Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 27-03-2014
Japan Transocean Air has placed an order for 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, valued at $1.1 billion at list prices, which will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program with the new airplanes scheduled to enter into service from 2016. As part of the agreement, JTA will have the flexibility to switch to the 737 MAX family of aircraft.
A member of the Japan Airlines Group, JTA is based in Naha, Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost island chain. Currently, the airline operates a fleet of 737-400 airplanes on domestic routes linking Okinawa with major Japanese cities as well as other islands within Okinawa.
Scoot, the low-cost spin-off of Singapore Airlines, has announced some of the routes it plans to operated its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on.
As Scoot works towards replacing its entire Boeing-777 fleet, the new Dreamliners — the first of which is expected to arrive in November — will help the airline save more than 20 per cent in fuel per seat, Chief Executive Campbell Wilson said.
“We certainly intend to pass some, if not most, of the savings to our consumers as, clearly, lower air fares stimulate more people to travel … At the very least, the fares will not increase; more likely they will come down,” he added.
Scoot announced in October 2012 it had agreed to acquire 20 Boeing 787s.
Initial routes will be from Singapore Changi to Taipei, Japan, and Australia.
Thai Airways International have started loading their Boeing 787 flight schedules into the system according to Airlineroute.net.
It looks like the airline will operate their new Dreamliners initially on the following routes:
Bangkok to Perth
Daily, from 1st July
Bangkok to Tokyo Haneda
Daily from 1st August
As always you can keep up-to-date on the routes airlines are planning to operate their 787s to on our 787 Routes page.
Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Japan | Posted on 25-01-2014
Following on from the previous report we made about the end of ANA All Nippon Airways Boeing 747 operations, details have now been announced of the date and routes to be flown by the final aircraft.
The final ANA 747 flights will take place on 31st March 2014. The final route will be Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa and back.
The aircraft will leave Haneda at 0840, arriving back at 1500, marking the end of decades of operation of the type with the airline.
ANA All Nippon Airways will begin daily Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to Düsseldorf from 30 March 2014.
The flights will link the German airport with Tokyo Haneda.
In addition, ANA will add a second daily flight to Frankfurt, and it will also introduce a new flight to Munich from from Tokyo Haneda.
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.