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
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.