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New United flight; Flying on the Internet; Korean Air anniversary

New United flight

Beginning March 31, United Airlines will add a second daily nonstop flight between Narita airport and Houston.

Flight 2 will depart Tokyo at 6:55 p.m. and arrive in Houston at 4:55 p.m. the same day. For the return, Flight 1 will depart Houston at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at Narita at 12:35 p.m. the next day.

From Houston, one of the largest hubs in the airline’s network, United and United Express jointly operate to more than 170 airports in 26 countries.

Customers flying from Japan to Latin America and the Caribbean with same-day connections in Houston will not need to pick up and re-check their checked baggage at Houston. Those customers will be able to pick it up at their final destination.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft flying on the Narita-Houston route will offer a total of 267 seats — 50 in United BusinessFirst and 217 in United Economy, including 72 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space. United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service; the BusinessFirst flat-bed seat reclines 180 degrees and features an on-demand entertainment system with touch-screen monitors.

BusinessFirst amenities include power outlets, USB ports and multi-course meals with complimentary premium wines and spirits. Economy Plus seats offer up to five inches of extra legroom, and both Economy Plus and United Economy seats feature adjustable headrests, power outlets and personal seat-back monitors delivering a multichannel in-flight entertainment system on demand.

For the latest schedule and more details, visit www.united.com .

Flying on the Internet

Vanilla Air, a Japanese low-cost carrier, has introduced a special promotion jet called LOHACO Jet, through a tie-up with LOHACO, an e-commerce website jointly operated by online office supplier ASKUL and Yahoo Japan.

Sharing the idea of offering happiness and excitement with their customers, whether they are on the Internet or traveling, the two companies decided to launch the plane.

Most Vanilla Air customers buy tickets online and the airline hopes this tie-up will help increase brand recognition and enable them to reach out to frequent online shoppers.

To commemorate the launch, the airline is offering customers a chance to win a free ticket on the company’s website (lohaco.jp/event/lohacojet_vanillaair) through April 15.

For more information, visit www.vanilla-air.com .

Korean Air anniversary

To celebrate its 45th anniversary, Korean Air is offering customers a chance to win prizes through April 14.

Customers enrolled in Skypass, the airline’s mileage program, who purchase tickets on the website during the term, are eligible to win prizes.

First prize is a pair of economy tickets from Japan to South Korea. Other prizes include a model of a Korean Air Boeing 787, an original blanket and an original teddy bear.

For more information, visit www.koreanair.com .