Feb 2, 2016

JAL named world's most punctual airline for fifth time

Japan Airlines has been recognized as the world’s most punctual major international airline, in a rating by U.S. flight data services firm FlightStats. JAL achieved a on-time arrival rate of 89.44 percent in FlightStats’ seventh annual survey, a lead of 0.47 point over second-ranked ...

Feb 2, 2016

Skymark's rehabilitation on track a year after bankruptcy

A year after its bankruptcy, Skymark Airlines, the nation’s third-largest carrier, is seeing an improvement in fortunes as rehabilitation gains pace. It has withdrawn from unprofitable routes since it filed for bankruptcy protection with the Tokyo District Court on Jan. 28 last year, and ...

Jan 29, 2016

ANA plans direct flights to Mexico City from Narita

All Nippon Airways plans to launch direct flights between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and Mexico City in the second half of fiscal 2016, sources said. ANA will offer seven round-trip flights on the route using the new midsize Boeing 787-8. The airline expects the ...

Delta plane makes emergency landing at Narita

Jan 23, 2016

Delta plane makes emergency landing at Narita

A Delta passenger jet bound for Saipan made an emergency landing at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday after smoke in the cabin was reported, but no one was injured, an airport official said. The Boeing 757-200 with 97 crew and passengers ...

Honda fetes first HondaJet deliveries in U.S.

Jan 23, 2016

Honda fetes first HondaJet deliveries in U.S.

Honda Motor Co. celebrated the first U.S. deliveries of its new HondaJet at a ceremony in Phoenix as it finally marked its long-awaited entry into the aviation market. The momentous occasion, fulfilling the dream of late founder Soichiro Honda, came 30 years after the ...

Jan 21, 2016

Number of passengers through Narita airport hits record high in 2015

The number of domestic and international passengers using Narita International Airport near Tokyo hit a record high in 2015 for the second consecutive year, the airport’s operator said Thursday. The figure increased 5 percent from the previous year to 37.32 million, reflecting a surge ...

Jan 18, 2016

ANA to open Narita-Phnom Penh route in September

All Nippon Airways is ready to launch direct services linking Narita International Airport Tokyo and the capital of Cambodia on Sept. 1. ANA hopes that the direct flights to Phnom Penh will attract strong demand mainly from business users as an increasing number of ...

Electric planes aim to reach new heights

Jan 9, 2016

Electric planes aim to reach new heights

Ultra-light, fast and cheap: more than a century after the Wright brothers flew the world’s first powered aircraft, a small Slovenian company now hopes to revolutionize the aviation industry with its award-winning electric planes. Pipistrel’s pioneering Taurus Electro is seen as a breath of ...

Jan 4, 2016

ANA may buy Airbus superjumbos for Japan-Hawaii routes

The operator of All Nippon Airways is considering purchasing three A380 superjumbo jet planes from Airbus SAS, according to informed sources. ANA Holdings Inc. would likely use the aircraft on routes connecting Japan and Honolulu, the sources said Monday. It hopes to include the ...

Dec 28, 2015

Japan eases flight time requirements for non-Japanese to be pilots

To deal with a shortage of pilots, the government has drastically eased flight time requirements for non-Japanese to work as pilots or co-pilots for the country’s airlines. With the change, made Monday, qualified non-Japanese will be eligible to work as co-pilots or pilots if ...