Japan Airlines is the flag carrier of Japan. The airline is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.
JAL group companies include Japan Airlines for international and domestic services; JALways for international leisure services; JAL Express for international and domestic low-cost services; Hokkaido Air System, etc.With its fleet of 279 aircraft, JAL operates international and domestic passenger and cargo services to 220 destinations in 35 countries, carrying over 52 million passengers and over 1.1 million tons of cargo and mail in 2009.
JAL was founded in 1951 and became the national airline of Japan in 1953 and was privatized in 1987. In 2002, after merging with Japan Air System, Japan's third-largest airline JAL became the sixth largest airline in the world by passengers carried.