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Asia first eVTOL delivery slot reservation fee from Marubeni Corporation with Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace has secured a pre-delivery payment for the reservation of aircraft delivery slots from its existing customer - Marubeni Corporation. Following the joint working group partnership with Vertical, Marubeni has reserved aircraft delivery slots for 25 out of its up to 200 VX4 conditional pre-orders and becomes Vertical’s first customer in Asia to make a pre-deliv...

Nippon Cargo Airlines use Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for their cargo flights reducing the emissions of cargo transport

Nippon Cargo Airlines has for the first time used Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel for several cargo flights in November and December last year. SAF is supplied by Neste at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The flights with SAF are a result of NCA’s commitment to making consistent efforts to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, including using sustainable avia...

Intelsat and J-AIR offer the first free IFEC on regional aircraft in Japan

Intelsat along with Tokyo-based Japan Airlines announced Intelsat’s connectivity service will launch on the airlines' Embraer E190 aircraft for its subsidiary airline, J-AIR . Japan Airlines has installed Intelsat’s 2Ku system on the first of J-AIR’s E190 aircraft and will be installing 13 additional aircraft by autumn 2024. The airline has been offering free wirele...

ORC took delivery of its first ATR 42-600 covered by an ATR GMA

ORC took delivery of its first ATR 42-600 covered by an ATR Global Maintenance Agreement contract. The aircraft, delivered in Toulouse was ordered in July and carries the brand-new ORC livery. ORC will plan to start operating the ATR aircraft in July 2023 to further support the airline’s domestic activities in providing reliable essential connectivity from Nagasaki on the island of Kyushu in...

Japan orders two more Boeing KC-46A tankers

Boeing has been awarded a contract to deliver two additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, bringing the total on contract for Japan to six. Boeing delivered the first KC-46A tanker to Japan in October 2021, and a second in February 2022. Designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, the pr...

Embraer E195-E2 TechLion visits Japan for Embraer day event

The Embraer E195-E2 is on display at Tokyo Haneda Airport today as part of a two-day industry conference. The event, organised by Embraer, the market leader of commercial jets up to 150 seats, is set to deepen relationships with Embraer’s airline partners. Embraer E-Jets are the dominant aircraft family in the sub-150 seat category in Japan with 48 of the first-generation E-Je...

Joby Aviation applies for Japan aircraft certification

Joby Aviation has formally applied for its revolutionary aircraft design to be certified for use in Japan. The news comes as Japanese and U.S. regulatory authorities confirmed earlier today that they have reached an agreement to deliver a streamlined approval process for U.S. applicants who wish to validate their eVTOL  aircraft designs in Japan. Joby’s application to the Japan...

Toki Air takes delivery of an ATR 72-600 to start its operations

Japanese airline Toki Air took delivery of an ATR 72-600 via lessor NAC. Covered by a ten-year ATR Global Maintenance Agreement, the aircraft will support Toki Air’s mission of revitalising Niigata city and the surrounding regions of Japan. The carrier plans to start operations in 2023. Fourth airline to operate ATR aircraft in Japan, Toki Air has chosen the name of an ancestral bird a...

Airbus delivers 100th H135 in Japan

Since the delivery of the country first H135 to Toho Air Service in April 1997 for electronic news gathering activities, Japanese operators across the country have been tapping into Airbus Helicopters’ H135 operational excellence for a variety of missions spanning utility, emergency medical services, law enforcement, media broadcasting, passenger transportation, and training. Mo...

Toki Air signs ten year GMA contract to support its brand-new ATR fleet

ATR and Toki Air, a new Japanese airline, signed of a Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) contract for the operation of its two leased ATR 72-600 due to start in 2023. Toki Air, the fourth ATR operator in Japan, aims to deploy its services to revitalise Niigata city by increasing connections within and between surrounding regions, linking communities and supporting growth in a responsible...

Testing future eVTOL flight routes & concept of operations in the Kansai region - Airbus partners with Hiratagakuen

Airbus is partnering with Japanese helicopter operator Hiratagakuen to develop advanced air mobility services in the Kansai region and beyond. This is a key addition to the company’s strong regional footprint and growing international network to pioneer the future of mobility. Through this agreement, Airbus and Hiratagakuen will tackle crucial aspects required to launch a commercial tra...

Boeing to open Japan Research Center and expand sustainability partnerships

Boeing will strengthen its partnership with Japan by opening a new Boeing Research and Technology center. The facility will focus on sustainability and support a newly expanded cooperation agreement with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Boeing and METI have agreed to broaden their 2019 Cooperation Agreement to now include a focus on sustainable aviat...