Press Releases (American Region)


El Segundo, CA – March 23, 2010: Japan Airlines' American Region headquarters announces the arrival of Hiroyuki Hioka, the carrier's new CEO – The Americas. Mr. Hioka succeeds Atsuro Nishi, who had held the position since April 2009.

Like his predecessor, Mr. Hioka will reside in New York City and will concurrently hold the title of Vice President and Regional Manager – Eastern Region. The dual assignment greatly benefits the Eastern Region as Mr. Hioka will be proactively involved in day-to-day sales activities while he concurrently oversees all departments in the American Region. "The American Region is a solid revenue source for Japan Airlines, and it is therefore vital that we maximize its potential at this critical time as the company focuses on a speedy return to profitability," said Mr. Hioka.

Mr. Hioka joined Japan Airlines in 1981 after graduating from Kobe University with a Bachelor of Law degree. He has held several key positions during his career, including in Industrial Relations at both Tokyo Headquarters and at Narita Maintenance Center. In 2006, Mr. Hioka assumed the position of Vice President, Business Affairs Reappraisal, where he remained until his 2009 assignment as Vice President, General Affairs. Mr. Hioka was previously assigned to the U.S. from 2003 to 2006, where he was the Director of Administration in Honolulu.

Married with two grown sons, Mr. Hioka enjoys watching movies as well as both watching and playing sports. For many years, he coached a youth soccer team in Japan.

About Japan Airlines
The JAL Group, which includes Japan Airlines International and seven other subsidiary airlines, carried more than 41 million passengers in 2009. The Group's fleet of more than 270 aircraft is now in the process of a major renewal, with the Group introducing more fuel-efficient small and medium-sized aircraft such as the Boeing 737 New Generation series and the highly anticipated Boeing 787 "Dreamliner."

In autumn 2009, JAL completed the introduction of new 777-300ER four-class service onto its continental U.S.–Tokyo routes including New York (JL005/006 only), Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The new aircraft offers luxurious suites in JAL First Class, the improved JAL Shell Flat NEO seat in JAL Executive Class, and the industry's first shell-shaped slide-down seat in JAL Premium Economy. A member of the oneworld® global alliance, JAL offers customers many benefits including the JAL Mileage Bank frequent flyer program.

The carrier's American Region gateways include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Kona, Vancouver and São Paulo.
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