Feb 27, 2015

Narita airport reduces landing fees to attract new flights

The operator of Narita airport said Thursday it will cut landing fees for new international and domestic flights for two years starting in April, in a bid to better compete with airports in other parts of Asia. The promotional incentives will apply to new ...

First-ever 3-D printed jet engines unveiled

Feb 26, 2015

First-ever 3-D printed jet engines unveiled

Australian researchers unveiled the world’s first two jet engines created with 3-D printing on Thursday, a manufacturing breakthrough that could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets. Engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm are making top-secret prototypes for Boeing Co. Airbus ...

Feb 26, 2015

Missing London girls thought to be in Syria

Three teenage girls from London who are feared to have run off to join the Islamic State group are believed to have crossed from Turkey into Syria, British police said Tuesday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, ...

Feb 24, 2015

Facing shortage of pilots, Japan plans to raise age limit to 67

The transport ministry plans to raise the age limit for airline pilots from 64 to 67 to address a shortage following increasing demand for flights and the growth of low-cost carriers, government sources said Tuesday. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is expected ...

Feb 23, 2015

ANA Holdings to help Skymark recover from bankruptcy

ANA Holdings Inc., parent of All Nippon Airways Co., said Monday it has notified bankrupt Skymark Airlines Inc. of its plan to take part in the struggling airline’s restructuring. Its support may include a capital tie-up, joint purchase of jet fuel and code-sharing, ANA ...

Icy snowstorm paralyzes eastern United States; more to come

Feb 18, 2015

Icy snowstorm paralyzes eastern United States; more to come

The aftermath of a deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another Arctic front this week. The storm dumped snow and spread ice from New England into the ...

Orix mulls aiding bankrupt Skymark Airlines

Feb 17, 2015

Orix mulls aiding bankrupt Skymark Airlines

Leasing firm Orix Corp. may invest in bankrupt Skymark Airlines Inc. as the carrier restructures, sources close to the matter said on Tuesday. Orix is one of the nation’s biggest nonbank financial companies. Its businesses include aircraft leasing. It plans to inform Skymark by ...

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

Feb 16, 2015

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

by Ryo Hashimoto

Faced with a drop in demand from global carriers, Narita International Airport is increasingly focusing on domestic flights, particularly those run by low-cost carriers. The shift is inevitable. In spring 2014, the government increased the slots available at Haneda airport in Tokyo, and airlines ...

With first regulations, skies open for U.S. drone flights

Feb 16, 2015

With first regulations, skies open for U.S. drone flights

President Barack Obama’s administration took the first step to opening the skies above the U.S. to widespread civilian drone flights while proposing strict limits on commercial operations and privacy rules for those flown by government agencies. The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday unveiled a ...

ANA taps Vice President Katanozaka as new CEO

Feb 13, 2015

ANA taps Vice President Katanozaka as new CEO

ANA Holdings Inc. said Friday it has named Senior Executive Vice President Shinya Katanozaka as new president and chief executive, replacing Shinichiro Ito, effective April 1. Ito, 64, will in turn succeed Yoji Ohashi, 75, as chairman of the holding company for All Nippon ...

Court sentences Korean Air 'nut rage' executive to a year in prison

Feb 12, 2015

Court sentences Korean Air 'nut rage' executive to a year in prison

A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced a former Korean Air executive to a year in prison for aviation law violations that stemmed from her in-flight tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts. Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air’s chairman, achieved worldwide notoriety ...