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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #81
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All Nippon Airways to resume direct flights to Yangon in Sept.
(Shanghai Daily/Xinhua, June 25)

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YANGON, June 25 (Xinhua) -- A major Japanese airline -- All Nippon Airways -- is making preparation to resume direct flights between Tokyo and Yangon in September for the first time in 12 years, local media reported Monday.

Using Boeing 737 ER, the airline will operate Narita-Yangon- Narita three times a week, the Myanmar Posts said, adding that charter flight of Tokyo-Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw-Yangon-Hanoi-Tokyo will also be launched by using Boeing 767.

From 1996 to 2000, the airline operated direct flight between Osaka and Yangon three times a week.

As there is increased interest of Japanese businessmen and market researchers in Myanmar following the country's landmark by- elections on April 1 with gradual easing of foreign sanctions, the airline was trying to resume direct flights as soon as possible, according to an earlier report.

For the past 12 years, Japanese visitors had to travel to Myanmar via Bangkok or Singapore when the airline suspended its Yangon flight.

Following the recent opening of a representative office of Japan's second largest bank Mizuho Corporate Bank in Myanmar aimed at boosting foreign investment, there is also arrangement of the opening of a big shopping center by the Lawson Inc. of Japan.

At present, besides the Myanmar Airways International (MAI) flying internationally as Myanmar's national flag carrier, there are also 13 foreign airlines flying Yangon which comprise Air China, China Southern Airline, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air Asia, Taiwan region's China airlines, Silk Air, Malaysian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Jetstar Asia, Thai Air Asia and Vietnam Airlines.

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Old June 27th, 2012, 08:31 AM   #82
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Dealtek: Japan Airlines IPO gets tailwind from tax savings
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As Japan Airlines taxies towards its initial public offering in September, the airline will pitch investors on the hard-won cost-cuts and fuel-efficient fleet that helped it emerge from bankruptcy to become the world's most profitable airline.

But investors will also take note of another controversial boost for the former national flag carrier: the airline won't have to pay US$4.5 billion in taxes on future profits even though it owes its survival to a taxpayer-funded restructuring.


The tax break will give JAL an important edge over chief domestic rival All Nippon Airways for the remainder of the decade and it has emerged as a growing point of friction between the two airlines.


Behind the scenes, ANA executives have been lobbying government officials to either end the tax break or level the playing field by giving ANA preference in the allocation of landing spots at Tokyo's Haneda airport when those become available in 2014, people with knowledge of those discussions have said.


The opposition Liberal Democratic Party has become increasingly vocal in its criticism of the bailout, which was orchestrated by the ruling Democratic Party.



JAL, which went into bankruptcy in early 2010 with US$25 billion in debt, received a 350 billion-yen capital injection from a state-backed fund.


LDP lawmaker Shinsuke Suematsu recently likened JAL's planned purchases of new planes while carrying the tax break to "someone on social welfare going out and buying a brand-new Mercedes Benz."


For its part, JAL is worried that kind of talk could distract investors from the storyline it wants to pitch. That centres on operational improvements and steps to bolster overseas routes, a person involved in the IPO process said.


JAL expects to re-list its shares in September after it has raised about US$8 billion in an IPO, people with knowledge of the process have said.


Like others, they declined to be identified because the airline has yet to make its listing plans public.


The airline's resurgence is seen as a rare success story in the government's efforts to save companies deemed vital. But the airline's return to the markets also comes at a time when the government is grappling with a deficit that is more than twice the size of Japan's US$5 trillion economy.


"The results we have been able to produce surprised even us, but it's hard for me to swallow when someone simply looks at the numbers and says conditions are unfair," JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki said at a monthly briefing on Tuesday.


"The loss carry-forward is part of the tax code," he added. "It's a system used by many companies."




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Indeed, ANA itself has not paid corporate tax since 2009 after falling into the red following the financial crisis. But if it stays profitable, the tax credits it has built up could disappear in the next financial year to March 2014.


Bankers estimate JAL could raise 600 billion to 700 billion yen in the IPO. That will put it at a premium to ANA, which has a market capitalisation of 570 billion yen. JAL's extended tax break is a contributing factor to that valuation gap.


"You will see this coming through earnings," said Paul Wan, airline analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. "Even if they can't keep the same margins at the operating level, you'll get the benefit from the tax front."
JAL isn't the only major firm to come through a government-funded bailout with a controversial tax benefit.


General Motors, which was saved by the Obama administration, was also allowed to carry a tax benefit that could shield US$19 billion in future earnings based on past losses at the time of its 2010 IPO. That came after a change in the tax code that made GM and other companies that took U.S. bailout money exempt from rules that would have limited those savings.


JAL also benefited from a tweaking of the tax code. Last year an exemption was added to allow Japanese companies already in reorganization to continue to use 100 percent of their cumulative losses to offset tax for seven years.


