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Starwood Debuts New Luxury Collection Hotel in Kyoto, Japan

Starwood Debuts New Luxury Collection Hotel in Kyoto, Japan

Starwood announced the opening of the Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto in Japan.  The hotel is the first Luxury Collection property to open in the country.
Located in the Arashiyama district in the city of Kyoto, the hotel has 39 guestrooms, ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet (46 to 92 square meters).  Each room has a 42” LCD TV, a refrigerator, and minibar.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s Kyo …

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 …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2015

A Boeing 737 in American Airlines old livery and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was ready to open, when on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be reconditioned before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist on a …

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 …