Japan Air Lines back in the high and heady days of the 1950s.

Please make sure your seat belt is NOT fastened, light 'em if ya got 'em, and please excuse the noise of the propellers.

JAL was established in 1951 and became the national airline of Japan in 1953. After over three decades of service and expansion, the airline was fully privatized in 1987. In 2002, the airline merged with Japan Air System, Japan's third-largest airline and became the sixth largest airline in the world by passengers carried. The airline filed for bankruptcy protection on January 19, 2010, after losses of nearly ¥100 billion in a single quarter.


NOTE : The photos in this series are scanned and posted from the original 8" x 10" "glossies" in my collection. They were published / distributed by JAL for promotional use prior to 1978 without the required copyright notice attached, and have passed into the public domain. I have cropped and cleaned them up for your viewing enjoyment.

Photographer is uncredited (a work for hire) and is unknown to me.
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