Jul 10, 2014

Japan's airlines hope to power planes using biofuels by 2020

An association of Japanese airlines and other entities announced an initiative on Wednesday aimed at enabling the use of biofuels to power passenger jets by 2020, in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions. Launched in May by 33 companies and organizations to develop and ...

U.S. terror warning puts airports worldwide on alert

Jul 4, 2014

U.S. terror warning puts airports worldwide on alert

United States-bound travelers from Europe and the Middle East faced tighter security at airports Thursday over fears that Al-Qaida-linked militants are developing new explosives that could be slipped onto planes undetected. The stepped-up checks were ordered as the U.S. Embassy in Uganda warned of ...

MH370 jet passengers likely suffocated, Australia says

Jun 27, 2014

MH370 jet passengers likely suffocated, Australia says

The passengers and crew of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 most likely died from suffocation and coasted lifelessly into the ocean on autopilot, Australian officials said Thursday. In a 55-page report, the Australian Transport Safety Board outlined how investigators had arrived at this conclusion ...

Jun 26, 2014

Rakuten to enter budget airline business with AirAsia

Online retailer Rakuten Inc. is planning to enter the airline business in partnership with Malaysian discount carrier AirAsia, sources said Thursday. Rakuten is looking to invest in a low-cost carrier set up by AirAsia in Japan and to cooperate in establishing a seat-reservation system ...

Jun 26, 2014

What's in a vowel? Couple fly to Grenada, not Granada

A Washington couple has sued British Airways, saying the airline ruined their vacation by booking them tickets to the Caribbean island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain. Edward Gamson and Lowell Canaday said in their lawsuit they wanted to travel from Washington to London ...

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

Jun 24, 2014

China gift causes trouble for Tonga

It is almost 10 a.m., but the barista at this tiny Pacific kingdom’s domestic air terminal has yet to make a single cup of coffee. Molly Fatai says her wages at the cafe have been cut by a third since last year. Flights leaving ...

Photographer sets record by flying with 156 airlines

Jun 18, 2014

Photographer sets record by flying with 156 airlines

Charlie Furusho, a Japanese aviation photographer, has been recognized by Guinness World Records for taking flights operated by 156 different airlines. Furusho, whose real name is Ryuji Furusho and who lives in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, has traveled to around 100 countries or regions to ...

MH370 searchers not looking in crash 'hot spot': Inmarsat

Jun 17, 2014

MH370 searchers not looking in crash 'hot spot': Inmarsat

The search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has so far failed to examine the most likely crash site because it was distracted for weeks by false readings thought at the time to be from the plane’s black boxes, British satellite operator Inmarsat said Tuesday. ...

100 days after MH370, Malaysia vows to keep searching

Jun 16, 2014

100 days after MH370, Malaysia vows to keep searching

Malaysia’s government pledged Monday it “will not rest” until missing Flight MH370 is found, but relatives said on the 100th day since the plane’s disappearance that they wanted answers, not more promises. The Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8 with 239 passengers and ...

Jun 14, 2014

U.S. air controllers still challenged for sleep

More than three years after several U.S. air traffic controllers were found sleeping on the job, many are still working schedules that make it likely they will get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, according to a government-sponsored report released Friday. The report ...

Jun 14, 2014

Drunk Japanese honeymooner punched flight attendant on U.S. jet

A drunken passenger assaulted a flight attendant while flying from Japan to Honolulu, federal prosecutors said. Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty Friday to interfering with the duties of a flight attendant by assaulting and intimidating him. According to a criminal complaint, Okamoto was flying first-class ...

Case against U.S. pilots killed in '09 crash proceeds

Jun 10, 2014

Case against U.S. pilots killed in '09 crash proceeds

Police officials say they plan to send a case to prosecutors alleging professional negligence against two U.S. pilots who were killed when their FedEx cargo plane crashed at Narita International Airport in March 2009. Kevin Kyle Mosley, the 54-year-old pilot of the MD-11, and ...