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One Airline Wants to Track Their Gate Agents' Every Move

Where: Japan
July 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comment (1)

We have been there and you probably have been too, as there’s that situation when it’s time to go and you can’t find the gate agent. Well one airline wants to ensure it’s aware of the gate agents’ location at all times, as they’re hooking them up to a little bit of a tracking device.

Japan Airlines is teaming up with Nomura Research Institute to show off what they can do with an iBeacon and a smart watch. The test run is already underway, as they’re trying things out over at Tokyo-Haneda within Domestic Terminal 1.

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Where to Find (and Fly) the Very Last Airplane Painted with Pokémon

Where: Japan
May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a 'Hello Kitty' world now.

As Taiwan's EVA Air continues to promote their fleet of six Hello Kitty jets (5 A330s, 1 777) and Japan Airlines gets in on the action with one Kitty-fied 777, ANA is slowly saying fond farewells to their once robust fleet of Pokémon planes.

The idea to paint up an aircraft in Pikachu and other characters goes all the way back to 1992, with a contest ANA hosted to welcome children's drawings as design concepts. No plane was painted with Pokémon until 1998, however; the first was a 747 on domestic routes, which flew for 17 years before heading into retirement.

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What's the Shortest Route Flown by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

May 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, the Dreamliner, Boeing's most advanced commercial aircraft and the darling of aviation geeks. As of today, 17 airlines operate some sort of regular service with the airplane, and the upcoming release of the 787-9 with improved range will increase destination options.

Although most of the airlines put their 787s on long routes, there are some exceptions; one airline in particular takes the top prize for the shortest regular 787 route. The launch customer, Japanese airline ANA, flies the Dreamliner between Tokyo-Haneda and Toyama, a scheduled flight of approximately 40-60 minutes from take-off to landing.

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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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