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Entry from March 03, 2013
Journey Always Late or Just Arrives Late (Japan Airlines or JAL backronymic nickname)

Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1953 and is the flag carrier of Japan. JAL was given the backronymic (back acronym) of “Joke About Life” in 1992, “Just About Late” and “Japan’s Always Late” in September 1993, and “Journey Always Late” in February 1994.

JAL has been nicknamed “Just Arrived Late” in 1999 and “Just Arrives Late” in 2011.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has the similar nickname of “Plane Always Late.”


Wikipedia: Japan Airlines
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) (日本航空株式会社 Nihon Kōkū Kabushiki-gaisha?, TYO: 9201), is an airline headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. It is the flag carrier of Japan and its main hubs are Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport), as well as Nagoya’s Chūbu Centrair International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. The airline and four of its subsidiaries (J-Air, JAL Express, JALways, and Japan Transocean Air) are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.
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JAL was established in 1951 and became the national airline of Japan in 1953. After over three decades of service and expansion, the airline was fully privatized in 1987. In 2002, the airline merged with Japan Air System, Japan’s third-largest airline and became the sixth largest airline in the world by passengers carried.

Google Grops: rec.travel.air
Newsgroups: rec.humor, eunet.jokes, rec.travel.air
From:
Date: 13 May 92 00:54:46 GMT
Local: Tues, May 12 1992 6:54 pm
Subject: Re: Acronyms for aircraft operators
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JAL (Japan Air Line) —Joke About Life

Google Groups: rec.travel air
Newsgroups: rec.travel.air
From: (N C Patterson)
Date: Sat, 1 May 1993 19:09:15 GMT
Local: Sat, May 1 1993 1:09 pm
Subject: Re: Airline Names
(...)
JAL Joke About Life (Japan Air Line)

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
Newsgroups: alt.tasteless.jokes
From: (Borge Haga)
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 1993 13:48:26 GMT
Local: Tues, Sep 7 1993 7:48 am
Subject: Re: AIRLINERs’ INITIALs
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JAL (Japan Air Lines)
- Just About Late
- Japan’s Always Late

Google Groups: rec.humor
Newsgroups: rec.humor
From:
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 1994 21:05:47 UTC
Local: Sun, Feb 20 1994 3:05 pm
Subject: Re: Funny Airline acronym
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JAL = Journey Always Late

Google Groups: rec.travel.air
Newsgroups: rec.travel.air, rec.travel, rec.humor
From: (Boerge Haga 42634)
Date: 28 Feb 1994 09:49:41 GMT
Local: Mon, Feb 28 1994 3:49 am
Subject: Re: Funny airline acronyms (looong)
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JAL (Japan Air Lines)
- Just About Late
- Japan’s Always Late

FlyerTalk Forums
NRT-LHR on ANA in First Class (Wow!)
doc
Nov 13, 99, 10:08 am
Thanks mjm, ANA is wonderful. My first experience with them was nearly 15 yrs ago on a domestic flight from NRT to Kyoto (love the views of Mt Fuji) and even this, though nothing like FC International was quite good! They have really put a squeeze on JAL (Just Arrived Late).

Airliners.net Discussion Forum
Topic: RE: Funny Names
Username: Sin777er
Posted 2001-10-29 14:16:04 and read 1051 times.
SQ=Snow Queen
SIA=Sheets in Aircraft
JAL= Just Arrived Late

JetPhotos.Net Forums
CanVoodoo
06-10-2009, 02:41 PM
Airline nickname list
This will not be new to most people here—it is an expansion of a list that has been around for years.
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Japan Air Lines (JAL)
Japanese Always Late
Jets Along Lazily
Jittery And Late
Journey Always Late

Google Books
Frequent Flyer Humor and One-Upmanship
By George W. Stewart
Indianapolis, IN: Dog Ear Publishing
2011
Pg. 64:
JAL—Just Arrives Late

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Sunday, March 03, 2013 • Permalink