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Jamie Freed
For Jamie Freed's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
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
WORLD
Jan 11, 2023
Airlines hope for return to normal after FAA outage snarls U.S. travel
The total number of flights disrupted topped 10,900 and was still rising but officials expressed confidence that normal operations would resume soon.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Nov 7, 2022
Airlines reboot as COVID-19 sparks a fall in one-day business trips
Industry data show business travelers are taking longer trips than before COVID-19, leaving airlines adjusting flight plans.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
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
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Mar 23, 2022
China Eastern crash could set back Boeing's China recovery and return of MAX
A 737 MAX built for a China Eastern subsidiary took off from Seattle bound for Boeing's completion plant in Zhoushan last week, in a sign the model's return to service in China was close.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 8, 2022
Hot on the heels of COVID, global aviation takes another battering as Russia sanctions bite
Manufacturers, lessors, insurers and maintenance providers for Russian carriers are among those hit directly by sanctions, while foreign airlines face high fuel costs and diverted routes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 2, 2021
Global airlines prepare for omicron volatility, agility will be key
New protocols in the wake of the omicron variant are expected to add to the airline industry's headache, as well as to those who have made plans to travel abroad.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 27, 2021
Locked in: Hong Kong's COVID-19 rules take mental toll on pilots
Pandemic-related precautions under China's zero-COVID policy are making working conditions difficult for Cathay Pacific pilots even as other Asian countries slowly reopen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Oct 11, 2021
Corporate business travel carbon budgets loom for airlines
Several companies, such as HSBC, Zurich Insurance, Bain & Company and S&P Global, have already announced plans to quickly cut business travel emissions by as much as 70%.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 24, 2021
Boeing faces rocky path to gaining approval for return of 737 Max in China
Trade power tensions, regulatory hurdles and attempts by the West to counter Chinese competition are delaying the move.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
May 27, 2021
Pressure grows for sensitive Belarus air safety probe
A probe would not take place entirely behind closed doors, as the United States and Poland would be accredited.
Japan Times
JAPAN
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
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 16, 2019
Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg out as Chinese scrutiny mounts; Augustus Tang takes helm
Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Rupert Hogg resigned in a shock move on Friday, amid mounting Chinese regulatory scrutiny of the Hong Kong carrier over the involvement of its employees in the city's anti-government protests.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Mar 20, 2019
Cockpit voice recorder of doomed Lion Air jet depicts pilots' frantic search for fix, sources say
The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 Max scoured a handbook as they struggled to understand why the jet was lurching downward, but ran out of time before it hit the water, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder contents said.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 3, 2018
Airports act against rising seas and stronger storms as climate changes
Global airport operators, faced with rising sea levels and more powerful storms as the climate changes, are starting to invest in measures including higher runways, seawalls and better drainage systems to future-proof immovable assets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jun 7, 2018
Online shopping drives air freight profits higher despite protectionism fears
An explosion in e-commerce demand is buoying the air freight business, boosting profit at some major airlines despite global trade tensions and underscoring robust consumer confidence.

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