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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.