Japan Airlines bags 2018 J-Win Diversity Award

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The J-Win Diversity Award honors Japanese corporations that are actively promoting diversity.
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(From Japan Airlines)

TOKYO — The president of Japan Airlines, Yoshiharu Ueki, was selected today as the winner of the Executive Management Award during the J-Win Diversity Award 2018 ceremony, sponsored by the Japan Women’s Innovation Network (NPO Corporation J-Win).

This will be the second J-Win Diversity Award the company has received since being presented the Basic Achievement Award in 2017.

The J-Win Diversity Award honors Japanese corporations that are actively promoting diversity and inclusion and will be the eleventh year of the award since its inception in 2008.

The Executive Management Award is presented to top executives who have shown exceptional leadership skills in promoting diversity and inclusion in their respective workplace. (Full Story Here)

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Delta monitors winter weather systems

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A snow-covered park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during winter.
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(From Delta Air Lines)

Delta is tracking a weather system moving through the Northeast that may affect operations through the weekend, according to the airline’s team of meteorologists.

Heavy rain is expected to begin in the Washington, D.C., area Thursday morning, forecasted to move to the New York City area by 6 p.m. ET.

Winds, gusty at times, will be the biggest factor for New York area airports, which is expected to strengthen Thursday evening and overnight.

A winter weather waiver has been issued for cities including Boston; Hartford; New York-JFK; New York-LGA; Newark; Newburgh, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Providence, R.I.; and White Plains, N.Y., to allow customers to make a one-time change to their travel plans without incurring a fee. (Full Story Here)

American, Qantas move to form joint business

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(From American Airlines)

American Airlines and Qantas have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking approval to form a joint business to better serve customers flying between North America and Australia and New Zealand.

The proposed joint business will significantly improve service, stimulate demand and unlock more than $300 million annually in consumer benefits that are not achievable through any other form of cooperation, including:

– Up to $221 million in value from expanding codesharing between American and Qantas – opening more connections to more destinations.

– Up to $89 million in value by offering a wider range of fare classes across each other’s networks, including lower fares and discounts.

The joint business will also give American and Qantas the opportunity to launch additional routes between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand, including new flights to city pairs currently not served by either carrier.

An expanded relationship will encourage significant improvements in the overall customer experience, including additional frequent flyer benefits and investments in lounges, baggage systems and other infrastructure designed to better serve the carriers’ joint customers.

All these benefits will stimulate significant demand for new travel – generating up to 180,000 new trips between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand every year. (Full Story Here)

Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, Airtel form Seamless Air Alliance

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The alliance will enable airlines to empower passengers with seamless in-cabin connectivity experience.
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(From Delta Air Lines)

Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) announce the formation of the Seamless Air Alliance – which will usher in a new era of innovation for airlines on all routes.

By empowering member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, the Seamless Air Alliance will allow them to continuously provide their customers – via satellite technology – with the same high-speed, low-latency connectivity from ground to air and back again.

It will also significantly reduce costs for everyone involved while creating a smooth, positive user experience.

The alliance – which aims to attract additional industry operators beyond the five initial members – will eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation and operation of data access infrastructure by streamlining system integration and certification, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing.

“What if the best internet you ever experienced was in the air? Keeping this goal in mind, together, we will enable an affordable and frictionless experience for passengers everywhere,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb. (Full Story Here)

Air Canada bares pricing of private offering

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(From Air Canada)

MONTRÉAL — Air Canada announced today the pricing of a private offering of two tranches of enhanced equipment trust certificates (the “Certificates”) denominated in Canadian dollars.

The two tranches of Certificates, which have been rated, have a combined aggregate face amount of approximately $301 million and a weighted average interest rate of 3.76 percent.

The private offering is comprised of Class A certificates and Class B certificates. The Class A certificates will have an interest rate of 3.67 percent per annum and the Class B certificates will have an interest rate of 4.19 percent per annum.

“This Canadian dollar private offering of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates has terms and conditions comparable to our U.S. dollar 2017-1 Series EETC transaction,” said Michael Rousseau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

“Our ability to conclude an EETC transaction in Canadian dollars is an important development for us as it represents new opportunities for future aircraft financings and contributes to lowering the overall cost of debt and risk profile of the company.” (Full Story Here)

Aeroflot starts ticket sales for Naples and Verona flights

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An Aeroflot-Russian Airlines Boeing 777-3M0/ER lands at Sheremetyevo Airport.
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(From Aeroflot)

Moscow — Aeroflot has released tickets for flights to Naples and Verona. Regular flights on both routes are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2018.

Italy has traditionally been one of Aeroflot’s most popular destinations. Direct links with Verona and Naples will bring passengers closer to the Italian cultural and artistic heritage.

