C-3PO To Take Flight With ANA

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced plans to add a new Star Wars-themed aircraft to its fleet, the fourth to feature characters from the acclaimed movie franchise as part of the ANA Star Wars Project in partnership with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.   Unveiled to fans at the Star Wars Celebration Europe … Continue reading

Scoot To Add Sapporo To Network

Singapore-based low cost carrier Scoot today announced the addition of Sapporo to its flying network, with flights to begin in October 2016. Hokkaido’s biggest city becomes the airline’s third Japanese destination after Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka.   Operating 3 times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, flight TZ 216 departs Singapore at 0615 hrs, arriving … Continue reading

Shinkansen Service reaches Hokkaido

Japan’s shinkansen high-speed rail network marked a significant milestone today with the official opening of the first stage of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, directly linking the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu with the promise of faster travel times and comfortable, sleek new trains. The first scheduled service, Hayate 91, left Shin-Aomori station at 0632 hrs for … Continue reading

Hawaiian Airlines Adds Taipei To Network

Hawaiian Airlines has launched non-stop service from Honolulu to Taipei, its seventh Asian destination and the latest addition to its expanding international network. Gate-side festivities for the inaugural flight included the traditional Hawaiian blessing, music and hula, Taiwanese cultural performance and the presentation of lei to passengers, as government and commercial VIPs joined the transpacific … Continue reading

Airlines Suspend Dreamliner Operations

Operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have moved to ground their fleets following an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration pending safety testing of the onboard batteries. A series of incidents involving the aircraft (most recently an emergency landing in Japan) prompted the directive, with Japanese and US operators the first to suspend operations. … Continue reading