Airbus announces Flight Hour Services contract with Japan Airlines

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Airbus confirms the growing success of its Flight Hour Services (FHS) business in Japan with a new contract from soon-to-be A350 XWB operator Japan Airlines (JAL).

Airbus is welcoming JAL into its FHS Components Services programme for its new fleet of 31 A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft.

JAL will become the first Airbus FHS A350 operator in Japan to benefit from the increased operational reliability provided by Airbus FHS, world leader for this service in the A350 market.  The Japanese carrier plans to introduce the highly anticipated A350-900 on its Haneda – Fukuoka route from September. This FHS contract will make JAL’s A350 entry-into-service even smoother on one of Japan’s busiest routes.

Airbus FHS will provide fully integrated component services including spare pool access, on-site-stock replenishment at the main base and components repair.

Through FHS, Airbus offers airlines its extensive and proven expertise in fully integrated maintenance services, and the advantage of its OEM expertise as well as one single interface to manage their whole fleets and associated component support operations.

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About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.


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First Japan Airlines A350 XWB takes shape in final assembly line

Japan Airlines’ first A350-900 in final assembly

Final assembly of the first A350-900 for Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun and is taking shape at the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.  The wing-fuselage junction and the installation of the vertical and horizontal tailplane have been completed.

Initial A350-900 for Japan Airlines in assembly

JAL’s first A350-900 shapes up in the final assembly line in Toulouse, France

After this station, the first JAL A350 XWB will be in the next assembly station for final structural completion – such as the installation of winglets – and ground testing of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems.

JAL placed an order for 31 A350 XWBs (18 A350-900s and 13 A350-1000s) in 2013. It was JAL’s first ever order for Airbus aircraft.

The carrier’s first A350-900 is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year. JAL’s A350 fleet will enter service on major domestic routes starting with its Haneda-Fukuoka route from September and later fly on international routes, replacing older-generation widebody types.

The A350 XWB is an all-new family of mid-size widebody long-haul airliners shaping the future of air travel. It is the world’s most modern widebody family and the long-range leader, ideally positioned in the 300-400 seat category. The A350-900 and the A350-1000, and derivatives, are the longest range airliners in operation, with a range capability of up to 9,700nm. The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel burn and emissions.

The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight product for the most comfortable flying experience.

At the end of January 2019, Airbus has recorded a total of 894 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 48 customers worldwide, making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

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Boeing, Japan Airlines Announce Order for Four 787-8 Dreamliners

SEATTLESept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced an order today for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The order, which was previously listed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer, is valued at more than $900 million at current list prices and will expand JAL’s Dreamliner fleet to 49 airplanes.

“This order for additional 787 Dreamliners, is a key part of our strategy as we look to bolster our existing route network and strengthen our position ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “The superior noise performance of the 787 will play a critical role in meeting our commitment for quieter operations within our domestic network going forward.”

Japan Airlines currently operates the second largest 787 Dreamliner fleet in the world, with 34 airplanes. The carrier is expected to receive its 35th Dreamliner, a 787-9 later this week. With this new order, Japan Airlines’ 787 fleet include 29 787-8s and 20 787-9 airplanes.

“We are honored to partner with Japan Airlines once again as they further expand their world-class fleet with additional 787 Dreamliners,” said Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “JAL has been able to successfully grow its business over the years, while generating healthy profits due to the efficiency and reliability of their 787 fleet.”

Japan Airlines became the first airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 powered by fuel-efficient General Electric GEnx engines in 2012. In addition, JAL was one of the first airlines to launch new routes with the 787, as it launched its Boston and San Diego routes with the Dreamliner that same year.

The 787 Dreamliner family is being operated on more than 530 routes, with 150 brand new nonstop routes planned or in service since the airplane began commercial service in 2011. To date, 69 customers worldwide have placed orders for 1,278 airplanes, making the 787 Dreamliner the fastest selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

About Japan Airlines:
Japan Airlines (JAL) was founded in 1951 and became the first international airline in Japan. A member of the oneworld® alliance, the airline now reaches more than 344 airports in 56 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a modern fleet of more than 227 aircraft. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB), the airline’s loyalty program, has reached over 31 million members worldwide. Awarded one of the most punctual major international airlines, JAL is committed to providing customers with the highest levels of flight safety and supreme quality in every aspect of its service, and aims to become the most preferred airline in the world.

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Japan Airlines extends Boeing parts solutions agreement 10 years

New contracts demonstrate Boeing’s growing parts business

SINGAPORE, September 28, 2016Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today an agreement with Japan Airlines to extend its partnership with the company to provide spare parts solutions for another 10 years.

