JAL celebrates 50th year of service for Japan-New York route

Nov 13, 2016

JAL celebrates 50th year of service for Japan-New York route

Japan Airlines marked the 50th anniversary of its Japan-New York route, with an event at Narita International Airport near Tokyo, on Saturday. On Nov. 12, 1966, JAL became the first domestic carrier to launch flight services between Tokyo and New York using Douglas DC-8 ...

Japan defense contractors get used to dealing with foreign military buyers

Oct 14, 2016

Japan defense contractors get used to dealing with foreign military buyers

Until recently, public meetings between Japanese defense contractors and uniformed foreign military delegations would have stirred controversy in Japan, yet this week’s aerospace show in Tokyo saw plenty. With the nation stepping back from decades of state-sponsored pacifism amid concern over China’s growing power ...

Troubled Mitsubishi Regional Jet faces fifth delivery delay

Oct 2, 2016

Troubled Mitsubishi Regional Jet faces fifth delivery delay

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has told customers that delivery of the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet might be delayed for a fifth time starting in mid-2018, sources said. The subsidiary owned 64 percent by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. might delay initial delivery of Japan’s first domestically ...

Dreamliner strategy hit and miss for ANA

Oct 1, 2016

Dreamliner strategy hit and miss for ANA

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All Nippon Airways Co. is aggressively strengthening international operations with the 787 Dreamliner, but its heavy reliance on Boeing Co.’s high-tech plane appears to be a double-edged sword. ANA adopted the Boeing 787 in 2011, becoming the first airline in the world to do ...

MRJ reaches U.S. after two false starts

Sep 29, 2016

MRJ reaches U.S. after two false starts

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., the builder of Japan’s first domestically made passenger jet, said its first test aircraft arrived in the U.S. after two aborted attempts last month, and is ready to start certification testing. The plane arrived at Grant County International Airport at Moses ...

New 3,500-meter runway proposed for Narita International Airport

Sep 28, 2016

New 3,500-meter runway proposed for Narita International Airport

A public-private council is proposing that a 3,500-meter-long runway be added at Narita International Airport. The new runway was part of plans adopted at a meeting of the council Tuesday in the city of Chiba that brought together officials from the central government, Narita ...

Sep 27, 2016

MRJ touches down in Kamchatka on its way to U.S.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp.’s new passenger jet arrived in Russia’s Far East on Tuesday morning, en route to the United States for certification testing, the company said. The Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan’s first home-grown commercial passenger jet, landed at an airport on the Kamchatka Peninsula. ...

Oft-delayed MRJ launches third bid to reach U.S.

Sep 26, 2016

Oft-delayed MRJ launches third bid to reach U.S.

A Mitsubishi Regional Jet left Nagoya Airport for the United States on Monday to complete flight tests that were pre-empted twice about a month ago by problems with its air-conditioning system. Mired in development delays, the MRJ, intended to be the nation’s first domestically ...

Sep 26, 2016

Smoke alert aboard Philippine Airlines flight to Haneda

Smoke from an air vent forced a Philippine Airlines flight to Japan to turn back 20 minutes after takeoff on Monday, aviation officials said. “Apparently there was information that the pilot detected smoke in the cabin. So as part of safety measures, the pilot ...