A Japan Airlines Boeing 777 returns to Haneda after an engine failure

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    Japanese airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline type:
    Full-service carrier

    Tokyo Haneda Airport, Tokyo Narita Airport

    Year of foundation:
    1951 year

    one world

    General Director:
    Yuji Akasaka


A Japanese airlines flight was forced to return to Tokyo Haneda Airport on Tuesday due to a problem with one of the plane’s engines. The Boeing 777-200ER (registration JA709J) was operating flight JL903 from Tokyo Haneda to Nahu, Okinawa with 300 passengers on board.


The incident began shortly after takeoff when the aircraft leveled off at FL400 when the crew reported a problem with the left engine. They decided to shut down the engine and return to the departure airport. The plane landed safely on Runway 23 in Tokyo Haneda about 75 minutes after takeoff.

The flight was later transferred to another plane Airbus A350-900 (registration JA05XJ), and arrived in Naha about four hours late.

Flight JL903 was flying from Tokyo Haneda to Naha when it experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff. photo:
BriYYZ via Wikimedia Commons

While further details of the incident remain unclear, Japan’s transport ministry has confirmed that there was no engine fire. Simple Flying has reached out to Japan Airlines for comment.

The incident happened just a day after the airline reported a loss of ¥19.5 billion ($146 million) for the period from April to June 2022. Japan Airlines has been hit hard by the pandemic and the subsequent slow opening of the country’s borders – currently only tourists traveling in organized groups can enter the country.

A closer look at the JA709J

According to data from ch-aviation.com, a Boeing 777-200ER that operated the flight to Naha, for almost 18 years. JA709J was delivered new to Japan Airlines in September 2004.

The aircraft, which is based in Tokyo Haneda, is used mainly for domestic flights and in recent days has operated sectors for Sapporo (CTS), Fukuoka (FUK) and Naha (OKA).

Japan Airlines is in the process of replacing its Boeing 777 fleet with Airbus A350s. Photo: Airbus

The aircraft is one of five Boeing 777-200ERs in the fleet of Japan Airlines. The aircraft is expected to be retired by 2023 and replaced by the Airbus A350. The airline currently operates 16 Airbus A350-900s, with two more on order and has an order for 13 Airbus A350-1000s. The larger -1000 variants are expected to be used on international flights and the -900s on domestic flights.

Japan Airlines’ Boeing 777-200ER seats 312 passengers in a two-class configuration: 286 passengers in economy class and 26 in business class. The airline’s Airbus A350-900 aircraft come with two different seating configurations, with a total of 369 or 391 passengers.

The best domestic airport in the world

Flight JL903 departed from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, one of two airports serving the Greater Tokyo area, the other being Tokyo Narita Airport. Before the pandemic, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport was the fourth busiest airport in the world, handling more than 87 million passengers in 2018 (after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International AirportBeijing Capital International Airport and Dubai International Airport).

According to Skytrax, Tokyo Haneda is the best domestic airport in the world and the second best airport in the world after Doha Hamad International Airport.

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