Cchan From New Zealand, joined May 2003, 1759 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 day ago) and read 3500 times:
Air Nippon used to fly YS-11s from Haneda to the outer islands like Oshima, but those flights have been replaced by Dash8s and/or 737s. Have been on one YS-11 flight in 2002, a very old aircraft that really need retirement.
FlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 903 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 19 hours ago) and read 3438 times:
This is OT, but, SonOfACaptain.
When I was much younger, I got to ride in one of Piedmont's YS-11's. Remember it well, I picked the YS-11 flight, 2 stop service, over a non-stop to my destination. The N/S was a 737, I and had already flown in one of those. This was back in the 70's, I guess I was an a.nut before there was even an internet available to the public.
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 3370 times:
@ William: Thanks for the info. No prob if not out of KMQ or TYO. I just saw that there are good connections via Haneda or Itami, so I might even be able to get my first 777 flights over there. Do you have any idea how long the YS-11 will still remain in service? Maybe you also know if JAL, ANA or any of the other carriers offer something like an air pass to travel a bit in the country?
@ Off-topic: Never mind, it's interesting reading for me as well
Cessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 3337 times:
Air Nippon (ANK) does not fly the YS-11 anymore. They retired them less than a year ago, but I do remember seeing one of their last flights from Fukuoka (I live within an hour's commute to FUK).
JAC does still fly them, however if you want to fly on one, your BEST bet is to come down to Fukuoka and take one to Kagoshima, while they are still here. I do not know when JAC will be retiring them, but I doubt that they will get new JAL colors, and I think that they might be phased out in the near future, but I have not heard anything about them.
They're quieter than a Fokker 50 than NAL flies in here several times a day, and they have a sort of classy majestic look to them when they come in to land.
I've taken a few shots of them before here, although not airliners.net material, they are good shots with lots of detail if anyone is interested...just drop me a line.
Also, go to that planepics.com site to check out the new Jal 777-300 in Olympic colors that I took...pretty rare to see, as she's only flown on domestic hops.
KLM747 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 669 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 3302 times:
JAC plans on retiring the YS-11 by FY2006. As Cessna said, Fukuoka is a good place to grab one. The airport has a wide variety of operations, including lots of widebodies and small regional planes. There is an observation deck on the domestic and international terminals.
I'm not aware of any air pass, but you can check JAL or ANA's website for some discounted domestic fares. Although not an air pass, you might be interested in a JR Rail Pass if you plan on any rail travel.