Chinese Researcher Questioned Over Drone Flight

Chinese researcher questioned over drone flight

Tokyo police have questioned a Chinese researcher who flew a drone near Tokyo Station without authorization.

The researcher in his 50s from Beijing's transportation bureau allegedly violated Japan's civil aviation law.

Jal System Trouble Causing Domestic Flight Delays

JAL system trouble causing domestic flight delays

Japan Airlines officials are warning of delays as they say their passenger check-in system for domestic flights is malfunctioning at airports across the country.

JAL says it has been having the trouble since 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday in Japan.

Turbulence Injures 3 On Alitalia Flight To Japan

Turbulence injures 3 on Alitalia flight to Japan

Three crew members aboard an Alitalia flight into Japan have been injured when air turbulence rocked it just before landing near Tokyo.

Officials at Japan's transport ministry say the Italian airline's flight 784 from Rome was about to land at Narita Airport around 10 a.m. on Thursday when the turbulence hit.

Japan, Us Agree On New Flight Routes Over Tokyo

Japan, US agree on new flight routes over Tokyo

The Japanese government and the US military have reached a basic agreement on new routes for commercial flights through US-controlled airspace over a part of Tokyo and adjacent areas.

Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami revealed this to reporters on Wednesday.

Japan, Us To Agree On New Flight Routes Over Tokyo

Japan, US to agree on new flight routes over Tokyo

Japan and the US are expected to reach an agreement soon on new routes for commercial flights through US-controlled airspace over part of Tokyo and adjacent areas.

The measure is aimed at dealing with air traffic congestion expected at Tokyo's Haneda Airport in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Jal Bungles Overbooked Flight

JAL bungles overbooked flight

Officials at Japan Airlines apparently started asking passengers on an overbooked flight if they were willing to take other planes only about 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

The eventually cancelled flight was scheduled to leave Tokyo's Haneda Airport around 8 PM on Wednesday, as JAL's final flight for Fukuoka on the day.

Haneda's Extra Flight Route At Standstill

Haneda's extra flight route at standstill

Japan's transport officials are facing a problem over their plan to boost the number of international flights using Tokyo's Haneda Airport in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

NHK has learned that US government officials have told the Japanese side it won't allow planes to fly in areas controlled by their air force in the country.

Flight Cancellations Continue

Flight cancellations continue

Airlines cancelled more than 200 domestic flights Monday. More cancellations are expected and airlines ask passengers to check their websites for the latest information.

Flight Cancellations

Flight cancellations

Airlines have canceled 937 domestic flights on Sunday due to Tyhoon Trami. Kansai International Airport plans to close both of its two runways between 11:00 am Sunday and 6:00 am Monday. More flight cancellations are expected, and airlines ask their passengers to check the latest information on their websites.

Ana Flight Fire Scare

ANA flight fire scare

An All Nippon Airways jet appeared to be filled with smoke just before its departure from Narita, near Tokyo.

The incident occurred in the cabin of Flight 809 bound for Hong Kong on Monday morning. At least 4 passengers say they are not feeling well. 137 people were on board.

Star Flyer Takes Robotic Route For In-flight Safety Instruction Film

Star Flyer takes robotic route for in-flight safety instruction film

Japanese airline Star Flyer Inc. is putting an animated twist on the sometimes tedious but necessary ritual of in-flight safety instructions with its own futuristic robot character, Star Flyer Man.

The carrier announced on Dec. 11 that it will start showing an in-flight video that gives safety instructions for passengers in anime style from Dec. 17.

Jal Upgrades In-flight Services, Equipment To Woo Foreign Fliers

JAL upgrades in-flight services, equipment to woo foreign fliers

By Etsuo Kono / Japan News staff writer Japan Airlines Co. is accelerating efforts to upgrade its in-flight services, as well as equipment used on medium-haul international flights. The carrier is particularly focusing on routes to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, because of the increasing number of international tourists traveling on these routes.

The airline's refurbished fleet of eleven Boeing 777-200ER aircraft — dubbed "JAL Sky Suite" to reflect the higher level of comfort and services offered — began flying in July last year. The refurbished planes now include fully reclining seats with direct access to aisles in business class.