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Angus Whitley
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For Angus Whitley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
While policies differ from country to country, a common goal is to clean up an aviation industry that for a century has relied on fossil fuels to function.
BUSINESS
Mar 22, 2024
Expensive flights become new normal on $5 trillion green transition
Sustainable aviation fuel is the industry’s primary means of reaching a 2050 net zero target.
A relative of a missing passenger on MH370, in Beijing on the one year anniversary of the aircraft's disappearance.
WORLD
Feb 23, 2024
A decade after MH370, planes still at risk of vanishing off the map
An industrywide push to eliminate the chances of a similar case has been stymied by bureaucracy and financial pressure.
A Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft prepares to land at Hong Kong International Airport. Data shows that major airlines produce almost twice as much emissions for every passenger they carry than low-cost carriers.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Jan 23, 2024
No-frills flying emerges as air travel’s painful, greener future
Budget airlines’ obsession with lowering weight to save fuel happens to produce the best emissions metrics in the skies.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 21, 2023
Titanic sub search calls in lifting gear in race against time
The U.S. Navy is sending a lifting system to the area that can recover large and heavy sunken objects such as aircraft or small boats from deep water.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 22, 2023
Airlines turn profitable amid travel surge after COVID cutbacks
'Aviation is investible again,” said a portfolio manager in Sydney. 'Asian airlines are going to go through the roof.”
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 15, 2022
China’s factories to the world brace for surge of COVID cases
The world's second-biggest economy is rapidly dismantling restrictions that largely kept the virus at bay for almost three years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 21, 2022
AI knows how much you’re willing to pay for flights before you do
Fed by data on everything from internet searches to COVID-19 outbreaks, computers are learning how everyday life influences demand for flights.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 2, 2022
The best and worst airlines for flight cancellations
After laying off tens of thousands of pilots, flight crew, baggage handlers and security staff during the pandemic, the industry can't hire fast enough to keep up with demand.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 20, 2022
Once-spurned superjumbos return to skies as travel roars back
The superjumbo — seen as heralding a luxurious new chapter for aviation with its onboard bars and whisper-quiet interiors — was falling out of favor before the pandemic hit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 17, 2022
Airlines were totally unprepared when travel came roaring back
Chaotic scenes at airports around the world show that the aviation industry doesn't have nearly enough people to run operations smoothly.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 5, 2022
China 737 jet-crash clues awaited as black boxes arrive in U.S.
Investigators trying to figure out why a Boeing Co. 737-800 plunged to the ground in China last month could gain key clues within days from the jet's black boxes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 25, 2022
Air crash disaster risks an even wider rift for Boeing and China
With relations between Washington and Beijing at their lowest ebb in years, the probe into the crash has turned the two archrivals into reluctant bedfellows.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 14, 2022
Under COVID curbs, Singapore and Hong Kong miss out on global travel rebound
The marquee transit hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore are being shunned as travelers seek to avoid weeks in hotel isolation on arrival or a raft of testing swabs.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 30, 2021
Singapore’s long-awaited reopening fell flat even before omicron
It's not just the expense of travel during a pandemic but the uncertainty that's putting people off.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Oct 15, 2021
Out-of-practice airline pilots are making errors back in the air
These potentially disastrous errors all took place in the U.S. in recent months as pilots returned to work.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 13, 2021
Even Tesla can’t overcome Australia's 'uniquely hostile market' for electric cars
Tesla Inc. and the electric-car industry generally thrive in the world's richest nations. Not so in Australia, where even tractors outsell EVs two to one.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 10, 2021
Dirt-cheap flights offered as airlines rebuild battered networks
Dirt-cheap fares are popping up from airlines brave enough to expand or start out amid the COVID-19 crisis, as they try to eke out sales and get a jump on competitors that have pared back operations.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 24, 2021
Quarantines crushing air travel are getting longer and lonelier
Even as vaccines embolden countries to plot paths to reopening, authorities around the world are tightening the screws to stop COVID-19 mutations from slipping through quarantine.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 12, 2021
Life without Google: Australia is now facing the unthinkable
Potential fallout from a spat goes far beyond Australia for Google, whose dominance of global advertising has made it a target for watchdogs worldwide.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 2, 2020
These are the airlines teetering on the brink of COVID-19 ruin
Having a home government with deep — and open — pockets is emerging as key in terms of whether an airline will make it through the coronavirus pandemic.

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