The renewed Japan Airlines agreement for Boeing’s GoldCare Expendables, formerly Integrated Materials Management (IMM), is an expendable parts service solution that builds on more than a decade of success. The partnership reduces the airline’s operating costs by having Boeing manage a majority of its spare parts inventory, providing items to the airline mechanic as needed. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide the service through 2026.

According to Japan Airlines, Boeing’s exceptional customer support and parts solutions were key factors in the decision to extend the contract.

“Boeing is pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Japan Airlines, helping to improve operating efficiencies through our parts service,” said Rick Anderson, vice president of sales and marketing, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. “Our focus is on providing our customers what they need, before they know they need it. This approach, along with our world-class customer support, is what continues to make Boeing a preferred parts provider across the globe.”

The Japan Airlines order demonstrates the increased flexibility of Boeing’s parts business, which continues to evolve and improve based on customer needs and requirements.

In 2015, Boeing increased inventory by 35,000 parts and lowered prices on 24,000 parts. In addition, Boeing has nearly doubled stocked parts for out-of-production airplanes and is offering emergent-build capabilities for customers who need to find parts for out-of-production fleet types.

Boeing is a leader in providing 24/7 support and service to the global aviation industry. In addition to its expanded parts business, Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services, including retrofits and modifications, subscription-based maintenance programs, engineering support, crew training, route planning, digital crew scheduling, advanced data analytics and software to enhance airlines and leasing company operations.

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+1 (206) 390-7589

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Communications

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Earning Qantas frequent flyer points on flights to China

Through Qantas’ web of codeshare and Oneworld airline partners, it’s incredibly easy for Aussie travellers to earn frequent flyer points when travelling to China, along with status credits in many cases.

Whether you’re visiting Shanghai on business, taking a holiday in Beijing or admiring the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, here’s how you can earn Qantas frequent flyer points along the way.

Non-stop flights to China

1. Qantas: Sydney to Shanghai direct

Qantas flies daily from Sydney to Shanghai with an Airbus A330: offering both economy and business class, with the latter featuring angled lie-flat beds in a 2-2-2 configuration…

… or the airline’s newer Business Suites on refurbished aircraft:

On the return journey, Qantas Frequent Flyer members would net at least 15,600 Qantas Points and 240 status credits in business class and 5,200 Qantas Points and 60 status credits in economy.

Business travellers could also earn their employer Qantas Aquire points on the same flights – atop their own personal frequent flyer haul – bringing in at least 1,560 Aquire Points in economy and at least 6,240 Aquire Points in business class.


2. China Eastern: Australia to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing

Also with business class and economy aboard its A330s is China Eastern, offering non-stop flights to Shanghai from both Melbourne and Sydney and a Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing service for travellers headed to either city.

China Eastern flights with an MU flight number earn Qantas Points but not status credits, with a round-trip Melbourne-Shanghai trek delivering at least 4,982 Qantas Points in economy and 12,456 Qantas Points in business class.

Qantas also codeshares with China Eastern on its Melbourne-Shanghai, Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing and Shanghai-Nanjing services, on which frequent flyers can earn both points and status credits as though they were travelling on an actual Qantas aircraft.

3. China Southern: Australia to Guangzhou

As another partner of Qantas, frequent flyers can earn points and status credits on China Southern flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Guangzhou when booked on a QF flight number, with onward connections to Xiamen, Kunming, Fuzhou and Ürümqi also available by codeshare.

The airline’s A330s offer economy, fully-flat beds in business class – similar to what you’ll find in Air China’s business class cabin

… and a single row of first class at the very front of the aircraft (excludes Brisbane flights), where the well-heeled would earn 20,800 Qantas Points and 360 status credits on a return journey from Sydney:

In business class and economy, it’s the same as Qantas’ own Sydney-Shanghai flights, being at least 15,600 points and 240 status credits in business class and 5,200 points and 60 status credits down the back in economy, although Aquire Points aren’t earned on China Southern flights.


4. Jetstar: Gold Coast (Coolangatta) to Wuhan

Qantas’ low-cost offshoot begins direct Boeing 787 flights to China from later this year with the launch of non-stop services between the Gold Coast and Wuhan – central China’s most populous city.

But not every Jetstar ticket earns frequent flyer points: you’ll need to opt for a Starter Plus, Starter Max or Business Max fare, which are all pricier than the most basic seats in economy and business class, respectively, which earn nothing at all.

Frequent flyers can pocket 7,800 points and 80 status credits on return Starter Plus fares; 10,400 points and 120 status credits on Starter Max tickets and again 15,600 points and 240 status credits in Jetstar business class when booking a Max fare, mirroring the earn on Qantas’ own flights and its codeshares.


