JAL Sky Suite 777 service to Chicago O’Hare

JAL Sky Suite 777 service to Chicago O’Hare start from January 20

Start from January 20, 2014 JAL, Japan Airlines to launch “JAL Sky Suite 777″ service to Chicago O’Hare from Tokyo (Narita). And then for next step, turn on Narita-Frankfurt service starting in April 2014.

Currently "JAL Sky Suite 777" already serve on Tokyo (Narita) - London (Heathrow), Tokyo (Narita) - New York (JFK), Tokyo (Narita) - Paris (CDG) and Tokyo (Narita) - Los Angeles.

The new Boeing 777 Sky Suite service is upgrade level of service, 13 of 232-seat Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft have modifying to this new level of service.

Changes in cabin class names
Our present JAL Execlusive Class, "Seasons" will be renamed "Jal Business Class" when the modified planes fly again. (Airport signage, boarding passes and more will be given a new look as of April 2013)

Photo by JAL, Toshi Aoki

Vanilla Air is rebrands from AirAsia Japan

We are know, the Japanese aviation industry has been notorious for sky-high landing fees and fuel taxes, but not that's true the point of why AirAsia Japan fail. The airline's president Tomonori Ishii said the slump was partially due to the company's extra focus on online sales - a key strategy for AirAsia, but many Japanese travellers still book flights through travel agents. The airlines announced in June that the joint venture would be terminated by the end of October, just over a year after the carrier began flying out of Tokyo's Narita airport, due to a slump, more detail.

Budget carrier AirAsia Japan base on Narita Tokyo, Japan, the failed joint venture between AirAsia, Malaysia and ANA (All Nippon Airways) Japan, will be rebranded as Vanilla Air, the airline announced Tuesday, and will become the new name in December. Executives chose Vanilla Air from over 200 other names, taking a month and a half to decide.

Tomonori Ishii

Vanilla Air, which will begin flights in late December with two passenger planes to be leased from ANA, is to target travellers heading for resort destinations.

All of AirAsia Japan's 420 staff will now become employees of Vanilla Air.

Ishii said the carrier would remain based at Narita airport, and aims to serve travellers to resort destinations both at home and overseas, mainly in Asia.

"We will begin with short-distance services but want to expand the range to mid- and long-distances in line with ANA's branding strategy," Ishii said, adding that it would also increase the number of airplanes to 10 in 2015.

He said further details about the new operation, including destinations and ticket fees, would be announced in late September.

A company spokeswoman said the new company would cooperate with travel agents, while introducing a new online ticketing system that "can be fit to local customers".

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ANA orders more three additional Boeing 777-300ERs

ANA (All Nippon AIrways) TokyoJapan and Boeing have announced ANA adds more three additional 777-300ER airplanes. The order, valued at approximately $945 million at current list prices, these orders will increase the total number of 777s in ANA’s fleet to 57 airplanes once delivered. Currently ANA have 26 Boeing 777-300s on the fleet.

As the first airline in Japan, and one of the few global airlines being recognized as the highest 5-Star airline by SKYTRAX, ANA will continue to further enhance the services offer to the customers.

New Boeing 777-300ER will be equipped with service, new bedding for long-haul flights – Ultimate in cabin comfortANA presents a new selection of bedding, using the latest innovative technologies that are the pride of Nishikawa Sangyo Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese manufacturer of bedding products since its founding in 1566.

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Spring Airlines Japan Start Operates late 2013 or early 2014

Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, China have the subsidiary new low-cost cerier on Japan and the brands is Spring Airlines Japan. The airline previously was hoping to start operations in the spring of 2013.

Now this airline has been approved by Japan’s MLIT for a launch of scheduled passenger operations, and planning to commence operations on late 2013 or early 2014, 

The new airline is planning to operate domestic routes initially from Narita Airport to Hiroshima, Kumamoto and Takamatsu, and will be served by Boeing 737-800.

Spring Airlines is the largest low-cost carrier in China and operates over 50 international and domestic routes covering a network of more than 30 cities across China, Japan and Thailand.

AirAsia Japan Got The End

AirAsia Japan Got The End, ANA and AirAsia officially divorced

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holding Inc. will buy the shares owned by AirAsia Berhad on a joint airline AirAsia Japan, worth 2.4 billion yen. With this purchase, the two airlines officially dissolve the partnership on AirAsia Japan.

AirAsia Japan based in Narita Airport, Tokyo, has failed to attract the attention of aviation service users in Japan since its launch in August 2011. ANA, which has 67% stake in AirAsia Japan, blamed poor performance due to marketing ineffective and booking via AirAsia's website is not user friendly for prospective customers.

On the other side from AirAsia, argues that the failure of AirAsia Japan to make profits because of poor cost management by the company, so the cost is quite high for a low-cost airlines (LCC).

"I remain optimistic on the Japanese market and believe there is tremendous opportunity for low-cost carrier to be successful on there," said CEO AirAsia Group, Tony Fernandes on his statement.

"We not give up on my dream air travel transform on Japan become true and we hope to go back there some day," he added.

AirAsia Japan reported a loss since it was first launched with serve five route domestic and two for international all destinations in South Korea. Losses on AirAsia Japan's cut approximately 3.5 billion yen operating profit of ANA in the financial year 2012.

"We reckon it would be better to operate the airline as a unit that we have fully," said Senior Vice President of ANA, Shinzo Shimizu, told on news conference in Tokyo.

Besides AirAsia Japan, ANA also has a low-cost airline based at Kansai Airport, Osaka, brand is Peach.

Of course ANA have the competitor in Japan, Japan Airlines (JAL) also has a low-cost airline and the brand name is Jetstar Japan, yes JAL joint venture with Qantas Airways, Australia. Jetstar Japan based at Narita Airport and Kansai.

Shimizu said, ANA will decide in July, how to operate the former airline AirAsia Japan and will pick a new name for the airline. Other options, he did not dismiss the possibility of the airline will be merged with Peach. AirAsia Japan will still use distinctive livery on AirAsia's plane until November.

AirAsia said, with the cooperation of the outbreak AirAsia Japan should return all leased aircraft from AirAsia on Nov. 1, 2013.

AirAsia Japan currently operates four aircrafts, all type is Airbus A320 and one more aircraft will join the fleet of the company in the near future.

Some aircraft will be returned to AirAsia in September, while the remainder will be returned at the end of October, an ANA spokesman told Reuters.

ANA spokesman also said the plane began to lose some more will cause flight cancellations. But, ANA will offer flights using aircraft itself if possible.

ANA will decide in July on the aircraft to be used on a former airline joint venture. ANA has an option to lease an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, buy secondhand aircraft, or reconfigure old A320 aircraft held as the quickest solution.