JAL appoints new group president and executive VP


Beginning February 1, 2010, Japan Airlines Group will have new executives at the the helm.

Masaru Onishi, 54, has been elected to lead the JAL Group as the president of the Group’s holding company – Japan Airlines Corporation (JALS), and main air transport operator Japan Airlines International (JALI). He will also be assigned the role of chief operating officer (COO) for the holding company. Onishi joined Japan Airlines in 1978 and for the 6 months prior to his new assignment as president, was serving as the president of Japan Air Commuter and an executive officer of Japan Airlines International.

Hisao Taguchi, also 54, will be assuming the role of executive vice president of the Group and of Japan Airlines International, after serving as an executive officer in charge of the overall operations of the JAL Group in the Kyushu region since April 2009.

Under the leadership of the Group chairman Kazuo Inamori, and president Masaru Onishi, Japan Airlines hopes to continue to provide flight operations of the highest safety and service levels to its customers, and strive towards the rebuilding of the Group.