Allison Lampert
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Boeing 737 Max airplanes on the tarmac at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington, in 2019
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 10, 2024
How production pressures plunged Boeing into yet another crisis
Soul-searching about quality controls and plunged Boeing into its second safety crisis in five years.
Curbs on Boeing production in the wake of a mid-air blowout is adding to pressures forcing airlines to fly older planes for longer.
Feb 2, 2024
Boeing 737 Max crisis adds to high demand for older planes
Curbs on Boeing production in the wake of a mid-air blowout are adding to pressures forcing firms to fly older planes for longer.
Grounded Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 airplanes on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Monday
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 11, 2024
Boeing's latest Max problem creates more headaches for airlines
Alaska Airlines and United Airlines together have 70% of the Max 9 planes in service and have canceled hundreds of flights.
A Japan Airlines (JAL) passenger plane burns on the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Tuesday.
Jan 3, 2024
Runway safety concerns in focus as Japan probes Tokyo crash
The collision of two airplanes at Haneda Airport comes just weeks after the global airline industry heard fresh warnings about runway safety.
Police officers keep guard at a checkpoint near the site of the crash of a private jet linked to Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in the Tver region, Russia, on Aug. 24.
WORLD / Politics
Aug 30, 2023
Russia will not probe Prigozhin crash under international rules
Prigozhin, two top lieutenants of his Wagner Group and four bodyguards were among 10 people who died when the Embraer Legacy 600 crashed north of Moscow.
After enjoying robust demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, air cargo firms are now reeling from overcapacity.
Aug 19, 2023
Air travel boom creates crosswinds for air cargo
Passenger jets grounded during the pandemic are flying again and transporting goods, upping the competition with dedicated air freighters.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Smaller aerospace suppliers scramble for titanium and workers in shadow of travel boom
Labor shortages and delays are expected to remain a key concern for planemakers and large suppliers for more than a year.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2023
Wildfires spread in eastern Canada, forcing evacuations in coastal Quebec
The mayor of Sept-Iles, a coastal Quebec city, declared a local state of emergency on Friday, as wildfire risk led to evacuation orders in the region.
Japan Times
Jan 17, 2023
Airlines face hurdles to cashing in on China reopening
U.S. and European airlines will benefit from demand for travel to China, but route approvals, fresh COVID-19 testing rules and not enough large aircraft remain barriers to rising sales.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2022
Landmark U.N. deal on biodiversity gets finance and business thumbs up
The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, agreed to at recent U.N. talks, is expected to create some red tape but also new opportunities.
Japan Times
Oct 28, 2022
Once wary of immigrants, Canadian town sends out global labor SOS
The town council's once deep-seated fear over accommodating immigrants at the expense of its French-speaking Quebec identity has given way to a more pressing concern.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2022
Aviation sector faces hiring headache as mechanics shortage looms
Two years after lockdowns nearly grounded the airline industry, repair shops and suppliers are scrambling for students.
Japan Times
May 3, 2022
How the COVID-driven boom in private jets is still flying high
Business jets now account for a quarter of U.S. flights, roughly twice the pre-pandemic share, according to research and consultancy WINGX.
Japan Times
Apr 20, 2022
Damaged black boxes in China jet crash leave few clues into cause
The two black boxes from the China Eastern aircraft were badly damaged in the crash in southern China and analysis of them is ongoing, state-run media has said.
Japan Times
May 15, 2021
Luxury jet-makers battle over lucrative spy plane niche
From the South China Sea to the Middle East, nations are eyeing "special mission" business jets capable of looking or listening at potentially lower costs than converted military planes.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2019
Japan and South Korea back new air traffic control deal after near misses
South Korean and Japanese air traffic controllers operate on different radio frequencies, making communication more difficult for pilots.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2019
Canada's pain Japan's gain as Mitsubishi buys CRJ jet
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., which agreed Tuesday to buy Bombardier Inc.'s loss-making regional jet program, plans to exploit the Canadian company's support network and global customer list to rejuvenate its delayed efforts to conquer the jet market.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves