• June 28, 2017

Specially Painted Aircraft JAL MINION JET Introduced on Select Domestic Flights

~Minions from Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride, the brand-new attraction in Minion Park, the world's largest* Minion-themed area fly from Osaka all across Japan~


Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President: Yoshiharu Ueki, JAL) and USJ Co., Ltd., the operator of Universal Studios Japan (Headquarters: Konohana-ku, Osaka; President & CEO: J.L.Bonnier), begin services of specially painted aircraft JAL MINION JET (EMBRAER190) on domestic flights from July 27, 2017. To celebrate, JAL is teaming up with USJ and Illumination to sponsor Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride, the main attraction of Minion Park, the world's largest* Minion-themed area which opened on April 21, 2017.

JAL is an official sponsor airline of Universal Studios Japan. JAL MINION JET features a number of Illumination’s mischievous Minions from the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride on the aircraft. The Minions will be seen flying from Osaka across Japan.



Aircraft:               EMBRAER 190 (E190)

                            Configuration number: JA248J

                            Overall length:     36.2 m

                            Overall height:     10.6 m

                            Overall width:      28.7 m

                            Number of seats: 95 seats (Class J: 15 seats, ordinary seats: 80 seats)


Available Routes:

Osaka (Itami) = Akita, Sendai, Niigata, Nagasaki and Kagoshima

Niigata = Sapporo (New Chitose)

Tokyo (Haneda) = Miyazaki and Nanki Shirahama (starting August)



1. Routes operated by E190 will plan to be expanded in the future.

2. Route and Flight number operated by this specially painted aircraft will be announced on the JAL website in the evening before the departure day.

3. Operating route is subject to change.

Maiden Flight:

July 27, 2017 (Thursday)

JAL 2437 Osaka (Itami) - Miyazaki

Scheduled Departure Time: 14:20                Scheduled Arrival Time: 15:25


To add to the enjoyment of the flight, postcards of “JAL Minion Jet” will be available in the cabin.

For details, please visit website: www.jal.co.jp/minion/ (Japanese only)



Visitors of Universal Studios Japan between July 21 and August 31 can enter for a chance to win exclusive prizes, courtesy of JAL. To enter, visitors must touch their JMB Mileage card on the special Mileage Touch Pad Machines set up at “Minion Park” during the campaign period.

For campaign details and further information, please go to the link below:

www.jal.co.jp/dom/minion_jet/(Japanese only)


* Based on company research, three Minion-themed facilities and areas are in operation worldwide in June 2016.


Despicable Me, Minion Made and all related marks and characters are trademarks and copyrights of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved.



About Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 331 airports in 53 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 220 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline's loyalty program, has reached over 31 million members worldwide. Named the Best Asia-Pacific Major Airline for On-time Performance in 2016 by FlightStats, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become the most preferred airline in the world.

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About Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan is the world’s leading theme park wholly owned by Comcast NBCUniversal.  Bring You the Best of the World - as a theme park where its guests can have the world’s best experiences and create the world’s best memories, Universal Studios Japan offers the world-class entertainment such as authentic attractions and shows, based on not only Hollywood blockbusters but also very popular world class entertainment brands, and a variety of seasonal events entertain its guests to the fullest fun.

Universal Studios Japan has been always evolving itself since its grand opening in 2001 and has been accelerating its evolution with the launches of world-class entertainment in recent years as well. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been introduced in 2014 to be immensely popular, The Flying Dinosaur, an epoch-making flying coaster was built in Jurassic Park area in 2016, and Minion Park area and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride have just opened in April 2017. Universal Studios Japan has boosted its awareness and succeeded in establishing its positioning as a prominent entertainment and leisure landmark drawing many guests from distant areas in Japan as well as overseas.


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