AirAsia Japan Launches With 2 Domestic Routes

Japan’s burgeoning low cost air travel market witnessed the entry of a third new player this year with the commencement of operations by AirAsia Japan. A joint venture between Malaysia’s AirAsia and Japan’s All Nippon Airways, the carrier is based out of Tokyo (Narita) and flies 2 new Airbus A320s configured in a high-density 180-seat layout on … Continue reading

New Asian Airlines Take Off

Asian aviation received a boost this week with the launch of operations for 2 new airlines in the region. Thai Airways subsidiary Thai Smile Air took off on its maiden flight to Macau this morning, while Jetstar Japan became the country’s latest low-cost carrier on Tuesday.   Thai Smile Air Government officials, invited guests and … Continue reading

Doubletree By Hilton Enters Japan

Hilton Worldwide has opened the new Doubletree by Hilton Naha on the resort island of Okinawa. Situated directly opposite the Asahibashi Station of the Okinawa City Monorail, the 227-room hotel is minutes away from the city’s entertainment, shopping and tourism districts, with attractions such as the 14th Century Shuri Castle within easy reach.   Guests … Continue reading

Japanese Low Cost Carrier Peach Takes To The Skies

Peach Aviation, Japan’s first low cost carrier, took to the skies today offering the proven formula of low-priced tickets and optional extras for a fee. Its inaugural flight, MM 101, departed Osaka (Kansai) at 0717 hrs for Sapporo (New Chitose), where it arrived at 0909 hrs and heralded a new era in the country’s air travel industry. … Continue reading

Star Cruises Deploys SuperStar Aquarius To Taiwan

Asian cruise giant Star Cruises has announced that it will deploy the 1,530-passenger SuperStar Aquarius to Taiwan for the summer sailing season. Previously operating out of Hong Kong, the ship recently underwent a month-long refurbishment to update the onboard facilities before arriving in Kaohsiung on 6 April 2011.   Short Cruises to Southern Japan During her … Continue reading