been a pioneer in the field of airline transportation, probably because the country consists of numerous islands that require regular and reliable access. Even before World War Two, several airlines were established, such as Japan Air Transport, which offered domestic flights between 1928 and 1938. At the beginning of Japan's expansion policy, Japan Air Transport was merged into Imperial Japanese Airways.

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