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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…

Japan’s Aviation Industry Gradually Recovering

After months of the coronavirus pandemic began, Japan's domestic travel volume is seeing an upward trend. Tokyo Narita International Airport and Kansai Airports have announced their latest passenger volume in August, and both are seeing a surge in domestic travel passengers. The figures show that the domestic passenger volume has…

Japan Domestic Demand Increases, Full Recovery Expected by October

According to local media, Japan Airlines is expecting a full recovery of its domestic demand as early as this October following the diminished demand caused by the coronavirus crisis. “We expect to recover to 80 percent in August and fully operate in line with our normal schedule around October,” Shunsuke…

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…

Australia Contracts 15 Carriers to Keep Goods Moving

In hopes of keeping some industries afloat, the Australian government has created the International Freight Assistance Mechanism in hopes of keeping some trade routes open for those seeking high demand, limited lifespan items. The project has been agreed upon by Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

JAL Prepares for Olympic Flame Transfer with Special Livery

With the Games of the XXXII Olympiad still planned to begin on July 24, the transition of Olympic flame from Greece to Japan will be completed this week using a Japan Airlines aircraft as an intermediary to get the flame across continents. Both JAL and All Nippon Airways have sponsorship…

Contenders for MAS Stake Become Public

Malaysia Airlines has taken the next step in selling a stake of the carrier to another company in its quest to return to profitability. The country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says that five bids have been received in hopes of selling part of the struggling carrier and keep it flying.…

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…

Japan Airlines Introduces Feature To Help Passengers Avoid Screaming Infants

It may be controversial, but the latest initiative by Japan Airlines is bound to prove very popular among a certain group of passengers. The Japanese carrier has introduced a feature in its website booking process that signals the seats that are likely to be occupied by infants “between the age…

Japan Assigns 50 New International Daytime Slots at Tokyo Haneda

Japanese authorities have allocated 50 new daytime slot pairs at Tokyo Haneda Airport to nine countries for the 2020 IATA Summer season which begins on March 29, 2020. The pairs have been equally distributed between Japanese carriers (25 pairs) and foreign carriers (25 pairs) for services to the United States,…