The 3rd of March is a special day for girls in Japan as
families celebrate and pray for the happiness and health of their
daughters in a popular local festival known as Hinamatsuri (Doll's
For a month leading up to Girls' Day (as it is also
commonly known), families with daughters display in their homes
traditional Japanese ornamental dolls known as Hina ningyo,
comprising figures of an emperor, empress, their attendants and
musicians atop a 7-tier platform.
To celebrate this traditional and fun day, JAL operated a special all-girls / ladies
flight from Tokyo (Haneda) to Seoul (Gimpo) with the airline's
first aircraft that has been painted with the latest red crane
All staff members who worked on and operated that flight, with the only exception of the captain, were women; namely
staff members supporting passenger handling at the gate, cargo
loading on the ramp, maintenance of the aircraft prior to
departure, as well as cabin attendants and the co-pilot.
JAL also conducted Hinamatsuri Flights in 2009 and 2010 on
domestic routes, but this year, with the recent opening of Haneda's
international terminal, the designated flight was the scheduled
international Flight JL091 from Tokyo to Seoul (Gimpo).
"I am grateful to many who supported this flight - my
first with the aircraft spotting the crane livery," said Madoka
Tachikawa, co-pilot of the flight today. "Without forgetting this
feeling I have of flying this special flight, I shall work hard to
continually provide safe and comfortable journeys for our
customers." Ms. Tachikawa was appointed a co-pilot licensed to fly
Boeing 767 aircraft in April 2006.
Almost half of the
workforce at Japan Airlines are women, including 4 co-pilots, 93
maintenance staff and 76 cargo-handling staff on the airline's
Last year, JAL subsidiary JAL Express
welcomed the group's first female pilot Ms. Ari Fujii who pilots
Boeing 737-400 aircraft which is currently used domestically.
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