HeliFlite Shares and Sentient Jet on February 12 announced they have partnered to make seats on the aircraft they operate available to members of one another’s programs. Under the agreement, HeliFlite clients can fly on Sentient Jet’s airplanes while Sentient members gain access to quick, convenient helicopter flights to most local airports in the Northeast.
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For the first time in its history, Japan early next year will dedicate an airport to business and commuter aircraft. In February major airlines will vacate Nagoya Airport, on the outskirts of Tokyo, and move their operations to the new Central Japan International Airport. Nagoya is expected to be recast as Japan’s first hub airport for commuter and business aircraft.
Arinc (Stand W416) has unveiled a gate check-in system that aims to cut costs for airports and airlines by allowing them to take advantage of so-called “common-use” passenger check-in platforms.
Arinc’s Muse technology lets several airlines share the same gates using common workstations in an arrangement that streamlines and simplifies gate check-in procedures, the company said.
operators in the PACIFIC RIM Phoenix Fuel has formed Phoenix Japan Aviation Group, based at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, to provide ground-handling services for Pacific Rim business aviation operators as well as commercial and cargo companies. Phoenix’s services include contract fuel, permits, slots, ground transportation and a direct link to international trip planning, according to the company.
Japan’s minister for administrative reform and deregulation has called for Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports to be privatized and merged and managed by a single operating company, arguing that the facilities would be run more efficiently in the private sector. The minister said he expects a privatization plan for the country’s main gateways to be approved by year-end.
Delegates from Nagoya Airport are here at the NBAA Convention to promote the airport as Japan’s business aviation gateway. The field has seen a 32-percent increase in business aviation traffic, climbing from 90 movements in 2005 to 119 last year. This might not seem like much, but Japan has not generally been a hospitable environment for business aircraft operators since it holds pilots to airline-qualification requirements to fly there.
After many months of negotiations with FAA and Japanese aviation officials, Van Nuys, Calif.-based charter firm The Air Group has succeeded in its long-time quest to base aircraft (initially two Gulfstream Vs) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
A Canadair Regional Jet made history on February 17 when it landed at Nagoya Airport on the outskirts of Tokyo. The flight marked a first in Japan–a flight to an airport dedicated to business and commuter aircraft. Just hours before the CRJ’s historic landing, international airline passenger operations finished moving to the new Central Japan International Airport.
Japan’s Aichi Prefecture recently completed construction of the Central Japan Airport (RJGG) to accommodate airline demand for slots that was straining Nagoya Airport beyond capacity. While the new airport, more commonly called Centrair, is big news, it’s what the government did with the old Nagoya Airport that is even more significant.
Tokyo’s Nagoya Airport remained on schedule to become Japan’s first hub facility dedicated to business and commuter aircraft. The airport is expected to serve its last major airline flight at approximately 10 p.m. on February 16. All airliners will be ferried that night to the new Central Japan International Airport. The Aichi local government will take over operation of Nagoya at midnight.