60 000 slots for international flights at Haneda airport from October, 2010

Japan’s new government continues to push to turn Haneda airport into a twenty-four-hour international airport. Mr. Seiji Maehara, Transport Minister, advised that at least half of the increase in new slots at Haneda airport will be allocated to international flights. A fourth runway is scheduled to open in October 2010, increasing the airports daytime landing […]

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Japan’s Reward Point Market To Exceed Y1tln In FY09

TOKYO (Nikkei)–More than 1 trillion yen worth of shopping points will likely be issued in Japan in the current year through March 2010, with more businesses offering rewards programs for a wider range of products and services. A reward point card from Yodobashi Camera Co. With more products and services purchasable via reward points, these […]

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Singapore Airlines Tops Satisfaction Ranking

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Singapore Airlines won top honors in a Japanese customer satisfaction ranking for the second straight year, taking the No. 1 spot in five out of six categories, according to data released by Recruit Co. The only category in which the Southeast Asian airline did not receive the best score was entertainment, in which it […]

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ANA, JAL consider resuming fuel surcharges for international flights

TOKYO —Japan’s two major airlines are considering collecting fuel surcharges again on international flights in the October to December period in response to the rise in airline fuel prices, airline officials said Wednesday. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have scrapped fuel surcharges on international flights from July to September in line with declines in […]

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ANA, JAL Eyeing Return Of Fuel Surcharges On Higher Oil Prices

TOKYO (Nikkei)–All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Corp. will likely bring back fuel surcharges in October to reflect higher oil prices. ANA and JAL reassess such surcharges every three months. Owing to a downslide in crude oil prices from last summer, the airlines sharply reduced their surcharges this past January and April. And they […]

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JAL faces more losses as retirees fight cuts

Two-thirds of former employees must agree to pension reduction Takahiro Fukushima gets a pension of ¥2.7 million a year from Japan Airlines Corp., where he worked for 35 years. Two months ago, the unprofitable airline sent the former cabin attendant a letter asking his permission to cut it by more than 50 percent. Pension in […]

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Kansai airport has worst June since ’03

Kansai International Airport, Japan’s second-busiest international gateway, had its biggest monthly drop in passengers since 2003 in June. The airport had an average of 28,600 passengers a day last month, a 34 percent drop compared with a year earlier, its operator said Wednesday. It was the biggest decline since June 2003. The airport, which cost […]

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ANA, JAL Rushing To Clip Wings At Kansai International Airport

TOKYO (Nikkei)–All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Corp. plan further cuts to unprofitable routes at Kansai International Airport, raising concerns about the impact to the operator of the western Japan hub, The Nikkei learned Monday. JAL will terminate two Chinese routes connecting the Osaka airport with Dalian and Hangzhou, which the airline serves once […]

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JAL, ANA Fundraising Paths Reflect Reform Gap

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co. are set to raise funds using drastically different methods, a divergence that reflects a significant gap in restructuring progress at Japan’s two leading carriers. Last week, the Development Bank of Japan and three megabanks agreed to extend a syndicated loan of 100 billion yen to JAL. […]

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