One-stop flights to China

1. Cathay Pacific, Dragonair via Hong Kong

Hop aboard Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns – or indeed Qantas’ own services from Australia’s east coast – and then fly onwards to destinations in China with Cathay or its sister airline Dragonair.

Among your one-stop options: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen and Zhengzhou, with Qantas Frequent Flyers picking up both points and status credits on eligible Cathay Pacific, Dragonair and Qantas fares.

On a return trip from Brisbane to Chengdu via Hong Kong, business class travellers would collect 12,904 Qantas Points and 240 status credits when booked via Cathay Pacific (CX) or Dragonair (KA), or a higher 17,716 points and 360 status credits when swapping the Brisbane-Hong Kong leg to a Qantas flight.

But watch out down the back: Cathay Pacific and Dragonair only award Qantas Points on the most expensive economy tickets, so if booking your travel on the Cathay Pacific website, keep an eye out for fares that don’t earn Cathay Pacific Asia Miles – those don’t earn Qantas Points, either.

2. Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur

Serving Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin – and alsoBrisbane until August 9 – from its Kuala Lumpur hub, passengers can connect onwards to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xiamen, earning frequent flyer points on the entire journey.

But don’t expect too many points – like Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines only awards Qantas frequent flyer points (and status credits) on the higher-priced economy tickets, and even then, the earning rate is a mere 0.25 points per mile between Australia and Malaysia, while in business class it’s just 0.75 points per mile.

A return Sydney-Beijing journey via Kuala Lumpur nets 13,028 Qantas Points and 320 status credits in business class, while most points-earning economy fares serve up just 3,430 points and 80 status credits on the same.


3. Japan Airlines via Tokyo

Last but not least, Japan Airlines flies daily from Sydney to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, with onward connections available to both Beijing and Shanghai after visiting one of JAL’s flagship lounges.

Pointy end passengers can reel in at least 8,412 Qantas Points and 240 status credits round-trip, while in economy it’s at least 3,606 points and 60 status credits for the same.

That’s of course on the least-costly business class and economy fares – buy a more expensive ticket and your points haul will likewise increase.


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Japan Airlines adds inflight Wi-Fi to Sydney-Tokyo Boeing 777s

Japan Airlines will power up its inflight Internet between Tokyo and Sydney this evening, with passengers able to send emails, surf the Web and stay connected to the office throughout the flight.

A feature of the airline’s newer Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, business travellers also pick up fully-flat beds in its Sky Suite business class with direct aisle access for every passenger.

On either JL772 from Sydney to Narita or JL771 on the return, it’s only US$18.80 to remain connected throughout the flight, or US$10.15 for a single hour of access.

That said, you won’t be able to browse while the aircraft is flying over Australia, so we’d expect the service to be considerably more popular on the daytime flight out of Sydney that gives much more working time, rather than the overnight service home when travellers will likely awake after the connection has been disabled.

JAL joins a number of international airlines offering inflight Internet on flights to Australia, including Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Emirates – which recently kicked off free access for all passengers.

On the domestic front, we could see inflight Internet by this time next year, with NBN Co in talks with both Qantas and Virgin Australia over a high-speed, satellite-fed connection.


Source : Australian Business Traveller

Photos: Japan Airlines’ revamped Sakura Lounges at Tokyo Haneda

Photos: Japan Airlines' revamped Sakura Lounges at Tokyo Haneda

Qantas partner Japan Airlines will open its revamped Sakura Lounges at Haneda Airport’s International Terminal this weekend

Both the main Sakura Lounge and the satellite Sky View lounge will open their doors on Sunday March 30, with the upgraded JAL First Class Lounge to follow at the end of August.

JAL says the lounge redesign is based on the concept of “modern Japanese style” with elements such as latticework and sakura cherry blossom motifs.

Situated at the centre of Haneda’s international terminal and split across two floors, the Sakura Lounge has room for 314 passengers.

The entrance and dining room are on the fourth floor, while the fifth floor provides views of the runway and through to downtown Tokyo.

JAL has set aside a ‘business corner’ for travellers wanting some privacy while they work plus a ‘priority corner’ reserved for passengers who would be eligible to use the JAL First Class Lounge before the revamped first lounge opens.

The Sky View Lounge, located on the fifth floor in the newly expanded area of the international terminal, has 271 seats and also provides a view across the domestic terminal and downtown Tokyo from its ‘sky hill’ section.

Behind the drinks bar sits a representation of the world map created by Japanese calligrapher Souun Takeda.

Latticework helps subtly divide the Sky View lounge into discrete zones.

Both lounges boast more showers and a new ‘multi-function restroom’ with locker area and nursing room, while the ladies’ restroom includes a ‘make-up corner’.

Source : Australian Business Traveller