After a presence of nearly 53 years, the last two Douglas-built commercial jets flying in Japan are about to depart. Japan Airlines' remaining two MD-90s are due to leave the fleet shortly after being sold to Delta Air Lines.
The first Douglas jet in Japan was a DC-8-32 delivered to Japan Airlines in July 1960. Since then, the country has seen nearly every Douglas model, including the DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-11, MD-80, and MD-90.
Today, commercial jet aircraft in Japan are dominated by Boeing along with a small presence by Airbus and its A320 family. Airbus is slowly making inroads with its widebodies with an order for six A380s by Skymark Airlines, the first delivery of which is expected in 2015 according to Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database.