JAL Ordered to Improve Operations after Drinking Scandal

Economy Society

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry issued a business improvement order to Japan Airlines <9201> on Friday, following a recent heavy drinking incident involving a JAL copilot.

The ministry summoned JAL President Yuji Akasaka and handed him the order.

The ministry also gave stern warnings to All Nippon Airways, the core unit of ANA Holdings Inc. <9202>, and subsidiary ANA Wings, along with Skymark Airlines, over similar problems, urging them to take thorough steps to prevent any recurrence.

In October, alcohol substantially exceeding the limit was detected in a JAL male copilot before a flight from Britain and he was detained by local police.

JAL fired the copilot after a court sentenced him to 10 months in prison without suspension.

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