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Singapore Airlines Issues Odd Statement On North Korea

Earlier today Singapore Airline’s Facebook page posted an unusual warning on its Facebook page. Around 4:00pm Singapore time the airline posted the following:   North Korea is reportedly planning a rocket launch in the coming days. We wish to reassure our customers that none of our flights will be operating in airspace that may be…

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Boston, The First American City To Get 787 Service, Sees It For The First Time

Yesterday morning, just after 9:00am, the air was chilly in Boston, but there was a sense of anticipation in the air. At first glance the profile of the aircraft approaching Boston Logan International Airport’s Runway 22L could have been nearly any aircraft, possibly a Boeing 767 or even an Airbus A330, but as the aircraft…

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Boeing Makes History On October 26th Again …

Fifty-three years ago today, on the evening of October 26th 1958, crowds gathered to witness history, the first Boeing 707-121 commercial passenger flight. Pan Am’s “Clipper America” (N709PA) flew from Pan Am’s Wordport, at New York’s Idlewild Airport to Paris’ Le Bourget Airport with 11 crewmembers and 111 passengers for eight-and-a-half hours. The Boeing 707’s…

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Japan Airlines Steps Back & Rethinks A Low Cost Carrier

At the end of this past August the battle for dominance of between Japan’s two dominant airlines had reached a peak. All Nippon Airways (ANA), the slightly smaller and financially stable airline had begun discussing the creation of a low cost carrier (LCC) … and Japan Airlines (JAL), the larger airline in the midst of…

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Aeroflot’s Low Cost Airline & Why No One Is Paying Attention

This past April Aeroflot, the Russian national flag carrier, announced it was considering launching a low cost carrier (LCC), as it takes over six smaller state-owned airlines in Russia.  Aeroflot’s low cost carrier announcement was lost among the stories related to Aeroflot taking over multiple smaller Russian airlines and the Russian government meddling in the…

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Japan’s Airline Battle Escalates To War Today

Today … well its ‘today’ in Japan and ‘tomorrow’ where I am … the battle between All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) that I have recently written about will officially become a full blown war for dominance over the nation’s airline passengers. ANA has already exceeded JAL as the dominant mainline airline in…

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Can Japan Airlines’ Layoffs and Shedding of Routes & Planes Be Good?

It is hard to pinpoint when Japan Airlines (JAL) started its downfall.  For more than fifty years JAL was the top airline in Japan and for a long time the top airline in Asia and one of the largest airlines in the world.  Even with competitor All Nippon Airways (ANA) being founded a year after…

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Japan : An Airline Battle Ground

I have been closely watching the two primary airlines in Japan, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) for nearly two years. The saga surrounding Japan Airlines‘ fall from the both the dominant Japanese airline and the largest airline by passengers carried in Asia, to a company in the midst of the largest bankruptcy…

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ANA To Offer Keg Beer After Asking Passengers To Empty Bladders

Back in October of 2009 All Nippon Airways (ANA) began an interesting initiative to reduce the airline’s carbon footprint by asking passengers to empty their bladders before flying. All Nippon Airways stated that asking passengers to empty their bladders would lead to lighter passengers and reduced lavatory waste, which would translate into a lighter aircraft…

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Japan’s Rival Airlines Ranked Top Two On-Time Airlines

Japan’s two global airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) battle for dominance day in and day out for passengers and superiority on international routes and domestic traffic…so it should be no surprise that the two top airlines in global on-time performance for the previous year are these two airlines. In Japan the…

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