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Asiana Jet Crash Lands in Japan, Over 20 Injuries Reported

Asiana Jet Crash Lands in Japan, Over 20 Injuries Reported

An Asiana Airlines aircraft landing in Japan skidded off the runway on Tuesday.
Asiana Flight 162, an Airbus A320, made a crash landing at Hiroshima Airport in Japan and spun 180° after reportedly making a tailstrike.   The flight had departed from Incheon International Airport in Seoul at 6:49 p.m. local time and arrived at Hiroshima Airport at 7:55 p.m.
“The exact cause of the accident… is under investigation,” the airline said in …

Delta to Retain Seattle-Haneda Route with Proviso, American Selected as Back-Up

Delta to Retain Seattle-Haneda Route with Proviso, American Selected as Back-Up

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Friday that Delta Air Lines would retain the slot pair that allows it to fly between Seattle and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, with the stipulation that the airline fly the route on a daily basis.
The agency also selected American Airlines as a back-up should Delta fail to provide the service as set forth  in its order.  American would use the route authority to provide …

Tottori Airport in Southwest Japan Celebrates Re-Naming

Tottori Airport in Southwest Japan Celebrates Re-Naming

Tottori Airport, located in Tottori Prefecture in Southwestern Japan, announced that it has re-opened as Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport.  The airport celebrated the re-opening with a commemorative charter flight from Shanghai.
The name derives from the main character of the popular manga and anime series “Detective Conan-Case Closed.”  The author and illustrator of the series, Gosho Aoyama, is from the prefecture.  Additionally, the area is home to the largest dune …

ANA to Begin Tokyo Narita-Kuala Lumpur Dreamliner Service

ANA to Begin Tokyo Narita-Kuala Lumpur Dreamliner Service

All Nippon Airways announced that it plans to launch new daily service from Tokyo Narita to Kuala Lumpur on September 1.  The carrier will operate the flights using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
Flights will depart Tokyo at 5:20 p.m. and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 11:35 p.m.  From Kuala Lumpur, flights will depart at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 3:00 p.m.
In addition to the new Tokyo Narita-Kuala Lumpur service, …

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday to operate daily, year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  The service would use the slots currently operated by Delta Air Lines from Seattle.
This is the second time American is making the request.  In October, American made a similar filing, stating that Delta wasn’t making the best possible use of the flight rights.  In December, …

Hong Kong Airlines Begins Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines Begins Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines announced the launch of service between Hong Kong and Sapporo, Japan on Friday.  The carrier will operate the service five times a week.
Flights depart Hong Kong at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at 12:00 p.m. on Fridays, and arrive in Sapporo at 2:55 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.  From Sapporo, flights depart at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at …

ANA to Begin Tokyo-Houston Route

ANA to Begin Tokyo-Houston Route

All Nippon Airways announce that it will begin new, non-stop service between Tokyo and Houston, Texas on June 12 of next year.  In addition, the carrier also said that it will add additional flights between Tokyo and both Singapore and Bangkok next summer.
ANA’s flights to Houston will depart Tokyo Narita at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 9:30 a.m.  Flights from Houston will depart at 11:20 …