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Jul 3, 2002
Does anyone know how to get into JAL or ANA as a US citizen? I heard JALWays takes in younger guys??? I have a spouse visa so residency wouldn't be a problem.
These are the requirements for a DC-10 Captain.

2500 total flying hours as a pilot.
300 hours jet time (60 pax or more).
20/60 or better in each eye, correctable to 20/20.
Strict height/weight limits.

That seems to be somewhat frightening. Making mental note to never fly JAL.

Be prepared for a very intrusive physical, unbelievably anal training, and a very different cultural paradigm.
Those times are the same for both captain and FO requirements. The note next to the asterisk says that everyone is hired as an FO with the opportunity to upgrade to captain.

Someone wanting to fly for these guys should eat more sushi and fewer Big Macs in order to meet the cholesteral requirement.

It used to be that IASCO, http://iasco.com/index.html , supplied a lot of American pilots to JAL. It still might. IASCO also trains Japanese nationals to be JAL pilots.

I was associated with IASCO in Napa very briefly. Draginass hit the nail on the head big time about the training and paradigm.
Neither JAL or ANA hire Americans on permanent hire. ANA prefers only Asian cits. for any type of hire. JAL will still hire Americans on contract based only on certain fleets. Sorry if this is bad news for you. But if you live in Japan for long enough you can try for cit. ship. Our immigration dept. is a pain though.

Best of luck to you.

I'm just speculating here, but I think that "JALways" is going to be a long-haul, low-cost carrier for Japan Air Lines. It is essentially the same thing that Delta and USAirways did. The so-called, "airline within an airline".
Airline competition in Japan has been very limited, and only recently have new start carriers begun operations there. AirDo is an example of that and I think that investors were just awaiting to see what happened before they jumped in with both feet. I think that JAL is trying to beat other potential operators to the punch and capture the long haul/no frills market. Flying to destinations on the PacRim is very lucrative, especially from Hawaii and the west coast markets.
I spent a lot of time in the Orient and was stationed in Japan for two years. Personally, I LOVED every second that I was over there. However, it does require some adjustments to lving in a different culture, but the Japanese are very America friendly. You won't be lacking for anything there that you couldn't get here in the states. You will pay more for it, but even "Starbucks" has a significant presence in Japan along with McDonalds, Disney and even 7-11! If you love junk food than Japan is the place to be, they love it!
An earlier post mentioned "anal-type training" Yup... The Japanese are a very disciplined workforce and they follow the book to the letter in most cases. We used to work with the Japanese Navy (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) and I can vouch for this. I would also expect a very thorough syllabus, and they will more than likely go to great pains not to embarass you even if you bust the ride...
Lastly, from what I hear the domicile is HNL, and only the training is in Japan. More than likely at JAL's facility in Tokyo. So, if you get hired, relax and enjoy your time off there as much as possible. eat out a lot, ride the trains, see the sites and hospitality of a truly great population.
As far as the anal training is concerned, expect sonewhere in the region of 6 months of ground school before you even see a sim. They will expect you to know EVERYTHING about the aircraft you will be flying.... all those extremely detailled schematics that you never really looked at before will have to be completely memorized.

Cockpit culture runs along the lines of 'the captain is God and he is always right', although this is very, very slowly changing. Don't expect much in the way of CRM. (I don't know this from personal experience but have close frends at ANA and Korean Air).

On the bright side, the pay can be excellent and a HNL base is great if you like that sort of thing. Remember, however that you will have no jumpseat opportunities to get back to the mainland.

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