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Nakanihon Air reinforces utility capabilities with new H215 order

Nakanihon Air has ordered one H215 heavy helicopter to shore up its capabilities for utility and aerial work. “We are looking forward to receiving Airbus’ mission-proven H215 to support our wide-ranging activities in Japan,” said Taku Shibata, President of Nakanihon Air. “We believe the H215 offers the enhanced precision and stability we require, which will not on...

Tokyo Metropolitan Government evaluates the AW609 tiltrotor unique capabilities

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently announced the intention to evaluate the AW609 multirole commercial tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to deliver unprecedented levels of transport to Ogasawara island in the future. The distinguished characteristics of the world’s first commercial tiltrotor, combining turboprop-like performance (speed, range, altitude) and rotorcraft versatility...

60 years of long-standing partnership - Airbus Helicopters with Japan

Airbus Helicopters marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan this year. Since its predecessor Sud Aviation entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Nozaki & Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1960, followed by the company’s first helicopter delivery – an Alouette II – in 1961, there are over 370 Airbus helicopters flying in the country today for a variety of m...

Kawasaki receives order for new H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter

Kawasaki Heavy Industries received  an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (D-3) by NMB-Minebea Thai Ltd. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-3 order from overseas, and the customer plans to utilize the helicopter for transport operations of its employee and related personnel in Thailand after the delivery scheduled in March 2022. The D-3 is an improved...

Five new helicopters for Japan National Police Agency

Japan National Police Agency has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods transportation, disaster relief, as well as...

Two more H225 helicopters for Japan Coast Guard

Japan largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. “We thank the Japan Co...

ANA expands fleet placing an order for 20 New Boeing 787s

ANA HOLDINGS will expand its fleet with the mixed order of 20 new Boeing 787-10 and 787-9 aircraft, a move that leaves it well positioned for long term success as the airline increases its emphasis on sustainability. The decision was approved at the board meeting, and the order will include a firm order of 11 787-10 aircraft and nine 787-9 models (with four firm order and five optional). The...

First Flight of first GTF Engine produced in Japan

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation completed its maiden flight with the first Pratt & Whitney GTF™ PW1200G engine assembled in Japan. The flight was completed in the United States at the company’s Flight Test Center in Moses Lake, WA, and was performed by the company’s Flight Test Aircraft 1. With the success of this fligt an important milestone was marked for the...

All Nippon Airways and Singapore Airlines deepen the partnership

All Nippon Airways and Singapore Airlines have signed a joint venture framework agreement that would deepen the partnership between the two Star Alliance carriers. This joint venture, which is subject to regulatory approvals, aims to provide customers with more seamless flight connectivity between the two carriers and access to a wider network. It would allow ANA and SIA to further stren...

The establishment of comprehensive AW139 training capabilities in Japan

Leonardo announced the purchase of an AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator by Suzuyo & Co of Japan. The AW139 FFS will be manufactured by Leonardo in collaboration with CAE and installed at Suzuyo & Co facilities located in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and will be operated by its subsidiary Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation (SACC). The contract marks the introduction of the first AW139 FF...

ANA Third FLYING HONU A380 expanding its Fleet for the Narita-Honolulu Route

ANA launching the third of its specially designed FLYING HONU Airbus A380s to offer both daily flights between Narita and Honolulu on these unique aircraft. ANA currently provides two flights daily on the Narita-Honolulu route, with 10 flights served by Airbus A380s and four operated by Boeing 777s. Starting on July 1*1, ANA will begin simultaneously operating its three Airbus A380s*2 to...

Hokkaido Air System takes delivery of First ATR 42-600

ATR delivered the first of two ATR 42-600 aircraft to Hokkaido Air System, a JAL Group Company. This delivery marks the first step in HAC’s replacement of its Saab 340 fleet. The delivery of this aircraft will ensure that essential regional air connectivity in Hokkaido can continue. The ATR 42-600 will offer HAC increased capacity for the same operating costs – generating opportun...