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Lobby Bar – January 20: Toilets of the Future, Nudity Aboard the Aircraft, and Cloning Yourself for Extra Hotel Points

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Bathroom munchies. The Japanese toilet industry plans to introduce newer, more easily understood controls for high-tech toilets. The industry will also be doing away with one feature: a button that looks as though it should clean the toilet bowl but actually places an order for sushi through a local restaurant, and delivered through the bathroom window.
Quiet please! Remember, in the U.K., …

Japanese Toilet Industry to Simplify Controls for Confusing High-Tech Toilets

Japan's two major airlines offer high-tech toilets in the air

Japanese toilet makers have announced that they plan to begin using common and more easily understandable iconography on the products they produce.
The Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association, which includes companies such as Toto, Panasonic, and Toshiba, announced that it will standardize the symbols it uses to convey instructions such as flush and dry on its toilets.
Most Japanese toilets, even in private homes, have multiple features including a heated seat, paperless …

ANA, LOT to Launch More Codeshare Flights

ANA, LOT to Launch More Codeshare Flights

All Nippon Airways announced that it plans to expand its codeshare agreement with LOT Polish Airlines on December 1.
Beginning on that date, LOT will be able to place its code on ANA-operated flights from Tokyo Narita to New Chitose Airport, Sendai Airport, and Fukuoka Airport.
The two airlines are both members of Star Alliance, and currently codeshare on various flights throughout Europe.
The carriers also already have reciprocal earning agreements in place, …

ANA Set to Begin its Longest Route, Tokyo to Mexico City

ANA Set to Begin its Longest Route, Tokyo to Mexico City

All Nippon Airways announced plans to launch new daily service between Tokyo Narita and Mexico City on February 15, 2017. The service will be the first non-stop daily route between Japan and Mexico, and will be ANA’s longest route yet.
Flights will depart Tokyo Narita at 4:40 p.m. and arrive at Mexico City International Airport at 1:55 p.m. From Mexico City, flights are scheduled to depart at 1 a.m. and arrive …

ANA, Vietnam Airlines to Launch Codeshare Agreement

ANA, Vietnam Airlines to Launch Codeshare Agreement

All Nippon Airways announced that it plans to begin a codeshare partnership with Vietnam Airlines.
The codeshare, which goes into effect October 30, will initially apply to ten routes between Japan and Vietnam, as well as 25 domestic routes in the two countries.
Members of ANA’s Mileage Club and Vietnam Airlines’ Lotusmiles will be able to earn miles on the new codeshare flights, and redeem miles on all flights of the other …

Iberia Joins Joint Business Venture with JAL, BA, Finnair

Iberia Joins Joint Business Venture with JAL, BA, Finnair

Spanish airline Iberia announced that it is now part of the joint business venture between Japan Airlines, British Airways, and Finnair, with the launch of thrice-weekly flights between Tokyo Narita and Madrid.
All four airlines are members of the oneworld alliance.
Iberia’s addition to the joint business venture was first announced in May, pending approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, which it received in August.
The four carriers will …

JAL, Iberia to Codeshare on Madrid-Tokyo Flights

JAL, Iberia to Codeshare on Madrid-Tokyo Flights

Japan Airlines and Iberia announced the beginning of a new codeshare agreement.
Under the agreement, Japan Airlines will be able to place its code on Iberia’s flights between Madrid and Tokyo Narita, which are set to begin on October 18.
Flights are scheduled to depart Madrid at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive in Tokyo at 9:35 a.m. the next morning. From Tokyo, flights will depart at 11:20 …