Harlequin Air

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Harlequin Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded20 January 1997 (1997-01-20)
Commenced operations19 December 1997 (1997-12-19)
Ceased operations30 April 2005 (2005-04-30)
(integrated into Japan Airlines Domestic)
HubsFukuoka Airport
Fleet size2
Destinations3 (plus 7 international charters)
Parent companyJapan Air System
HeadquartersHakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan
EmployeesKosuke Uematsu
(President & CEO)

Harlequin Air Co., Ltd. (ハーレクィンエア, Hārekuin Ea) was an airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Fukuoka Airport in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.[1][2] It was owned by Japan Air System (later Japan Airlines Domestic in 2004), operating domestic passenger services.

Scheduled flights were wholly sold by Japan Airlines, therefore no ticket carried JH. Essentially, Japan Airlines wet leased them.


McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30, JA8550
McDonnell Douglas MD-81, JA8552

The airline was established on 20 January 1997 and started operations on 19 December of that same year as an affiliate of Japan Air System.[3]

In November 2001, JAS was absorbed by Japan Airlines.[4] On April 30, 2005, Harlequin Air was integrated into Japan Airlines Domestic.


Country City Airport Notes
Australia Brisbane Brisbane Airport Charter
Sydney Sydney Airport Charter
Canada Vancouver Vancouver International Airport Charter
China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Charter
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Charter
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Charter
Japan Fukuoka Fukuoka Airport Hub
Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport
Sapporo New Chitose Airport
New Zealand Christchurch Christchurch Airport Charter


During its eight-year existence, Harlequin Air operated only two aircraft (both leased from its parent Japan Air System):[5]

Harlequin Air fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 1 1997 2000 JA8550
Operated by Japan Air System
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 1 1998 2004 JA8552
Leased from Japan Air System

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "会社概要." Harlequin Air. October 27, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "ハーレクィンエア会社概要." Harlequin Air. December 7, 1998. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "See more articles from AP Online Japan Air System To Cut 1,000 Jobs[dead link]." Associated Press.
  4. ^ "2002/11/15 Interim Financial Information Archived February 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Japan Airlines.
  5. ^ "Harlequin Air Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved October 11, 2019.

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