At Japan's corporate tax rate of 36 percent, the credits could translate into a total of 360 billion yen in savings. For the year ended March, JAL reported an industry-leading 205 billion yen in operating profit and paid virtually no tax.


JAL cut 16,000 jobs, eliminated unprofitable routes and a slashed pensions as part of its overhaul. But it was also handed a clean balance sheet, which means less risk and lower interest payments, and takes advantage of lower depreciation costs tied to the post-bankruptcy write-down of its fleet.


Despite the gap with ANA, it is unlikely the government would look to force JAL to pay taxes even if it stays highly profitable, a government official involved in administering tax policy told Reuters on condition of anonymity.


"JAL has boosted profits largely on its own restructuring. I don't see the need to penalise it for that," the official said.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 10:47 AM   #83
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New Zealand fines Japan Airlines over cargo cartel
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WELLINGTON (AFP) — A New Zealand court on Friday fined Japan Airlines NZ$2.28 million ($1.8 million) after it admitted price fixing on cargo shipments in and out of the country.

The country’s competition watchdog, Commerce Commission New Zealand, said the High Court imposed the fine as part of a long-running case relating to fuel surcharge manipulation.


The commission said Japan Airlines had agreed to admit liability and pay the penalty as part of a pre-trial settlement between the regulator and the carrier, and the court endorsed the deal on Friday.


“The commission is pleased to have settled with another airline,” its lawyer Mary-Anne Borrowdale said in a statement.


Four firms—Japan Airlines, British Airways, Qantas and Luxembourg-based Cargolux International—have so far settled with the commission and paid fines totalling NZ$16.4 million.


The commission’s action alleges airlines colluded on fuel and security surcharges on international cargo flights between 2000 and 2006.


It said a number of airlines—including Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Korean Air, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways—were contesting the charges.


The case against them is due to go to court in March next year.


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Old July 2nd, 2012, 11:31 AM   #84
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Incident: JAL MD90 at Sendai Airport on Aug. 15, 2010;engine shut down in flight
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Japan's Transportation Safety Board (JTSB) released their final report in Japanese concluding the probable cause of the serious incident was:

During takeoff the right hand engine's #4 bearing scavenge system ruptured, the first diffuser tube of the #4 bearing scavenge system released engine oil through the opening. The released engine oil came in contact with the engine's hot section and ignited.

The fracture of the #4 bearing scavenge tube was the result of fatigue produced by stress created by vibrations by the operation of the engine.

The captain (52, ATPL, 14,720 hours total, 1,405 hours on type) was pilot monitoring, the first officer (41, CPL, 6,574 hours total, 3,949 hours on type) was pilot flying. The aircraft accelerated for takeoff on runway 27 and rotated at about 160 KIAS.

Shortly after becoming airborne Sendai tower reported white smoke coming from the right hand engine, however received no reply. Sendai departure transmitted the tower's observation of white smoke near the right hand engine about 40 seconds after the tower reported the observation.

The crew engaged the autopilot about 20 seconds after that transmission. 118 seconds after becoming airborne while climbing through 5,500 feet the crew received a right hand engine fire indication, throttled both engine back and declared emergency. The aircraft stopped the climb at 6,150 feet and began to gradually descend.


90 seconds after the fire alert the crew shut the right hand engine down and discharged the first fire bottle, 80 seconds later discharged the second fire bottle after which the fire indication ceased. The aircraft joined a left downwind and landed safely on Sendai's runway 27 about 15 minutes after becoming airborne.

The captain reported in post flight interviews that engine start and taxi towards the runway was normal with no anomaly observed. After steering the aircraft onto runway 27 the first officer assumed control and began takeoff, which felt smooth without any anomaly.

After rotation and positive rate of the climb the captain selected the gear up and contacted departure and was told "radar contact". When the aircraft climbed through about 3,000 feet departure informed the crew about white smoke from the right hand engine during takeoff.

The captain checked the engine instruments and noticed an amber warning light indicating low oil pressure, the master caution had not been activated. The captain decided to activate the procedures for the low oil pressure indication and was about to order level off at 6,000 feet when the right hand engine's fire warning activated.

The captain sensed a slight yaw to the right and suspecting the right hand engine had been damaged assumed control of the aircraft with the first officer assuming the role of pilot monitoring, the fire memory checklists were actioned shutting the engine down and discharging the first fire bottle and starting the timer.

After 80 seconds, when the fire indication had not ceased, the second fire bottle was discharged which resulting in the fire warning extinguishing. The aircraft subsequently joined a downwind to position for landing on runway 27 and stopped on the runway to have emergency services check the aircraft. Emergency services reported no smoke, the crew therefore taxied the aircraft to the apron.

The tower control said in post incident interviews that he had cleared the aircraft for takeoff from runway 27 and contact departure upon airborne. When the aircraft began to accelerate there was nothing unusual, by the time the aircraft began to rotate white smoke became visible from the right hand engine.

