AirAsia Japan confirms closure

AirAsia Japan confirms closure

AirAsia Japan has confirmed that it will be ceasing operations after struggling to cope with the slump in air travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  ‘Travel restrictions and the uncertainties it created have severely curtailed demand for business and leisure travel resulting in flight reductions, cancellations and grounding of aircraft. These factors have weighed heavily on the Company’s ability to continue operations,’ reads a statement from AirAsia. The airline, which is unit of…

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Japanese low-cost carrier Peach receives first A320neo

Japanese low-cost carrier Peach receives first A320neo

Japanese budget carrier Peach has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo. The aircraft, registered JA201P, is powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines and configured with 188 Recaro-supplied seats in a single class. It is scheduled to enter service on 25 October, marking the start of the winter schedule. Alongside its entry, Peach is also planning to launch two domestic routes – Sapporo and Sendai to Okinawa – in addition to flights to Taipei Taoyuan from…

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ANA unveils first Airbus A380

ANA unveils first Airbus A380

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways’ first Airbus A380 aircraft rolled out of the Airbus Paintshop in Hamburg, Germany yesterday, bearing the airline’s unique Hawaiian blue sea turtle livery. The “Flying Honu” aircraft – which took 21 days to paint – will enter service for ANA on 24 May 2019, operating on the airline’s Tokyo Narita – Honolulu route. ANA will become the first Japanese customer to operate the A380 when the aircraft is delivered next March….

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Osaka Kansai Airport comes to a standstill as Typhoon Jebi wreaks havoc

Osaka Kansai Airport comes to a standstill as Typhoon Jebi wreaks havoc

Osaka Kansai International Airport remains closed after Typhoon Jebi made landfall in Japan on Tuesday, bringing with it a path of destruction across western Japan. Images and video from the airport showed the runway completely submerged in water, while the apron of several aircraft hangs over several feet of water. The transport ministry said the airport closed all of its runways at noon and shut down the entire facility at 3pm due to flooding, with…

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First ANA A380 rolls out of assembly line

First ANA A380 rolls out of assembly line

The first Airbus A380 for Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has rolled out of final assembly in Toulouse, France. The aircraft was seen leaving Station 40 on Thursday wearing the ANA logo on its tail, just two months after the first parts of the airliner arrived in Toulouse. Airbus says the aircraft is now scheduled to be moved to an outdoor station where structural completion, engine installation, and cockpit furnishing will be conducted. ANA…

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