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Airlines & Aviation Technical Schools to Start JAL/ANA Joint Training Program for Large Aircraft Maintenance Personnel.

Tokyo, Japan, Jan 24, 2007 - (JCN Newswire) - JAL Group and ANA Group will start training of first class aircraft line maintenance technicians, maintenance personnel who can confirm completion of maintenance, such as the pre-departure inspection of large aircraft operated by scheduled airlines, from April 2007 in cooperation and coordination with the Japan Aviation Technical College and Naka-Nippon Aviation College.

Currently, the JAL Group and ANA Group employ many graduates from aviation technical colleges who have obtained second class aircraft maintenance technician certificates and second class aircraft line maintenance technician certificates, qualifying them as being able to confirm the completion of maintenance of small aircraft (such as Cessnas) But the airlines shared the same interest in that there were few maintenance personnel qualified for large aircraft.

Therefore, to prepare for the retirement of maintenance personnel who were employed in the years of large scale expansion and to cope with the increase of maintenance activities to be provided by the coming increase in slots at Narita and Haneda airports, the airlines have held studies with related organizations on ways to effectively jointly train maintenance personnel for large aircraft by businesses and colleges.

Under the joint training program of maintenance personnel by the airlines and aviation technical colleges, an internship program will be introduced with the cooperation of the airlines to conduct training on large aircraft simulators, OJT (On the Job Training), that was difficult for aviation technical colleges to do independently. Trainees will be able to acquire the first class aircraft line maintenance certificates while enrolled at college.

Specifically, from FY2007, Japan Aviation Technical College and Naka-Nippon Aviation College will open a first class aircraft line maintenance technician course, which will provide basic training on aircraft in the first and second years on campus, and in the third year, knowledge and skills on large aircraft as interns under the guidance and supervision of instructors at airline training facilities and maintenance centers, at Haneda and Narita airports. In FY2009, ANA and JAL plan to recruit 15 interns each respectively, a total of around 30 personnel.

Training maintenance personnel for large aircraft at aviation technical colleges will not only enable the airlines to secure human resources with the qualities required of maintenance personnel in this age of low birthrate, but it is also meaningful for businesses and colleges to collaborate and cooperate in securing quality human resources and training qualified maintenance personnel.

About Japan Airlines Corporation

The JAL Group (TSE: 9205) is Japan's leading air transportation group, resulting from the integration of Japan Airlines and Japan Air System on October 2, 2002. On April 1, 2004 the Group was reorganized under a single "JAL/ Japan Airlines" brand, with Japan Airlines Domestic handling domestic passenger operations and Japan Airlines International responsible for international passenger and cargo operations. JAL International and JAL Domestic were integrated into one company in October 2006, now known as JAL International. Coordinating the group is Japan Airlines Corporation, a holding company. For more information, please visit www.jal.com.

About ANA

All Nippon Airways (TSE: 9202), or ANA, is the seventh largest airline in the world by passenger load (IATA ranking) and Japan's largest domestic carrier. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of US$8.1bn (JPY932bn) as of 29 Sep 2006. Carrying almost 50 million passengers every year to 50 destinations in Japan and 23 cities throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, ANA is recognized for outstanding passenger service both on the ground and in the air. In the greatest Japanese tradition of mixing hospitality with high technology, personalised a la carte service complements state-of-the-art entertainment systems and the latest in cabin design. ANA has been in the airline business for over 50 years, and combined with ANA Group companies, its activities extend across a host of complete travel and aviation-related services. For more information, please visit www.ana.co.jp.

Source: Japan Airlines Corporation

Contact:
Japan Airlines Corporation
Stephen Pearlman
Public Relations Manager
Tel: +81-3-5460-3109
Fax: +81-3-5769-6487
E-mail: stephen.pearlman@jal.com
Website: http://www.jal.com/en/corporate/

ANA
Rob Henderson
Public Relations
Tel: +81-3-5756-5683
Email: r.henderson@ana.co.jp
Website: http://www.ana.co.jp/eng/index.html


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