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Japan Airlines Will Begin Using Gender-Neutral Phrases When Addressing Passengers

Japan Airlines has announced new terminology to be used when addressing passengers in airports and on aircraft, and "ladies and gentlemen" is no longer part of the script. Instead, beginning Oct. 1, the airline will use gender-friendly expressions, such as "attention all passengers" and "welcome, everybody." The phrases are already gender-neutral when spoken in Japanese and will likely go unnoticed to most Japanese-speaking customers, but the changes will apply to other languages used by the airline. Japan Airlines is the…

Anniversary of JAL 123 Crash Renews Requests to Re-Open Investigation

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the deadliest single aircraft accident in aviation history. Japan Airlines flight 123, a B747 flying from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Osaka International Airport, crashed 32 minutes after departure near Mount Osutaka in Japan, killing 520 people. All but four passengers were lost in…

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…

Japan Airlines to Offer Free Flights for Olympics Tourists

As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the nation’s flag carrier has announced a campaign to boost inter-Japan travel during the games. Japan Airlines plans to offer 50,000 free domestic roundtrip tickets to international visitors during the 2020 Olympics. The objective of this campaign is…

JAL Breaks Down Haneda Airport Strategy for 2020

Japan Airlines has announced how it will take advantage of the new slots at Tokyo's Haneda Airport with an increase in service for its main carrier and first routes for its low-cost arm. The airline will also still hold on to its position at nearby Narita Airport with new routes…

A History of Japan Airlines

Aug. 1, 1951, Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded with ¥100 million in capital under chairman Aiichiro Fujiyama and president Seijiro Yanagida.  The airline started initially as an independent operation with scheduled domestic routes leasing aircraft from Norwest Airlines including the Martin 202 - a twin-engine piston-powered airliner - the Douglas…

Seattle Grows International Route Network with Three New Routes and…

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the 8th busiest airport in the United States, just got a little busier as it inaugurated three new routes over a 24 hour period this past weekend. Seeing a combination of new routes and new airlines during the International Air Transport Association's change of season, Seattle further…

Seattle Prepares for New Asia Routes in Upcoming Week

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, commonly shortened to SeaTac, is in for a busy week as three airlines will begin new service from Seattle to points east, growing the airport’s route network to Asia. Already connected to the Far East via a number of international carriers, Seattle will see a combination of…

Airbus and Japan Airlines Announce FHS Contract

On Monday, Airbus announced a new contract with Japan Airlines for its Flight Hour Services (FHS) program. The announcement comes only three days after Airbus announced that the first JAL A350-900 has begun final assembly at their Toulouse factory. That aircraft is scheduled for delivery later this year. Airbus offers…

Las Vegas is Getting Nonstop Flights to Tokyo…But Only for…

Last week, American Airlines announced plans for a new complement to its Asian route network, a flight from Las Vegas's McCarran International Airport and Tokyo's Narita Airport. This route, however, is not like the airline's others in that it will come with a prescribed end date just 10 days after…