Japan: News

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Service to Osaka

Hong Kong Airlines to Launch Service to Osaka

Hong Kong Airlines announced that it will begin new daily, non-stop service to Osaka, Japan on July 15.
Flight times will vary based on the day of the week, with flights to Kansai Airport in Osaka scheduled to depart mid-day, and flights to Hong Kong set to depart in the early evening.
The new route will complement the carrier’s existing flights to Japan, which include service to Okinawa, Tokyo Narita, Okayama, Sapporo, …

JAL to Offer New In-Flight Menu, Serve Halal Certified Dishes

JAL to Offer New In-Flight Menu, Serve Halal Certified Dishes

Japan Airlines announced that it will offer new in-flight menu items in business class on select international routes beginning June 1. The carrier will also begin serving Halal certified meals on all outbound international flights from Japan on June 1.
Well-known Japanese chef Jun Kurogi will design Japan Airlines’ new business-class menus. The summer items will be available through August 31.
New items will include egg rolls with sweet simmered sweet potato …

ANA to Introduce ‘Universal Translator’-Like Device to Help With Passenger Interaction

ANA to Introduce ‘Universal Translator’-Like Device to Help With Passenger Interaction

All Nippon Airways announced that it plans to introduce a new tablet device that is somewhat akin to the so-called “universal translator” featured in the science-fiction television series “Star Trek.” The device, which will be deployed starting June 1, will support smoother communications with travelers who speak different languages, as well as special needs passengers.
Dubbed the ANA Communications Board, the tablet will support translation between Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. …

JAL to Revamp In-Flight Dining Menus on Routes to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

JAL to Revamp In-Flight Dining Menus on Routes to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Japan Airlines announced that it will begin serving new menu items in its premium economy and economy class cabins on various international routes next month.
Beginning June 1, JAL will offer new dishes on flights from Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, and Osaka to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and will offer the same new items in premium economy and economy on flights from Nagoya to China and Taiwan starting September 1.
The …

Hawaiian Airlines Gains Approval for Kona-Tokyo Haneda Flights

Hawaiian Airlines Gains Approval for Kona-Tokyo Haneda Flights

Hawaiian Airlines announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation approved its application to offer nighttime service from Kona, Hawaii to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
There was no competition from other airlines for the nighttime slot.
“Hawaiian, and Hawaiian alone, requested the nighttime slot pair, and the Department finds that prompt approval of Hawaiian’s request is consistent with the public interest,” the agency said in its order on Friday.
On October 30, Hawaiian will have …

ANA to Connect Tokyo Haneda with New York, Chicago

ANA to Connect Tokyo Haneda with New York, Chicago

All Nippon Airways said it will launch new non-stop service from both New York and Chicago to Tokyo Haneda Airport on October 30 this year.
Japan’s transport ministry awarded ANA four takeoff and landing slots, three of which are daytime slots, on April 26. The airline will use the slots for the new daytime flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare
Once the new flights begin, ANA will offer …

JAL, Finnair to Expand Codeshare

JAL, Finnair to Expand Codeshare

Japan Airlines announced that it plans to expand its codeshare agreement with Finnair.
Beginning May 7, Japan Airlines will be able to place its code on Finnair-operated flights between Fukuoka, Japan and Helsinki, Finland.
The new codeshare flights will depart Fukuoka Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive at Helsinki Airport at 1:55 p.m. Flights from Helsinki to Fukuoka will depart at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and …