Jul 27, 2015

Fatal plane crash leaves Chofu residents fearful

Sunday’s fatal plane crash in Chofu, western Tokyo, has incited fears among residents of the normally quiet neighborhood that they might be involved in a similar accident in the future. The accident, in which a light plane slammed into a residential area, left three ...

Precedents of pilots downing their planes

Mar 27, 2015

Precedents of pilots downing their planes

Investigators believe the co-pilot of a German airliner deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps earlier this week, killing all 150 people aboard. While rare, there have been previous such incidents in which a pilot or co-pilot have brought down an aircraft. — ...

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 ...

Dec 19, 2014

Air Do rapped for hasty promotion of trainee pilot

Transport authorities Friday ordered budget airline Air Do to boost safety standards after it promoted a trainee to a full-blown pilot despite worries over the person’s ability. Air Do, a tie-up with major carrier All Nippon Airways which links Tokyo to cities in Hokkaido, ...

May 16, 2014

Vanilla Air cancels 154 June flights due to pilot shortage

Japanese budget airline Vanilla Air said Friday that it has decided to cancel a total of 154 flights on two domestic routes next month due to a shortage of pilots. The announcement came after another low-cost carrier, Peach Aviation, said last month it plans ...

Apr 24, 2014

Budget carrier Peach to cancel 448 flights due to lack of pilots

Japanese budget carrier Peach Aviation Ltd. said Thursday it will cancel a total of 448 flights in May and June, including 44 international services connecting Osaka with Seoul and Hong Kong, due to a lack of pilots. The cancellations will affect around 16,000 passengers, ...

Peach stepping up efforts to hire pilots

Feb 14, 2014

Peach stepping up efforts to hire pilots


Budget carrier Peach Aviation is stepping up efforts to win the competition for pilots as scores of new carriers enter the aviation market. Peach, one of the low-cost carriers struggling in the increasingly competitive industry, says getting hold of pilots is one of the ...