One of the last YS-11 passenger planes up for sale

Nov 28, 2014

One of the last YS-11 passenger planes up for sale

The transport ministry is inviting bids for one of the last YS-11s, the only Japanese-developed civilian passenger airplane. After this particular plane left commercial service, it was used by the ministry to check radio waves that guide arriving airplanes to runways at airports across ...

Japan's first homegrown airliner finally unveiled

Oct 18, 2014

Japan's first homegrown airliner finally unveiled

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. on Saturday finally unveiled Japan’s first homegrown passenger jet following three delays. The subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. rolled out the new twin-engine Mitsubishi Regional Jet at a plant in the town of Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, where the midsize aircraft ...

Aug 20, 2014

Government eyes commercializing next-generation domestic aircraft by 2030

The technology ministry will launch research and development in fiscal 2015 aimed at commercializing next-generation domestically manufactured passenger airplanes by around 2030, according to ministry officials. Although Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is developing small MRJ passenger jets, aircraft development requires a huge amount of money ...

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

May 16, 2014

MSDF plays up airborne patrols

The Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first time has allowed reporters onboard a P-3C patrol plane during a nighttime surveillance training flight designed to prepare for an invasion or other threat to Japan. Such patrols are held regularly as part of warning and surveillance ...

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

Apr 29, 2014

Jetliner buzzes sea after Naha miscue

A jetliner dived to a dangerously low altitude of just 248 feet above the ocean during its landing approach to Naha airport in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday after the pilot mistook instructions from air traffic controllers, the transport ministry said. The Airbus A320-200, owned ...

ANA boosts 787 in $16.6 billion Boeing shopping spree

| Mar 28, 2014

ANA boosts 787 in $16.6 billion Boeing shopping spree

ANA Holdings Inc. gave Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner a vote of confidence by ordering 14 more of the jets as part of a $16.6 billion shopping spree a year after regulators grounded the composite aircraft. ANA’s 70-plane purchase Thursday tilted toward Boeing, with the ...

Mar 14, 2014

ASDF joins international search for Malaysian jet

Two Air Self-Defense Force aircraft arrived in Malaysia on Thursday to join the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. One of the C-130 transport planes flew in areas east of the Malay Peninsula for about a 1½ hours. ASDF personnel aboard searched for ...