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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...

Honda, Embraer make first business jet deliveries

Honda Aircraft has announced starting deliveries of the HondaJet to customers two weeks after obtaining airworthiness certification. The initial deliveries to an undisclosed set of customers allow the North Carolina-based manufacturer to meet its goal of handing over aircraft by end-year. “I hope we soon will begin to see many HondaJets at airports around the world,” says Honda A...

Mitsubishi to review MRJ test and delivery schedule

Mitsubishi Aircraft is reviewing the development schedule for the MRJ regional jet, following the commencement of flight-testing. The airframer says the “entire schedule” from testing to initial delivery is being examined, in co-operation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mitsubishi has not specifically stated whether this review is an indicator of possible further delays to...

Japanese navy takes its last H135 training helicopters

The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has taken delivery of its final Airbus Helicopters H135 training helicopters. The 14th and 15th examples of the type were recently handed over, says Airbus Helicopters in a statement. Deliveries of the H135, designated TH135 in JMSDF service, commenced in 2011. Airbus adds that there are over 80 H135s operating in Japan. Roles includ...

Production of first Japan-built F-35A commences

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry has started work on the first Lockheed Martin F-35A to be assembled in Japan. The work took place at a Mitsubishi factory in Nagoya, and saw the mating of the aircraft’s wings, fuselage, and tail, says Lockheed in a statement. The aircraft is designated AX-5, and will be the fifth F-35A produced for the Japanese air force. Japan’s first four aircraft, de...