Beijing Reopens Its Doors to International Flights

On July 27, Lufthansa resumed its first Beijing flight, LH722, service from Frankfurt. The flight has been suspended for 907 days due to the pandemic. Lufthansa previously served the one-way flight from Beijing to Frankfurt, with the plane entering China in Shenyang, and then repositioning to Beijing. The resumed direct…

Joby Aviation, ANA Form Partnership to Launch Air Taxi Service

On Feb. 14, ANA and Joby Aviation announced an agreement that will see Japan's largest airline unite with the aerospace company to offer aerial ridesharing services to Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation has also joined the agreement — with plans to study potential topics such as ground-based mobility. Joby's intention to…

ANA Expects Second Year of Net Loss, Plans To Cut…

A number of months back in May 2021, ANA Holdings Inc. said that it was initially predicted to see a net profit for the year lasting through March 2022. The earlier prediction came as Japan was hosting the Summer 2020 Tokyo Olympics and also as vaccinations rates were rolling relatively…

ANA Welcomes Final A380 to Fleet

The largest carrier in Japan — All Nippon Airways — finally took delivery of its final of three Airbus A380s that will round out its fleet operating from the archipelagic nation to the Hawaiian islands. Much like its sister planes, this A380 once again graces the skies in a turtle-themed…

ANA, Japan Airlines Strengthening Low-Cost Services

With uncertainty remaining over when – or if – travel demand will make a full-fledged recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, two of Japan's major airlines are positioning themselves to take advantage of any upturn with a punt on low-cost services, per Kyodo News. As leisure demand is expected to have…

ACCC Making Moves to Block Tie-Up Between Qantas-Japan Airlines

Australia's competition regulator came out on Thursday, May 6, and said that it was proposing to block a code-sharing, pricing and scheduling deal between home carrier Qantas and Japan Airlines because it would likely mean higher fares and possibly worse service for passengers. Qantas had claimed that the five-year agreement…

ANA Foresees Rebound Despite Annual Loss

All Nippon Airways reported the largest annual loss in its history on April 30, but the airline foresees a rebound back to profitability this financial year, with its vice president seeing "light at the end of the tunnel" after the Covid-19 pandemic. From April 2020-March 2021, ANA Holdings reported a record…

Japanese LCC Skymark Chooses 4-Day Workweek Instead of Furloughs

Owing to decreased travel demand due to COVID-19, Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) Skymark Airlines has introduced a four-day workweek for its office employees beginning next spring. Unlike its counterparts around the world, which have furloughed or cut staff, the Tokyo-based airline is choosing to keep its workers employed and is…

Singapore Airlines Posts Heavy Losses Over Ineffective Fuel Hedging

Last week Singapore Airlines posted the first full-year loss of its almost 50-year history amid a collapse in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and some heavy losses on its fuel hedging policy. The airline recorded a net loss of 212 million Singapore dollars ($149.1 million) for the fiscal year…