Japan’s expansion of the international terminal at Haneda Airport in the Tokyo metropolitan area bolsters route expansion plans by its two major carriers, ANA and Japan Airlines (JAL).
Transport in Japan
For the eighth year in a row, officials from Japan’s Nagoya Airport are here at NBAA (Booth No. 3094) to highlight business aviation in the region.
Representatives from Japan’s government and Narita Airport are here (Booth No. 3831) to describe recent initiatives to promote business aviation in their country. Japan, with the world’s third largest economy (recently surpassed by China), is home to 68 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, 52 of which are based in the greater Tokyo area. Yet the country until recently has not embraced corporate aviation.
Flight planning provider Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth H608) has named 12-year company veteran Charlie Mularski as its new regional vice president for the Asia Pacific region, as part of the company’s continuing efforts to provide region-specific products and raise its service levels within th
Japan’s Narita International Airport is to open its first executive aviation terminal next year. The announcement, which was made at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas on October 10, is an endorsement of the efforts Narita and the Japan Business Aviation Association have put into developing private aviation in the country.
As part of Japan’s resolve to get back on its feet after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the eastern part of the country in April, Nagoya Airport has come to the NBAA show (Booth No. C8026) to make it clear that it is perfectly safe to travel to Japan.
Boeing didn’t have to contrive any sense of jubilation today in rain-soaked Everett, Wash., as it delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways. It staged the event after three years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns on a complex program that at times appeared to have tested the U.S. airframer to the limit.
Japanese carrier ANA is preparing for the first-ever passenger flight by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on October 26, when it will operate a special charter service from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Hong Kong.
Despite what has been reported as the halting pace of radiation containment at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, business aviation operations in the country are slowly returning to normal, according to industry sources. Statistics from flight tracking provider Flight Aware showed a total of 33 general aviation flights from North America and U.S.
Most of Japan’s airports have reopened in the wake of Friday’s major earthquake and ensuing tsunami that triggered one of the worst nuclear power plant disasters in history, left thousands dead and caused widespread property damage. Airspace within a 20-km (10.8 nm) radius of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant remains closed from the surface through all altitudes. Sendai Airport is buried under a sea of mud and remains closed.
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