He reported his observation, the crew however had already switched to departure. He then forwarded his observation to the departure controller who relayed the information, the aircraft subsequently stopped the climb at 6,000 feet. The departure controller indicated that the crew had declared emergency due to an engine fire.

A post flight inspection of the aircraft revealed no damage to the aircraft, the right hand engine however showed decolouration to the cowling, the pressure relief door had opened with traces of heat loss extending backwards of the door. The diffuser case was broken and traces of oil leakage were found.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #85
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Swiss/Austrian seeks ATI approval to join ANA/LH Japan-Europe JV
(WCARN.com/ATW Daily News, July 13)


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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has filed an application with the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for antitrust immunity (ATI) to add Swiss International Air Lines (LX) and Austrian Airlines (OS), both Lufthansa Group carriers, to its Japan-Europe joint venture (JV) with Lufthansa (LH).

According to ANA, the expanded bilateral JV between LH Group and ANA "will offer customers greater convenience and improved access to intra-Europe routes."
more: http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/20/20301.html



Japan Airline ANA Sets Share Price
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Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) on Wednesday set the price for its huge new share offering in a move aimed at raising more than US$2 billion.

The airline announced it was selling 914 million new shares priced at 184 yen (US$2.33) each, with the proceeds used to fund a huge purchase of Boeing Dreamliners and boost its international network.

The price represents a discount of around four percent on the closing price on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Wednesday, when traders were paying 192 yen. Shares will be on sale Thursday and Friday, a company announcement said.
more: http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/20/20399.html
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Old July 23rd, 2012, 10:10 AM   #86
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ANA Grounds 5 of 11 Dreamliners
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All Nippon Airways has been forced to ground five of its 11 Boeing 787 Dreamliners over an engine defect.

The 787 launch customer said the aircraft were grounded after Boeing discovered an issue with the gearbox of the 787's Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine. ANA said the aircraft were grounded as a precaution but that none had been affected by the issue, which was discovered during Boeing's ground-based endurance testing of the engine.
more: http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/20/20470.html
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Old July 30th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #87
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Japan Airlines Roars back with an Eye on U.S. Market
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The in-house laundry service at Japan Airlines Co. still presses the cabin crews' uniforms, but not their white shirts. Crew members now take care of that themselves. And JAL's mechanics at Haneda Airport reuse their lunch bags to carry small aircraft parts, saving the company 7 to 11 yen per bag, or about a dime.

"We were able to reduce costs by 60 million yen [about US$750,000] last year at this hangar," says Shinichi Shimotori, a 26-year JAL veteran aircraft mechanic. The yen-pinching culture shift at the country's proud, once profligate national airline -- part of a formal program called "JAL Philosophy" -- is contributing to one of the more dramatic turnarounds in global aviation history.

Less than three years ago, JAL filed for bankruptcy with US$30 billion in debt, becoming one of Japan's largest ever corporate failures. This September, JAL plans to relist its stock in an ambitious US$6 billion-plus initial public offering, the year's second-largest IPO behind Facebook and making it the first company ever to return to the main board of Tokyo's stock exchange after going through Japan's version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. JAL is adding long-haul flights to the U.S., with a strategy of avoiding the crowded coastal airports.
more: http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/20/20598.html
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Old July 30th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #88
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Hows Japan Airline to San Diego route doing? Boston?

No other Asian airlines serve those two markets.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 09:12 PM   #89
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San Diego will only starts in December.

But Boston is doing good with high load factors, I've read that in July it was 96%. And considering that JAL isn't an airline that gives the ticket away almost for free to fill up the plane the yields should also be good.
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Japan Airlines' new special color scheme "Arashi jet". This is the 3rd generation color scheme with japanese idol group Arashi members. Seen here "Arashi jet" is departing for Fukuoka in a sunny morning at HND as JAL303
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The recently opened Kansai Airport Terminal 2

100% LCC, even the terminal is very basic.

Outward appearance.








Inside






The Peach check-in machines.






The shops







A new spotters location





You have to walk from the plane to the terminal.




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Terminal 2 website:
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Old December 24th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #95
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These Japanese airlines (JAL and ANA) really love the 787 Dreamliner. They're buying them like crazy.

In all seriousness, the 787 Dreamliner is a superb plane and these Japan air carriers have made an excellent choice to invest in these airplanes

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^Well it's more like they have an old fleet that needs to be revitalized, but aren't in the position to purchase large planes due to the increasing competition. More like a change in business strategy.
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I believe it has a lot to do with the fact the aircraft has been numbered B787... A good luck number in asian culture...
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Just sharing some photos I got while on-duty



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Joining in here, I see that KIX's Terminal 2 is simple and non-descript on the outside, but it is very airy and light inside... Looks much better than a typical cramped LCC terminal. I find it to be a pleasing terminal to breeze through, even for a short LCC flight on Peach to Seoul or Hong Kong, and it isn't that crowded at all, which is a great thing. Very hygienic too, and minimalist. All said: that terminal could be among the best LCC terminals in the world.
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