The countdown has started on the remaining days of three-engined commercial aircraft in Japan. The last flights of JL
DC-10s will be on October 31. One aircraft will fly HKG
and another NRT
. Originally, the last flights were supposed to be next year but due to the cost of fuel and drop in demand, the timetable was moved up.
The first jet 3-holer of course was the 727 in Japan waaaaay back in the 60s. L-1011s were operated by ANA from the mid-70s until 1995. JL
operated the MD
-11 from 1994 to 2004. Both ANA, JAL and some predecessors operated 727s.
After the DC-10s are off the Japanese register there will be only two aircraft that will be three engined. Two Dassault Falcon 900 operated by the Coast Guard.
At least we will still have plenty of other carriers providing flights into Japan with three-holers like FX