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Transport Ministry of Japan issued A350 XWB Type Certificate

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation, and Tourism (MLITT) has issued Type Certification for the Airbus A350 XWB,  enabling the A350 XWB first customer from the country Japan Airlines to operate the aircraft. The type certification covers the aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Airbus Japan President Stephane Ginoux said, “Receiving the A350 XW...

ANA Takes Delivery of its First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

With the addition of Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner,All Nippon Airways became the first Asian airline to operate every Dreamliner airplane model Delivery bolsters the world’s largest in-service 787 fleet to 67 As a stretch of the popular 787-9, the 787-10 carries a total of 330 seats in a standard two-class configuration, adding about 40 more passengers, while setting new benchmarks for fu...

New H135 with Helionix delivered to Japan's Mainichi Newspapers

An entry-into-service ceremony held at the Mainichi Newspapers’ base in Haneda, Tokyo, to celebrate the delivery of a brand new H135 with Helionix from Airbus Helicopters. The new H135 will complement Mainichi Newspapers’ existing fleet of three H135 helicopters, replacing its Airbus AS350B. The four H135 helicopters will be jointly operated by Kyodo News from April 2019, in el...

JAL announced The Establishment of a Business Jet Service Company

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Marubeni announced the establishment of a new business jet company to meet the expanding demand of the service in Japan. Services will include the arrangement of the charter flight, management of the privately owned aircraft and provide operational and concierge services to business jet operators and to customers flying to Japan; with a target to start the service during t...

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...