JAL opened Sky Museum at Haneda Airport - Remodeled Maintenance Hangar Tour Facility
Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. (JAL) opened the Sky Museum inside its maintenance hangar at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
JAL has completely remodeled the tour course inside the airline's Haneda hangar. The JAL Hangar Tour at the Sky Museum is open to the public. Inside are aviation-related documents (paper and digital archives) dating back to the airline's creation in 1951, a 50-meter-long chronological table of JAL's history, as well as exhibits with cabin crew uniforms and large models of aircraft JAL has used over the years. JAL is also making some materials public for the first time ever in its Special Flight and Imperial Household Flight records. In addition, the Sky Museum has booths set up to present the work performed by flight crews, cabin crews, aircraft mechanics, airport staff, ground staff and baggage handlers. Visitors learn interesting information from tour guides and get the chance to experience some of the work JAL employees perform and try on the uniforms. The Sky Museum also has a walkway leading straight into a hanger where real aircraft undergo maintenance.
The Sky Museum is located at JAL Maintenance Center 1 (Haneda Airport JAL M1 Building, 3 Haneda Airport, Ohta Ward). A typical tour course last 90 minutes: aviation seminar (30 minutes), exhibit tour (20 minutes) and hangar tour (40 minutes). Excluding New Year's holidays the museum is open daily with tours starting at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Visitors can book tours up to six months in advance through the JAL website. The tour is designed for visitors of at least elementary school age. Admission is free of charge.
The Sky Museum is part of JAL's corporate social responsibility and promotional programs. Around 92,000 visitors took the tour in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.