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PICTURES: Changi finally gets in on the 787 act

Singapore’s Changi Airport is normally on top of the game, but it has endured a frustrating wait for its first Boeing 787 commercial flight. That ended on Sunday when Japan Airlines (JAL) started operating the 787-8 to Singapore on the Tokyo Narita-Singapore route. A loud round of applause broke out when the 787 finally landed around […]

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Japan Airlines gets in the Olympic spirit with a specially painted aircraft

Japan Airlines (JAL) will deploy a specially painted aircraft on selected domestic routes to show its support for the country’s sportsmen and sportswomen, who will be participating in this year’s summer Olympics. A Boeing 777-200, registered JA772J, will feature the official slogan of the Japanese Olympic Committee – “Gambare! Nippon!” (“Go for it! Japan!”). The […]

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IATA AGM: Japan Airlines looks for mindset change

I just interviewed Japan Airlines’ new president and COO Masaru Onishi (above), a very interesting man, at the IATA annual general meeting in Berlin.He was talking about how, above almost everything else, JAL needs a change in mindset – moving away from its traditional bureaucratic perspectives towards running the company towards an approach that befits […]

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So is it JAL or is it the freighter market?

Japan Airlines made an amazing announcement yesterday, saying that it will stop dedicated freighter services from end-October. For JAL, a company with a long history of cargo operations, to do this is simply sensational.But it sure will be odd not seeing the distinctive all-silver JALCARGO aircraft. I’m not sure if it is due to the […]

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It is time for JAL to choose – and make hard decisions

The way is now clear for JAL to choose an American partner, and it looks like it will be a very tricky decision.Both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer significant benefits to the Japanese flag carrier, but what is more important is that the airline itself undertakes the necessary reforms to restructure its operations […]

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More pain lies ahead for Japan Airlines

What will Japan’s Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp find when it studies whether it should invest in Japan Airlines that we don’t already know?The reality is that JAL will become bankrupt without government help. And despite all the caveats from the different parties, it is almost certain that the Japanese government – through the ETIC – […]

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Delta offering JAL a life-line?

Delta Air Lines is unlikely to take a majority stake in Japan Airlines if the ongoing talks, reported by various news organisations, come to fruition.There is likely to be opposition from the Japanese government to such a move, especially since it has spent trillions of yen helping to prop up a carrier still seen as […]

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PICTURES: JAL retires Boeing 747 classics

Japan Airlines retired its last Boeing 747 classic last week. Here are some pictures of the aircraft, a 747-300, before its last flight from Honolulu (hence the Hawaii garland!).Below are some others from JAL showing the -100, -200 and -300 in operation. I’ve never flown on any of the classics, and I guess my chances […]

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VIDEO: JAL Boeing 747-400 engine sucks up cargo container

This is unbelievable! A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft was grounded at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday after a large object, believed to be a cargo container, was sucked into one of its engines.The incident happened as JAL flight 62 was leaving one of the airport’s gates. All 245 passengers on board were […]

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JAL receives its 50th Boeing 767

Boeing a few days ago delivered its 50th Boeing 767 to Japan Airlines, which is the fifth-largest 767 operator in the world. The PR people at Boeing were good enough to send through this photo of the 767 taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington  on the 7 May for its ferry flight to Tokyo Narita. It is amazing […]

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