Verona will be especially popular with admirers of William Shakespeare – it was in this very city that the action of Romeo and Juliet unfolds, and travelers can visit Juliet’s House, where the heroine of the tragedy lived with her family.

Naples is the third largest city in Italy, famous for its Baroque architecture and unique museum collections.

Passengers traveling with Aeroflot have access to the extensive network of Sky Team alliance flights, as well as convenient connections to airports around the world. (Full Story Here)

Delta, Aeromexico launching new Detroit-Leon route

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The opening of this route reflects the commitment of the Aeromexico-Delta alliance.
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(From Delta Air Lines)

Delta Air Lines and its partner Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, will launch new nonstop service between Detroit and Leon, Mexico, beginning April 30.

The state of Guanajuato, where Leon is situated, is known for its significant industrial activity, with strong automotive, leather and footwear, agroindustry, tourism, and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.

Detroit, the Motor City, is the center of the U.S. automobile industry and home of leading auto companies.

This new route creates an important economic bridge between the dynamic industrial centers of the two cities and connects customers to an expansive network of destinations via Delta’s Detroit hub.

Service on this new route will be operated by Aeromexico using Embraer 190 aircraft with 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Clase Premier—Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin—with the following schedules: (Full Story Here)

Singapore Airlines’ new 787-10s to serve Perth in Australia

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(From Singapore Airlines)

SINGAPORE — Perth, Australia will become the second scheduled destination to be served by Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 787-10 fleet.

Flights are expected to commence in May 2018, subject to regulatory approvals, initially on one of the Airline’s four daily flights between Singapore and Perth.

The 787-10s will feature Singapore Airlines’ new regional cabin products and will seat 337 customers in two classes, with 36 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats.

Prior to the launch of services to Perth, the 787-10s will be operated on selected flights to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes, before the first scheduled service to Osaka in May 2018.

The first aircraft in Singapore Airlines’ livery completed its flight testing at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina production facility on 9 February 2018.

Singapore Airlines will be the world’s first airline to operate the 787-10 and has 49 firm orders for this aircraft type. The Airline will take delivery of its first 787-10 from Boeing in March 2018. (Full Story Here)

Japan Airlines introduces new amenity kits for int’l First and Business Classes

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Amenity kits are designed by “ETRO” and “Tatsumura Textile” in Kyoto.
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(From Japan Airlines)

TOKYO — Japan Airlines (JAL) will introduce new amenity kits for customers in international First Class and long-haul Business Class from late-February 2018.

The kits designed by ETRO will be featured in First Class for flights departing and arriving in Japan, as well as in Business Class on flights departing from Japan.

ETRO is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be the world`s first airline amenity kit produced by the Italian luxury brand company.

The Business Class amenity kit featured on flights to Japan was designed by Tatsumura Textile, a famous manufacturer in Kyoto making key contributions to the development of modern textile in Japan.

The outer surface of the pouch is made with an original fabric woven with a traditional Kikko pattern and ornamented with an elegant Setsugekka textile design with JAL’s tsuru (crane) motif. The color of the fabric will change every three months to depict the four seasons in Japan (Spring – Blue / Summer – Red / Autumn – White / Winter – Black).

This kit embodies JAL’s brand values of “Tradition, Innovation, Spirit of Japan” to evoke feelings for the cultural characteristics of Japan. (Full Story Here)

JAL’s Melbourne to Tokyo Flights to carry The Tree of Senbazuru Campaign

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Japan Airlines’ Boeing 777-200 (JA8984) taking off from Osaka International Airport.
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(From Japan Airlines)

To celebrate the launch of daily direct flights on Japan Airlines (JAL) between Melbourne and Tokyo Narita, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and Japan Airlines have teamed up to launch an exciting consumer campaign called ‘The Tree of Senbazuru’ to raise awareness of the new service and grant two lucky winners round trip flights for two from Melbourne to Tokyo.

Senbazuru is the ancient art of folding and stringing together a thousand origami paper cranes.

The Tree of Senbazuru is a special cherry blossom tree of a thousand paper cranes with the power to make one lucky person’s travel wish come true.

The campaign will be held in two phases. During phase 1, The Tree of Senbazuru will be placed at Melbourne Central shopping centre on 24-25 February 2018.

Visitors can pluck an origami paper crane from the cherry blossom tree, visit the online campaign site, and enter their unique code to go into the draw to win return economy class flights for two from Melbourne to Tokyo flying with Japan Airlines.

Visitors to Melbourne Central during the two-day event will be able to see and experience Japan Airlines’ award-winning business class seats and meet cabin attendants.

Other giveaways up for grabs from Japan Airlines include travel pouches, happi coats, uchiwa fans, pens and clear files. (Full Story Here)