Japan Airlines will have its first female president from April

Mitsuko Tottori, 59, who began her career at the company in 1985, will be the first woman to run the airline

Japan Airlines has announced a change in company management from April 1st when Mitsuko Tottori will take over the position, replacing Akasaka Yuji as president of the company.

A JAL employee since 1985, Tottori will be the carrier’s first female president.

She joined the company as a flight attendant until 2005 when she moved into management roles. Since mid-2023, Mitsuko has been heading Customer Experience as Senior Vice President.

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In a statement, Japan Airlines stated that “The JAL Group will strive in unity towards ensuring the highest level of safety in all flight operations, continue to improve the quality of the products and services to our valued customers, and increase its corporate value and
contribute to the growth and development of society”.

Mitsuko Tottori (Japan Airlines)

One of the most traditional Japanese airlines, JAL is in the process of modernizing its fleet and recovering losses suffered in the past decade.

After several years as a traditional Boeing customer, Japan Airlines began flying with Airbus A350 widebodies. In December, the airline received the first A350-1000, which will be its main long-range, large-capacity aircraft in the fleet.

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