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So Cool: ANA Threw a Special Plane Party at Tokyo-Haneda

January 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

Okay, this is just plain amazing.

On Christmas Eve, Japanese airline ANA managed to get all of their airplanes sporting special livery into Tokyo-Haneda Airport at the same time, parked at gates one after the other. The planning and background teamwork behind making an event like this happen in staggering; we only wish ANA had devoted more than a small Facebook photoset to the day.

Stars of the tarmac on December 24 were the Pokémon 747s, the 787 Dreamliners, the retro livery, Star Alliance livery and even more.

Just imagine if Southwest Airlines tried something like this. There'd be an Orca whale landing, followed by the state of Florida, followed by Bar Refaeli in a bikini (wait, is that plane still flying?).

Anyway, awesome job, ANA. Same time, same place next year?

[Photo: ANA's Facebook]

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2012 is Totally Japan's Year...for Aviation

Where: Japan
January 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

2011 wasn't a banner year for Japan, not to mention for any industry in the country. We saw the ripple effects of natural disasters throughout the aviation world with the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami topping the list. What can be more indicative of Japanese pride, but to quickly rebuild stronger and better? Fortunately for us, airlines are towards the top of the progress.

· Peachy Keen
Last year we talked about the introduction of ANA's budget carrier based out of Osaka, Peach. With only 3 destinations, the airline will draw business passengers, eventually moving into the leisure market. Flights are taking off in March and tickets are already to purchase.

Happy Peach Fares have no baggage allowance or advanced seat selection but are quite affordable at around $175 return to Sapporo. If you need the sweet little perks, cough up about $75 more. Happy Peach Plus fares allow you to pick where you park yourself on the plane and some space in the belly for your luggage. With a bright purple livery and cabin, Peach is on our short list!

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Got $1,500? Then You've Got the First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Long-Haul Tickets

Where: Japan
October 14, 2011 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the new year comes new beginnings, and though it may still be a little early to think about what you're up to next week let alone January 2012, you better if you want to score a seat on the first international long-haul route of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

ANA, launch airline of the Dreamliner who'll put their first one into regular domestic service as soon as the end of this month, have just released tickets for the 787's Tokyo-Haneda to Frankfurt International route, which will begin flying as NH 203 and NH 204 on Saturday, January 21. It's only a thrice-weekly service, so no flying there and right back to experience it; you've actually got to stay a bit in Germany and have a pretzel or two.

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File Under "OMG OMG": Fly to Tokyo This Summer for $588 TOTAL (or Less) on Delta

Where: Tokyo, Japan
May 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (3)

Sometimes an airfare deal so sweet comes along, that it's almost impossible to resist. And—if you think about the current under-$600 deals on Delta in terms of new shoes (4-ish pairs), iPads (1), or Starbucks coffees (100), it really doesn't seem so bad.

You heard us right—Delta has just dropped prices on their routes to Tokyo, to Haneda Airport in particular, which just happens to have a sparkling new international terminal waiting for you. Try searching any US city to airport code HND, and you'll find fares like $582 from San Francisco, $588 from New York or Chicago and $564 from Los Angeles. These prices are roundtrip, total including taxes, and some are direct and some include stopovers.

Now here's the really awesome part:

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Delta Nixes Tokyo-Haneda Flights Over Growing Nuclear Meltdown Fears

March 17, 2011 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week has been absolutely horrific for Japan, and for the world in general considering that what's happening with the earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear issues impacts everywhere else in some way or another. Really, we don't even have the words to describe how badly the last several days have been, when tragedy gets piled atop fresh tragedy.

In the travel sector, the freshest loss to Japan today has been the withdrawal of Delta's new direct routes from Detroit and Los Angeles to Tokyo-Haneda, the metropolis' smaller international airport, which only inaugurated a shiny new international terminal in October 2010. The flights have stopped for now, and are not schedule to resume until May 31 from Detroit, and June 2 from Los Angeles at the earliest.

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Japan's Nuclear Emergencies Freak Out Germany, Divert Lufthansa Flights

March 15, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

In Japan over the last few days, there's been a massive earthquake, tragic tsunamis and even a volcanic explosion, but the news gripping the world is that of their ongoing emergencies at several nuclear plants. Note the word "ongoing," as the other three big events happened and are done with.

It was reported very early this morning that Lufthansa isn't taking the nuclear crisis and release of radioactivity into the atmosphere sitting down (or rather, flying high as normal). The German airline has begun scanning their planes out of Japan for radioactivity, and though nothing above a normal level has been found, Lufthansa is taking precautions by removing the Airbus A380 from Tokyo routes and putting most Lufthansa flight crew up in South Korea rather than Japan.

In addition, the two daily Tokyo-bound Lufthansa flights from Germany will be diverted to other Japanese airports through this upcoming Sunday. Specifically, Lufthansa Flight 714 from Munich will head to Nagoya and Lufthansa Flight 710 from Frankfurt will land at Osaka-Kansai.

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Japan's 8.9 Earthquake Causes Tsunamis and Destruction, Airport and Train Closures

Where: Japan
March 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last night, or after lunch if you were in Tokyo, a massive 8.9 earthquake hit off the western coast of Japan, causing a rolling of the earth felt though many cities, including Tokyo. The event also produced tsunami waves, which have caused immense destruction in Japan and are currently hitting Hawaii, though no damage has been reported there.

