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Airbus Helicopters expands presence in Japan

Riding on its growing business, Airbus Helicopters will be adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan. Construction will commence in June 2019, with the new facility expected to be operational in November 2019.  The company’s existing facility is capable of accommodating up to 25 medium-sized helicop...

ATR estimates a market of 100 regional turboprop aircraft for Japan up to 2025

ATR presented a product and market update in Tokyo at the occasion of the visit of its new CEO, Stefano Bortoli. Considering market and social-economic trends and developments, ATR estimates a need for around 100 turboprop aircraft up till 2025 to upgrade the existing fleet and especially open up new routes to respond to the need of the continuous tourism development within Japan as well as the fu...

ATR 72 ready to fly in Japan

Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd (JAC) took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 following the conversion in June of one of its orders of an ATR 42-600 to its larger 72 version. The aircraft will have a 70-seat configuration. Hiroki Kato, President of Japan Air Commuter commented: “The performance of our existing ATR fleet has been highly satisfactory and this acquisition of an ATR 72-600 will allo...

Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Kansai-based helicopter operator Hiaratagakuen welcomed its second H145//BK117D-2 today, following the milestone delivery of its first unit in December 2017. Currently operating 14 H135 and one H145//BK117D-2, this new H145//BK117D-2 will join Hiratagakuen’s growing fleet to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions, and serves as a passenger and material transport. The first H145//BK...

Honda Aircraft Company expands sales to Japan

Honda Aircraft Company announced that it has expanded sales to Japanwith the appointment of Marubeni Aerospace as HondaJet Japan. HondaJet Japan will provide sales, service, and maintenance of aircraft in the region. In May 2018, the application for JCAB type certification was submitted and the first aircraft is expected to be delivered in the first half of 2019. Honda has c...

The ATR 72-600 arrives in Japan

Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd. (JAC) and ATR announced the conversion into an ATR 72-600 of one of the ATR 42-600s that the airline currently has on order. This conversion means the arrival of the ATR 72 in Japan. The carrier and ATR have previously signed firm contracts for the introduction of nine ATR 42-600s. JAC, a regional subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL), introduced its first ATR 42-600 early...

ANA Holdings and Honda Aircraft Company announce strategic partnership to expand business jet market

ANA HOLDINGS INC and Honda Aircraft Company announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership supporting the expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft's technologically advanced HondaJet. ANA, ANA HOLDINGS' flagship carrier and largest airline in Japan, which currently operates about 26...

Leonardo firefighting helicopters to be deployed by prefectures&agencies of Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima,Yamaguchi

Expanding presence in Japan includes first AW189 for a Japanese customer and the first firefighting configured AW169   • The AW189 and AW169, with two additional AW139s, will add to a fleet of 120 Leonardo helicopters operated in Japan also for government, medical emergency and first response missions • Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima and Yamaguchi agencies will replace older he...

Airbus Ventures makes investment in Japanese space communications start-up Infostellar

Space communications infrastructure innovator Is Airbus Ventures’ first move in Asia Airbus Ventures announced its lead investment in the $7.3 million Series A round for Infostellar, a Japanese developer of a cloud-based satellite antenna sharing platform. This financing funds the launch of Infostellar’s flagship platform StellarStation, expands its network of partner antennas,...

First Japanese-Built F-35A Officially Unveiled at Nagoya Facility

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and oversight from the U.S. Government. Approximately 200 people attended the ceremony including Japanese and United States government an...

Frasca International sells Airbus H125 helicopter flight simulator to Aero Asahi Corporation

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency medical service (EMS), search and rescue (S...

JAL and Dassault Falcon Service to offer private jet service

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, have agreed to launch a private jet service that will provide airline passengers flying from Tokyo to Paris with seamless interconnection to onward destinations in Europe and Africa. The JAL Falcon Business Jet Service, which includes ground transport between the JAL terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport...