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ANA Dreamliner Bound for Tokyo Turns Back on Engine Problem

An ANA Holdings Inc. Dreamliner bound for Tokyo returned to Kuala Lumpur because of an engine issue. The plane had 203 passengers and 11 crew members, ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said by phone in Tokyo, where the carrier is based. The cause is yet to be determined. The Boeing Co. 787 plane is powered by Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc engines. The enginemaker and the planemaker said they are aware...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet to resume flight test program

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation says says its Regional Jet program has resumed flight tests. The test flight conducted on Wednesday afternoon is the fourth test flight of the MRJ. The first flight took place on November 12. “Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation today resumed flight tests of the FTA-1 for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet),” the company said in a statement on Wedne...

HondaJet Nominated for 2015 Collier Trophy

Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet is one of nine nominees—and the only business jet contender—selected by a National Aeronautic Association (NAA) committee to vie for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the NAAannounced on Tuesday. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.” While the&nbs...

In 2001, Two JAL planes carrying 677 in total narrowly avoids disaster

15 years ago, two Japan Airlines jetliners narrowly avoided a mid-air collision near Yaizu, Shizuoka, Japan.   Japan Airlines Flight 907, a Boeing 747-446D (JA8904)  was en-route from Haneda International Airport to Naha International Airport with 411 passengers & 16 crew members on board.   Japan Airlines Flight 958, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-40 (JA8546) was...

ANA confirms order for three A380s

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed that it has ordered three Airbus A380s that will be used on its Tokyo-Honolulu route. Parent company ANA Holdings says in a statement that the aircraft will be used to strengthen its position in the leisure and resort markets. “The A380 allows us to efficiently expand seating capacity at a lower cost per seat while offering a flexible range o...

Revealed: Japan's New Fighter Prototype

Japan unveiled its new fighter demonstrator to the public on Thursday, giving a glimpse of what the future of fighter jets may look like. Meant to showcase a variety of new tech, the X-2 stealth aircraft will almost certainly lead to a sixth-generation fighter aircraft designed to counter the new breed of advanced Chinese fighters. Painted in the red and white colors of Japan, the X-2 was unvei...

Japanese Airlines Look to Drop Absurd Fuel Surcharges, Are Award Tickets Going to Get Cheaper?

Fuel surcharges don’t matter much to most consumers. They’re advertised as part of the paid fare when buying a ticket. They even earn credit in revenue-based frequent flyer programs. They really only matter to consumers who have airfare discounts that don’t apply to the surcharges, and to frequent flyers booking awards. United never collects fuel surcharges on awards Americ...

Global Eagle renews strategic content deal with JAL

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.,a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, today announced a multi-year renewal of its strategic content services agreement with JAL Brand Communications, LTD (JBC), a JAL subsidiary managing Japan Airlines (JAL) IFE operations. As part of the agreement, GEE will provide a full range of co...

Mitsubishi reduces MRJ seat count

Mitsubishi Aircraft has reduced the number of seats on both the MRJ90 and the MRJ70, ostensibly with the goal of increasing seat pitch. The MRJ90 will now have 88 seats, down from 92; the MRJ70 will have 76 seats, down from 78. The changes were reflected on a new website launched last November. Cutting the number of seats will allow the MRJ to have an “industry standard” seat pit...

ANA to buy 8.8% stake in Vietnam Airlines

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy a minority stake in Vietnam Airlines. The MoU calls for the Japanese carrier to acquire 8.8% of Vietnam Airlinesfor VND2.4 billion ($108 million), says ANA in a one page statement. The agreement will help the two carriers take “maximum advantage” of air traffic growth between Japan and the Vie...

Mitsubishi to beef up MRJ fuselage and wings

Mitsubishi Aircraft will strengthen the MRJ regional jet’s airframe and upgrade its software, following an announcement last week about a year-long delay to the aircraft’s delivery schedule. The Japanese manufacturer tells Flightglobal that it has scheduled two months to strengthen the aircraft’s airframe, as well as upgrade the software for its avionics, flight control system...

Mitsubishi delays MRJ deliveries by a year

Mitsubishi Aircraft is to delay the first delivery of the MRJ regional airliner by around a year, to mid-2018. Initial delivery of the aircraft had been scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. But the airframer recently disclosed that it was reviewing the entire development plan following the commencement of flight-testing. Mitsubishi has revealed that it will amend the schedule, shifting...