Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon) according to the The Korea Herald is planning to launch a second budget airline, tentatively named “Seoul Air”. The new entity would take over the short, less profitable international routes the main carrier now flies with narrow body aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Busan is 46 percent owned by Asiana. Air Busan operates only from the city of Busan. Air Busan Airbus A321-231 HL7723 (msn 2045) arrives in Tokyo (Narita).
Japan Airlines-JAL (Tokyo) has been introducing its in-flight Wi-Fi service since July 2012 with its Boeing 777-300 ERs. The airline will start to include Boeing 767-300 ERs and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to introducing its JAL SKY Wi-Fi service on more Europe, North America and long-haul Asia routes from March 3, 2015.
Under the theme of “Embrace new Challenges,” JAL is striving to introduce more innovative products and services to its customers.
From March 2015, JAL SKY Wi-Fi, in-flight internet service (paid service) will be expanded on both international and domestic routes. JAL will support onboard passengers to have seamless connectivity in the air just as they can on the ground.
Starting April 2015, JAL will provide customers with the latest Hollywood and Japanese movies and series of TV dramas on international routes. Well-received SKY MANGA will be available on the airline’s Boeing 787s in both Japanese and English in order to introducing the culture of Japanese manga.
On JAL domestic routes, Wi-Fi video service will be increased to 10 programs, and these free programs are available for watching through your own wireless LAN capable devices.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-346 ER JA608J (msn 33497) approaches the runway at the Tokyo (Narita) hub.
ANA (All Nippon Airways) today (February 23) submitted a bid to sponsor the reorganization of Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda). Today was the deadline set by Skymark’s financial adviser for any airline companies to submit any proposals to rescue the troubled airline according to ZipanguFlyer. In essence, ANA wants to reorganize Skymark as a feeder for ANA. A competing previous bid by AirAsia (Kuala Lumpur) would keep Skymark independent and would allow it grow its presence in Japan. Which way will Skymark and the court go?
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Skymark Airlines will reorganize around the Boeing 737. Boeing 737-86N JA737R (msn 35630) approaches the runway at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.
Peach Aviation (Osaka-Kansai) has designated Tokyo (Narita) as its third hub after Osaka (Kansai) and Okinawa (Naha) according to ZipanguFlyer. The carrier will launch two new routes from Narita to Fukuoka and Sapporo (New Chitose) on March 29.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced it will start Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service three days a week to Tokyo (Narita) starting on April 20 in codeshare partnership with fellow Star Alliance member, ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo).
The new route will be operated through Hong Kong.
In other news, Ethiopian Airlines and Air India (Delhi) have expanded their codeshare coverage.
Ethiopian operates daily flights to both Mumbai and Delhi. The two Star Alliance member carriers, which have already a codeshare in place for the Mumbai and Delhi routes, have expanded their agreement to include African points on Ethiopian operated network thru its main hub in Addis Ababa, such as Kigali, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Nairobi, and on Air India’s domestic routes beyond Mumbai and Delhi with the inclusion of Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.
Ethiopian is planning to significantly scale-up its footprint in the Indian market with the start of double-daily flights and the opening of a new route in Southern India in 2015.
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 84 international destinations across five continents with over 200 daily flights and using the latest technology aircraft such as the Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOS (msn 34747) taxies at London (Heathrow).
ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) has announced it will launch a new route from Tokyo (Narita) to Houston (Bush Intercontinental) starting on June 12, 2015 with Boeing 777-300 ERs.
ANA will also increase the number of flights from Tokyo to Singapore and Bangkok by introducing twice daily services from Narita to these two cities in addition to the existing double daily service from Haneda Airport. Flights from Singapore and Bangkok arriving in Narita early morning will increase the number of North American cities that can be connected and will, together with the evening flight, greatly increase the convenience of Asia-North America connections at Narita.
Houston will be ANA’s tenth destination in North America.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-381 ER JA786A (msn 37948) with the special “Forward as one Japan” markings arrives at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.