Air China Cargo has announced plans to introduce both Boeing 757 and 777 freighters to its operation.
A total of five converted Air China 757s will join the fleet, with the first beginning domestic flights from Chengdu to Nanjing in mid-November.
Eight Boeing 777 freighters are on order, which will be used on international services to Frankfurt and Osaka amongst others. They will begin flying in January 2014.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 07-10-2013
Japan Airlines has placed its first ever order for Airbus aircraft, choosing the A350 to upgrade its fleet.
The airline has signed a purchase agreement for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s), plus options for a further 25 aircraft.
“We will utilize the A350 XWB to maximum, which offers high level of operational efficiency and product competitiveness, while positively catering to new business opportunities after slots at airports in Tokyo are increased,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “In addition to improving profitability with advanced aircraft, we always aim to deliver unparalleled services to customers with the latest cabin and steady expansion of our route network.”
Alec Wilson recently visited a little-known museum close to Tokyo’s Narita Airport in Japan and provided this report.
The Museum of Aeronautical Science displays artefacts that are relevant to the aviation history of Japan, including a number of full aircraft exhibits.
The museum is located to the south of Narita airport.
Access from the airport is by bus from stop no.30 outside the south wing of terminal 1 – there are only 4 buses out per day (5 return).
To Museum: 0935; 1135; 1335; 1535.
From Museum: 1010; 1310; 1410; 1610; 1710.
Trip takes about 20 mins. JPY200 each way.
The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday 1000 – 1700. Entry fee is JPY500.
All the exhibits are outside. Inside there is various regalia etc.
Also of note is that the museum offers an observation deck with views over Narita Airport. From here you can watch aircraft landing and departing, log numbers, and take photographs.
JA3007 Cessna 195 7870
JA3117 Piper PA-18150 18-6626 (Storage shed at back of main building.)
JA3440 Beech E33 CD-1196 (Code 440)
JA3848 Fuji FA-200160 294
JA3944 Cessna 172P 172-74964
JA4177 Mooney M.20M 27-0121
JA5074 Aero Commander Twin Commander680E 872
JA5151 Cessna 411A 411A-0280
JA5159 Beech 56TC TG-77
JA5238 Cessna 421B 421B-0602
JA5258 Fuji FA.300 30001
JA7758 Robinson R22 0961
JA7990 Kamov Ka-26D 7303804
JA8611 NAMC YS-11 1001/2001
JA8628 Mitsubishi MU-2B 005
JA8711 NAMC YS-11 115 2048 (Nose only. Storage shed at back of main building)
JA8767 Mitsubishi MU-2G 520 (Nose only. Storage shed at back of main building)
JA9156 Mitsubishi S-62A M62014
JA9298 Hughes 369HS 04235 (Storage shed at back of main building.)
JA9512 Aerospatiale SA.330F 1141
N67HB Learjet 25B 25-189
N642NW Boeing 747212B 21942 (Nose/cockpit section outside with small cross section of fuselage inside.)
JA8001 Douglas DC-832 45418 (Small cross section of fuselage inside.)
Scoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.
The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Gold Coast, Australia
- Nanjing, China
- Qingdao, China
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shenyang, China
- Sydney, Australia
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Tianjin, China
- Tokyo Narita, Japan
Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 21-08-2013
ANA All Nippon Airways has announced that the new name for its low cost subsidiary, formerly AirAsia Japan, will be Vanilla.
I reported last month that AirAsia Japan was to close. The joint venture between ANA and AirAsia has now been bought and will relaunch in December using two aircraft leased from ANA.
The new airline’s president, Tomonori Ishii, stated “Vanilla is loved by everyone in the world,” adding “The smell of vanilla makes people relaxed.”
The airline will focus on international holiday destinations from Tokyo Narita. Routes will be announced in September.
Air New Zealand is the launch customer for the Boeing 787-9 variant. It has recently announced the destinations it will send the aircraft to once it takes delivery in 2014. They are:
Auckland – Honolulu
Auckland – Papeete
Auckland – Perth
Auckland – Shanghai Pudong
Auckland – Tokyo Narita
Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the 787-9 is a game changer for the airline.
“This modern flexible fuel efficient aircraft will not only replace our current fleet of Boeing 767s, it also represents a significant growth opportunity for our business and opens up the prospect of expanding our Pacific Rim footprint.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan, Malaysia | Posted on 03-07-2013
AirAsia Japan will be closed down in October.
The airline has only existed since August 2012, and it was recently planned to merge with with ANA’s Peach Air to create a stronger low cost carrier. However, the plans have now been abandoned.
The final flights will take place on 31st October. The airline’s four Airbus A320s will be returned to the parent AirAsia company in Malaysia the following day.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 20-06-2013
ANA All Nippon Airways is expected to end flights by its Boeing 747-400s at the end of March 2014.
The airline currently only operates the -400D model, which was specifically developed for the Japanese domestic market where large numbers of passengers could be flown between the country’s largest cities.
The airline previously operated the Boeing 747 on international routes, too, however these have recently been retired.
United Airlines has said that it expects to return its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to service on 31 May.
Initially the aircraft will operate domestically between Denver and Houston. However, international service is expected to resume with the Denver to Tokyo service on 10 June.
This announcement shows the confidence airlines have in the certification process currently underway to allow the aircraft to fly commercially again.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 12-03-2013
Japan Airlines will fly its last McDonnell Douglas MD-90 flight on 30 March.
The type has been operating with the airline, and the former JAS subsidiary, for 17 years mainly on domestic routes.
The final flight will be from Hiroshima to Tokyo Haneda.