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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...

MRJ's FTA-3 Completes Ferry Flight to the U.S.

We are excited to announce that flight test aircraft #3 (FTA-3) of our Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program touched down at Grant County International Airport in Washington State, USA, at 11:24 am on April 1 (JST) (7:24 pm on March 31 in local time). FTA-3 took off from Nagoya Airfield at 9:23 am on March 13 (JST), and arrived at the Airport, via Guam International Airport, Majuro Interna...

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs. Honda has declined to reveal the costs, but the automaker has been researching aircraft development since 1986, and Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at aero...

Mitsubishi MRJ’s Latest Development Status

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced that MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will adjust the first delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) from mid-2018 to mid-2020. The change is due to revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification. MHI recently established the MRJ Bu...