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AirAsia Japan granted Air Operator’s Certificate

AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd. (CEO: Yoshinori Odagiri) today announced that the airline has been granted the Air Operator’s Certificate by the Civil Aeronautics Act by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, under the air transport business, Japanese Aviation Law Article 100. AirAsia Japan is scheduled to commence operations from their base at Chubu Centrair International Airpo...

Northrop builds first F-35 centre fuselage for assembly in Japan

Northrop Grumman has built the first F-35 centre fuselage destined for Japan’s domestic joint strike fighter assembly plant, operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The company says the centre fuselage is the core of AX-5, Japan’s fifth example, and will become the first to enter Japan's Nagoya final assembly and checkout plant instead of prime contractor Lockhe...

Japan's Ryukyu Air Commuter to Be Q400 Combi Launch Customer

Okinawa-based Ryukyu Air Commuter Co. has been identified as the launch customer for the Bombardier Q400 combi aircraft. Ryukyu Air Commuter, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines Group, has been revealed by Bombardier as the previously unidentified customer that ordered five Q400s in July 2014, when the Canadian manufacturer also launched the Q400 combi turboprop at the Farnborough Airshow. The...

MRJ first flight set for Oct. 26-Oct. 30 window

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has narrowed the target schedule for first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet(MRJ) to the last week of October. Mitsubishi had previously said the first MRJ flight would occur in the second half of October. In a Sept. 30 statement, it specified that first flight will take place between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30. “In implementing the flight test, utmost pri...

AL SKY WIDER II, the Latest Economy Class Seat for International Routes Wins Good Design Award in 2015

Japan Airlines (JAL) yesterday received Good Design award 2015 from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) for its latest Economy Class seat - JAL SKY WIDER II. JAL has been arranging this new seat on its Boeing 787 aircraft since December 2014, as the second installment of "New Spacious Economy" project for international service. In 2013, JAL SKY WIDER seats (the pre...

Japan Said to Plan 100 Billion Yen Investment in Mitsubishi Jet

The Development Bank of Japan is in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to invest 100 billion yen (US$831 million) in its development of the nation's first passenger plane in more than 40 years, two people familiar with the situation said. The state-owned bank wants to help stimulate Japan's aviation industry and will make a decision by the end of March, said one person, asking...