A pilot for All Nippon Airways (ANA) has come under fire for writing derogatory comments on the Facebook page of rival airline Japan Airlines (JAL), which was bailed out in 2010 after going bankrupt.
The pilot was identified by eagle-eyed netizens who compared his public Facebook profile with pictures on ANA’s official website, leading to an investigation into his conduct.
Still, 2ch netizens are overwhelmingly supportive of the disgruntled pilot’s comments.
From J-CAST News:
ANA Pilot Writes Abusive Message On JAL Facebook Page: “JAL Is A Company That Has Gone Bankrupt And Is Surviving On Tax Money…Get Over Yourselves”
Over at JAL, on June 5 2014 178 domestic flights had been cancelled including those cancelled due to interruptions in the system that controls the weight balance of the aircraft and those due to mechanical issues. On the evening of June 6, JAL even posted an apology on its Facebook page. On the morning of June 7, the post in question was made in the comments thread on this status. The post read: “A company that has gone bankrupt and is surviving on taxpayer’s money….get over yourselves!”.
The user who made the post had made photographs on their Facebook page public, showing them watching a baseball match in their spare time, and net users indicated that someone with a similar face had appeared on ANA’s website as one of the company’s pilots.
ANA’s PR Department: “We’re Holding An Investigation And Will Handle The Matter Appropriately”
The article on the website had been uploaded in 2008, and the man gave information about the Osaka Itami Airport to Narita Airport route as the pilot of a Boeing 777. Confirming that the man who left the post was currently a pilot, ANA’s PR department commented:
“As well as holding an investigation, and dealing with the matter appropriately, we will also be continuing efforts to ensure stronger regulations regarding compliance”.
The Facebook page is similar in tone to a “fan page”. The problematic comment was immediately deleted; however, there were many users who criticised the pilot’s remark in the comments thread.
JAL was declared bankrupt in January 2010, and received three hundred and fifty billion yen in funding from the public and private fund, the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corporation of Japan. In September 2012, the organisation relisted JAL, and sold all shares in JAL, recovering almost two times as much as the injection of capital in 2010, thereby ending their aid to JAL. ANA insist that this battery of official assistance for JAL has “distorted the field of competition”.
Comments from 2ch.net:
He ain’t wrong.
Everyone who works at ANA: “Well said, pilot!”
I don’t think JAL are really getting carried away or anything.
What he’s said is fact.
Back in the day, they’d get a different wage even for doing the same work, but then in the end they were saved by the country, guess it’s just the pressure of commerce w
Isn’t he the kind of magnificent man who says things that you usually can’t say even though you want to and although they are right?
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck ooooooooooooffff JAL
What’s so wrong about what he said?
It’s not that I don’t get that he wanted to say it, but he should also think of his own position.
I sympathize with him.
He’s not wrong about anything. Well said that man.
From now on, I’m only flying ANA!
He’s only saying the truth.
People who work for other electricity companies should take out their anger on TEPCO too!
Just so right, this moved me.
I’m supporting ANA!