“Japan Airlines (JAL) Sky Museum” is located in close proximity to Haneda Airport and has the purpose of introducing the role of airplanes, their structure, how they operate and tidbits. The exhibits at the museum give visitors useful information, and guided tours are also available for those who want to understand in more detail.
To participate in the tours (free of charge), reservation is required through the Internet. With the exception of New Year holidays, the tours are available every day at the following times: 10 am to 11:30 am, 11 am to 12:30 pm, 1 pm to 2:30 pm, 3 pm to 4:30 pm. Reservations open from 9:30 am, 6 months prior to the tour date. The 90-min tour consists of spending 20 min in the exhibits area, 30 min in the aviation classroom and 40 min in the hangar.
In the exhibits area, the corporate history of JAL, founded in 1951, is explained along with a display of historical uniforms, in-flight magazines and posters. The roles of the staffs working for the airline are also introduced, and visitors can experience some of the roles such as aircraft ground handling.
In addition, a photo spot is available, allowing visitors to try on the uniforms of pilots and the mechanic or ground staff. The uniforms are especially made for the shooting and easy to wear using Velcro.
The aviation classroom is taught by former staffs. With photos and visuals and their experiences, the staffs talk about airplanes, airports and more. The seats of the classroom are aligned as three on the right, four in the middle and three on the left, modeling after the interior of an airplane.
The highlight of the museum is the hangar tour showing what an airplane under maintenance looks like. You can see a real airplane close by and learn about the body parts such as engines and tires. Boeing 777 has 22 fan blades (manufactured by GE) per engine which all together costs more than 220 million yen. The highly functional and beautiful fan blades are also exhibited at MoMA in New York.