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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 ...

JAL hoping DPJ doesn't cut loans

Sep 12, 2009

JAL hoping DPJ doesn't cut loans

Japan Airlines Corp., the recipient of three government bailouts since 2001, will find out soon if the rules have changed. The Democratic Party of Japan, which takes power Sept. 16, pledged to cut what the next prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, called “wasteful” government spending. ...

JAL faces more losses as retirees fight cuts

Jul 18, 2009

JAL faces more losses as retirees fight cuts

Takahiro Fukushima gets a pension of ¥2.7 million a year from Japan Airlines Corp., where he worked for 35 years. Two months ago, the unprofitable airline sent the former cabin attendant a letter asking his permission to cut it by more than 50 percent. ...

Love hotel industry shrugs off recession

May 22, 2009

Love hotel industry shrugs off recession

At 6:30 p.m. on a Friday, Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” fills the lobby of the Hotel Mario outside Tokyo. A couple scans a board showing photos of the 50 rooms, which can be rented for a few hours. Only three are left. ...