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All Nippon Airways Flight Returns After Bird Strike

An All Nippoon Airways (NH) flight bound for Tokyo Narita returned to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) Monday morning after a bird strike, according to a source familiar with the matter. The flight crew reported that the left engine was struck by a bird shortly after taking off from Guangzhou airport and required to return the aircraft to Guangzhou immediate...

Japan Touts Steps to Welcome Business Aviation

Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau (CAB; Booth C12349) is taking steps to make all of the country's airports more welcoming to business aviation. "We have to admit it was not so user friendly," said Hayato Yamaguchi, a CAB deputy director. "Many business jet users complained that Japan was closed, an inaccessible country for them." That began changing in 2010 when th...

JAL’s seasonal lunch delights with whimsy and flavour

By John Walton It’s not often that I’m surprised by a business class meal. Yet flying between Kyoto on a two and a half hour flight one afternoon this autumn, Japan Airlines managed to both surprise and delight me with a beautifully presented meal that tasted as good as it looked. JAL’s Boeing 737-800 regional business class is markedly more spacious than most recliner...

V Air Announced its New Flights to Japan

V Air is pleased to confirm its 3 Japan routes today and will launch Taipei-Nagoya, Taipei-Osaka and Taipei-Fukuoka consecutively from December 15, 2016. These new services mark the carrier to become the first Taiwan low-fare carrier stepping into Nagoya and Fukuoka markets. The carrier is scheduled to launch a celebration sale starting from November 13, offering introductory fare from TWD333/JPY&...

Japan's First Commercial Jet in 50 Years Makes Maiden Flight

Japan's first commercial jet in half a century made its maiden flight on Wednesday, in a breakthrough for the country's long-held ambition to establish an aircraft industry that can compete with some of the major players in global aviation. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took off on a one-hour return flight from Nagoya Airport to test Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp's ability to bring t...

MRJ progresses towards first flight next week

Mitsubishi Aircraft says it has simulated various scenarios on its engineering flight simulator in preparation for the MRJ regional jet’s maiden sortie, and that results thus far have proved promising. In an interview with Flightglobal, Mitsubishi’s vice-president and general manager of sales and marketing Yugo Fukuhara, says the manufacturer has simulated “normal and abnormal...

Spring Airlines Japan to Start International Operation Next Feb.

Spring Airlines Japan Co., Ltd. (IJ) announced Wednesday that it will start international operation in February 2016 after filling an application with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau to expand its business scoop. The low-cost carrier commenced domestic operations on Aug. 1, 2014 from its hub at Tokyo Narita Airport. It is now applying to expand its business scope to cover international ser...

JAL Achieves the Highest Ranking in the 2015 JCSI Survey

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced yesterday that it was ranked number one for "Loyalty" and "Customer Satisfaction" in the International Airlines category, according to results of the fourth JCSIiJapan Customer Satisfaction Indexjsurvey for 2015, conducted by Service Productivity and Innovation for Growth (SPRING). In the Travel category, JALPAK, a JAL subsidiary company, a...

First ANA flight departs from Brussels to Tokyo

The first flight operated by Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) between Brussels Airport and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport took off on Sunday. The new service between Japan and Belgium represents the airline’s sixth European destination and will play an important role in ANA’s strategy of expanding its international presence and brand awarenes...

JAL Group Announces Consolidated Financial Results

JAL Group (JAL) today announced the consolidated financial results for the first six months of the fiscal year of 2015 – the period from April 1 to September 30, 2015. For the details, please refer to attached [Consolidated Financial Results for the Six Months Ended September 30, 2015]. During the reporting period (hereinafter referred to as the “second quarter”), the Jap...

Star Wars Paint Jobs Reveal Ambitions of Japan's ANA

ANA Holdings Inc.'s bond risk jumped last year as the company announced its biggest-ever order for newaircraft. Now Japan's largest airline is being rewarded for the bravado that saw it give its fleet Star Wars paint jobs. The cost to insure the debt of ANA against nonpayment dropped to 58 basis points, the lowest since January 2008, from 128 a year earlier, according to data provider C...

Mitsubishi Aircraft gets regulatory clearance for MRJ’s first flight

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has given its approval for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to conduct the first flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). The clearance was the final regulatory hurdle before the MRJ’s first flight could take place. After repeated delays, the MRJ’s first flight is now scheduled for the week of Nov. 9. Mitsubi...