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Old 07-12-2019, 06:55 AM   #1
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Japan's first post-war civil airline actually took the skies at 07.43 on October 25, 1951, when JL 301, a twin-engine Martin 202, chartered from Northwest Airlines, lifted off from Haneda Airport in Tokyo bound for Osaka and Fukuoka with 41 passengers and crew on board. At that time, Japan was still under U.S. Occupation and essentially controlled by the Supreme Command of the Allied Powers (SCAP). The ownership and operation of aircraft by Japanese was banned. However, in 1951 SCAP sanctioned the go-ahead for the organisation and launch of what was to become Japan Airlines.

After the domestic launch, international service followed in February 2nd 1954 when a newly organised Japan Airlines, jointly financed with government and private backing, inaugurated transpacific flights to San Francisco via Wake Island and Honolulu using Douglas DC6B aircraft. The 1970's were the age of the Boeing 747 and the wide-bodied jet and JAL adopted the Boeing giant as the backbone of its fleet, eventually becoming the first airline to take delivery of 100 Boeing 747's.

The year of 2001, JAL's 50th anniversary of flight operations, was also the 100th anniversary year of the birth of Walt Disney. The JAL Dream Express 21 campaign features aircraft decorated with special Disney character designs and, throughout the year of 2001, the airline had other enjoyable events. JAL's special Disney inspired liveries cover five different themes and are painted on a total of six aircraft. The design of aircraft number 6 is based on the outcome of a unique competition for Japanese junior school children, who were invited to write a story with the theme of a jolly journey by Mickey Mouse and his friends. Out of 2,255 entries, the winner is 6th-grade junior school pupil Kumiko Yamaguchi from Fukuoka, Western Japan, for her entry entitled " Flight of Dreams ".Her story was published in picture book form by the end of the 2001 and Disney artists have prepared the design for the 6th special Dream Express aircraft which took to the skies from Fukuoka, Kumiko's home city, on October 28 2001 as flight JL353. (yet to be released by JCW )


There was a special commemorative plaque onboard for inflight snap shots on all these aircraft. Each passenger received a zip lock bag with a post card of the aircraft they were on and a badge. All cabin attendants wore special uniforms. Small children were given free Disney character toy and and Disney colouring book and pencils each. All seat head rest covers featured special Disney theme. The inflight Disney channel was offered for free on flights. On JDE #4 international flights Disney merchandise was available for sale on board duty free.


So here goes something of which is fair to say, may not be of much interest to most collectors, is the history leading up to JAL's 50th anniversary JAL DREAM EXPRESS 21 campaign in co-opraration with Walt Disney International Japan. Here is what has been released in 1:200 diecast. Just JDE 6 yellow Dream Story to come by JCW. It would be nice if JCW also released the 50th anniversary of the the Hawaii special aircraft that has already been released by Inflight.

JDE 1 FRIENDS (WHITE) JA8908 #BBOX 2534 747-400D
JDE 2 SWEET (PINK) JA8904 #BBOX 2860 747-400D
JDE 3 FAMILY (BLUE) JA8083 #BBOX 2535 747-400D
JDE 4 DISNEY SEA Theme Park (grand opening 2001)JA8912 #BBOX 2530 747-400
JDE 5 DISNEY SEA Theme Park (grand opening 2001) JA8905 #BBOX 2531 747-400D
JDE 6 "DREAM STORY" JA8084 #BBOX ???? 747-400D - to be released

JAL's first flight was on a Martin 202 charted from Northwest. (see tail shot with Martin 202 and 747-400 on tail) While 1,2,3,5 & 6 flew on domestic routes., number 4 flew international routes and was a frequent flyer down to Sydney.


















To complete JAL's 50th anniversary set this one needs to follow


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Old 07-12-2019, 10:57 PM   #2
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Very nice! I like the JAL Dream Express c/s very much! Nice to see them all together on your photos! As well as the 50 years B744!
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I really like the idea of an "aircraft-on-aircraft" livery as a way to celebrate an anniversary. JAL did a great job with their 747. Definitely an eye catcher and a stunning model!
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Very nice 747 collection Steve! Also like the dc6 on a 747, great livery.
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Thanks guys.
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Is that the full art series collection? If so, congrats on completing your Queens!

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No... there is one missing which has to be done by JCWINGS...
The yellow one (with the big mouse which is only perfectly seen directly in front)
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No... there is one missing which has to be done by JCWINGS...
The yellow one (with the big mouse which is only perfectly seen directly in front)
If it's the JCWings mould that you like, then Gemini uses the same I believe. Perhaps they might be inclined to make on as well?
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JCW made all of the six set a long long long time ago Anthony. They have just been waiting, and waiting in a warehouse in Hong Kong for long time staggered world wide release at JCW discretion. All the display stands are the same old, same old, and rightly so. So they should be. To match the entire set. So there is no need of a question of if, but when.



Here are some of the on board welcome badges and post cards that I have collected, that were offered to passengers during this Dream Express 21 Campaign.



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Disney Sea Grand Opening September 4 2001









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I was just thinking this by looking at the good old wooden/metal stand

I hope that also someday JCWINGS (or even IF200) will make the two JAL "Dream Express" B747's...

They would perfectly go with their little B767 brother (done also from JCWINGS)
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No... there is one missing which has to be done by JCWINGS...
The yellow one (with the big mouse which is only perfectly seen directly in front)
Count me in on that one!
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Awesome pictures and information!! I can't wait for JDE #6 to be released so that the collection is somewhat complete. Base don your post, I am no going to search high and low for those badges and postcards. Thanks for this extremely informative post!
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Awesome pictures and information!! I can't wait for JDE #6 to be released so that the collection is somewhat complete. Base don your post, I am no going to search high and low for those badges and postcards. Thanks for this extremely informative post!

It has come to my attention that my post is misleading and upon review it is with regard to the model released by Inflight200 JAL's 50th Anniversary of Hawaiian flights has nothing to do with the JAL's 50th birthday
JAL DISNEY EXPRESS JDE 21 campaign. Please accept my apologies for any confusion. Billville Please check you PM
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JAL’s B-747 with the DC-6 livery is so cool, thanks for the photo.
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