We've glued to our computer, watching tsunami videos as helicopters filmed it live. Watch them here and take a moment to reflect on the fragility of this Earth. We also bet you're on information overload, as are we, so here's what you need to know, straight from the news:

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Can You Believe This is an Airport Toilet?

February 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Airport bathrooms are—as Larry Craig could tell you—not exactly the most sanitary or safe places. The exception to this is, of course, spick and span Japan, especially with their newly opened international terminal at Tokyo-Haneda Airport. We had the opportunity to swing by the opening festivities a couple months ago while we were in Tokyo (see all those fun stories here), and aside from the old Tokyo mini-amusement park and other curiosities of the terminal, we were really taken by the attention to detail on everything else...including the public toilets.

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In the Battle for Tokyo's Haneda Airport, Who's Got the Cheapest Flight for Spring?

Where: Tokyo, Japan
January 27, 2011 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a war brewing. Or really, it's already begun if you search for spring flights between the US and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, which just recently opened its state-of-the-art international terminal (see all our awesome coverage of that here). Many airlines are lining up their flights to try out the new digs, and, as a result, are trying to get travelers just as psyched by offering sale airfares and double (or even triple) frequent flyer mile bonuses for flying the new routes.

So who's got the cheapest flights to HND this spring? Right now, that winner is Delta, but only by a hair. The cheapest TOTAL price for New York to Haneda (flying from Newark) is $872, flying on weekdays with one connection in Detroit. According to our friend The Points Guy, Delta will double your SkyMiles on this route, or triple them if you fly Business from February 19 to May 31. Not bad! But there's more...

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Inside Tokyo-Haneda's New International Terminal, Part 5: Our Outtakes

Where: Tokyo-Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan
October 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

It just so happens that Tokyo's Haneda Airport—a smaller, far more convenient airport than Narita that previously focused on domestic flights—opened their funky new International Terminal the same week we're in Tokyo. Thanks to ANA getting us security clearance, we'll be bringing you a 5-part series for complete inside looks at everything from the Monorail to the ultra-exclusive airside lounges.

Today, Part 5: Our outtakes and assorted terminal fun.

There's just something so delicious about a really foreign airport, and for an American traveler, Tokyo's Narita and Haneda are something like the promised land. Thus, you can imagine how many hundreds of photos we took, most of which will sadly be relegated to Flickr. However, we've shared the best with you already, through the first four stories in this series (check those out here), and now with several of these outtakes, each which deserves its own story really, but we can only take so much Haneda in one week.

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Inside Tokyo-Haneda's New International Terminal, Part 4: The Public Pay Lounge

Where: Tokyo-Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan
October 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

It just so happens that Tokyo's Haneda Airport—a smaller, far more convenient airport than Narita that previously focused on domestic flights—opened their funky new International Terminal the same week we're in Tokyo. Thanks to ANA getting us security clearance, we'll be bringing you a 5-part series for complete inside looks at everything from the Monorail to the ultra-exclusive airside lounges.

Today, Part 4: Inside the pay Sky Lounge for all passengers

Don't you just hate it when you're looking at a super long flight you paid quite a bit of money for, but you can't use any of the cool airline lounges because you're flying economy? Well, more airports are getting wise to travelers like that, and introducing pay lounges, available to all travelers for a small fee. Most will go with a $25 or $50 flat rate, but the new Sky Lounge at Tokyo's Haneda Airport International Terminal is far better, newer and cheaper, at only $12.25.

For that $12.25 per adult ($6.15 for children between 4-12 and free for younger that that), you get to chill in the modern space and help yourself to a limited selection of beverages and snacks. Internet may not be free, but there are at least computers provided for those who traveling laptop-less. We'd say skip the internet and instead opt to pay another $12.25 for 30-minutes use of a private shower stall, which can make all the comfort difference before or after an international flight.

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Inside Tokyo-Haneda's New International Terminal, Part 3: The ANA Star Alliance Lounge

Where: Tokyo-Haneda International Airport, Tokyo, Japan
October 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

It just so happens that Tokyo's Haneda Airport—a smaller, far more convenient airport than Narita that previously focused on domestic flights—opened their funky new International Terminal the same week we're in Tokyo. Thanks to ANA getting us security clearance, we'll be bringing you a 5-part series for complete inside looks at everything from the Monorail to the ultra-exclusive airside lounges.

Today, Part 3: Inside the slick ANA/Star Alliance Business and First Class lounges.

There's only ten gates at Tokyo-Haneda's new international terminal, but for the lucky passengers catching flights out of them, something like an airport wonderland awaits. We are not kidding. The new terminal makes us want to live in an airport, but more specifically, inside ANA's First and Business Class lounges.

Up an escalator sits the promised land, and after entering, business class passengers go left while first class goes right; each side offers comforts and amenities respective to the luxury level of the ticket. Flyers with status on other Star Alliance carriers are also welcome; in Asia, that means Singapore Airlines, Asiana, Air China, Thai and Shanghai Airlines. In the US, it includes United, US Airways and Continental.

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