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Last YS-11 airliners will be retired

Date Posted: 1999-03-26

The last two YS-11 type propeller-driven passenger planes used by the Japan Trans Ocean Airlines (JTA), will be retired in April and July. These two passenger planes bear names "Bashou" and "Fukugi." JTA originally named the planes by a public contest.

They are currently used for moving people between mainland Okinawa and smaller outer islands. JA 8710, named Bashou, has been in active service from Dec. 1968, and Fukugi had its maiden flight in Oct. 1973. The two planes have played an important part in JTA's flight service between Okinawan islands. Both of planes are scheduled to continue service under other companies' flags.

According to JTA spokesman, the main reason for discontinuing the use of YS-11 planes is escalating operating and maintenance costs. Newer small jetliners that the company uses now are much cheaper to maintain and repair.

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