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Air China to Launch Flights Between Beijing and Hakodate, Japan

Air China to Launch Flights Between Beijing and Hakodate, Japan

Air China announced it will begin new service between Beijing and Hakodate, Japan on July 3.  The carrier will operate the service twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Flights will depart Beijing at 12:10 p.m. and arrive in Hakodate at 4:35 p.m.  From Hakodate, flights will depart at 5:45 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 8:45 p.m.
Air China’s 737-800s are configured with two cabins, equipped with …

JAL, Jetstar Airways Expand Codeshare Agreement

JAL, Jetstar Airways Expand Codeshare Agreement

Japan Airlines announced that it is expanding its codeshare agreement with Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways.
Beginning May 12, passengers who purchase JAL premium economy class fares will be eligible to travel in business class on JAL codeshare flights operated by Jetstar.
In addition, JAL will be able place its flight number on Jetstar’s route between Tokyo Narita and Cairns, Australia.
Along with the Tokyo Narita-Cairns route, JAL codeshares with Jetstar on flights …

Hilton Partners with ANA for Hawaiian-Themed Offerings

Hilton Partners with ANA for Hawaiian-Themed Offerings

Hilton and All Nippon Airways announced the start of a new partnership, called Hilton X ANA.
The Hawaii-inspired collaboration will focus on bringing Hilton experiences to ANA lounges and passengers, with the first phase taking place between June 1 and August 31. The three-phase partnership will last through 2017.
ANA lounges at both Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita will offer menu items specially created by chefs at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki …

ANA to Introduce 787-9 Dreamliner on International Route

ANA to Introduce 787-9 Dreamliner on International Route

All Nippon Airways announced that it will debut its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Tokyo-Munich route beginning May 5.  The carrier will be the first in Japan to operate the aircraft on international routes.
ANA’s 787-9 Dreamliner flights will depart Tokyo Haneda at 12:30 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 5:20 p.m.  From Munich, flights will depart at 9:25 p.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 3:50 p.m. the next day.
ANA’s international …

All Nippon to Roll Out New Economy-Class Seats on Domestic Flights

All Nippon to Roll Out New Economy-Class Seats on Domestic Flights

All Nippon Airways announced it will debut new economy-class seats on domestic flights beginning in June.  The airline partnered with Toyota Boshoku Corporation, a member of the Toyota Group, to design the seats.
The new seats will be 17.5” wide and have a pitch of 31”.  ANA says that the seats have been designed to limit muscle fatigue, and that the height, length, and angle of the seat and backrest are …

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 …