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JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales

Jul 4, 2014

JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales

Japan Airlines Co. is preparing to seek a credit rating that will enable it to sell corporate bonds for the first time since the nation’s second-largest carrier relisted, widening its financing options. “We’ve just started preparations,” Norikazu Saito, head of finance, said in an ...

Jet maker enlists bullet train experts

Jun 26, 2014

Jet maker enlists bullet train experts

The maker of Japan’s first jet airliner is counting on bullet train specialists to prevent further delays in completing the plane. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has brought in rail project managers from parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to tighten control of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet ...

Boeing warns of ice risk for GE-powered 787s

Nov 25, 2013

Boeing warns of ice risk for GE-powered 787s

Boeing Co. told airlines that some Dreamliners with General Electric Co. engines must bypass thunderstorms as a precautionary measure, the latest advisory on the 787 that was grounded globally earlier this year. Dreamliners, powered by the GEnx engines, must avoid flying within 50 nautical ...

NYK seeks deep-sea oil, gas as cargo ebbs

Aug 9, 2013

NYK seeks deep-sea oil, gas as cargo ebbs

Nippon Yusen K.K. says development of deep-sea Brazilian oil and Australian gas will boost drill-ship and shuttle-tanker demand, helping the energy business post its first annual profit. The shipping line’s energy unit, excluding liquefied natural gas vessels, will report an operating profit of about ...

For Hitachi, there's life after ditching TVs

Nov 15, 2012

For Hitachi, there's life after ditching TVs

Hitachi Ltd. is showing Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. that there can be life after TV. The company ended 56 years of TV manufacturing in August as part of a turnaround from a record loss three years ago. President Hiroaki Nakanishi, a 42-year company ...

Apr 24, 2012

JAL may use 787s to fly to Madrid, Berlin after Boston debut

Japan Airlines Co., which began Boston services Sunday with its new Boeing Co. 787, may also use the fuel-efficient plane on routes to Spain and Germany as it bolsters services to smaller cities. The airline is considering flights to Madrid, Berlin and Dusseldorf, which ...

Mar 31, 2012

Narita to open Tokyo's first biz jet terminal

Tokyo’s first dedicated business-jet terminal opens Saturday as Japan tries to lure millionaire tourists from China and investment from multinationals adding Asian offices. The facility at Narita Airport, the nation’s biggest international gateway, will have dedicated customs and immigration counters, allowing travelers to avoid ...

Mar 7, 2012

ANA may boost Lufthansa venture

All Nippon Airways Co. may expand a venture with Germany’s Lufthansa after greater cooperation with partners helped the Japanese carrier double transfer passengers at Narita airport. ANA may form tieups with Lufthansa units Swiss International Air Lines AG, Austrian Airlines AG and Brussels Airlines ...

'Dinosaur Bridge' leads Tokyo push to ease traffic and boost economy

Feb 12, 2012

'Dinosaur Bridge' leads Tokyo push to ease traffic and boost economy

Tokyo’s “Dinosaur Bridge” opens to vehicles Sunday after 10 years of construction, with the world’s largest metropolis hoping it will cut traffic jams that slow vehicles to half of the nation’s average highway speed and boost its economy. The 2,618-meter span, officially named the ...