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    ✈ | ANA offers weddings on plane grounded by prolon…

    Major Japanese airline All Nippon Airways Co. has been offering couples the chance to tie the knot in ceremonies aboard an aircraft it has been forced to ground as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hit international travel. The service, launched in late May, will be available Until June 13 on the B-777 large passenger jet at Tokyo's Haneda airport. The company said that seven couples in all will have wedding ceremonies on board and it has finished accepting reservations. During the onboard ceremony, the aircraft provides live music, an inflight announcement by cabin crew to congratulate the…

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    ✈ | URGENT: JAL reports 1st net loss since 2012 rel…

    Japan Airlines Co. on Friday reported a net loss of 286.69 billion yen ($ 2.6 billion) for the business year through March as the coronavirus pandemic depressed travel demand, causing the company to log its first red ink since relisting in 2012 following rehabilitation. JAL, JAL logged a loss of 19 billion yen before interest and taxes as sales plunged 398.31 percent from which has been undergoing cost-cutting to ride out the COVID-65.3 crisis, did not disclose earnings forecasts for the current year through next March, citing uncertainty. the year before to 481.23 billion yen in the year throu…

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    ✈ | ANA eyes FY 2050 to bring CO2 emissions to net…

    ANA Holdings Inc. said Monday it has set a goal of bringing carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by fiscal 2050 by increasing the use of fuels derived from waste oil and other non-fossil sources and flying fuel-efficient aircraft. The new plan by ANA , the parent of All Nippon Airways Co., is a step up from the aircraft's previous target of halving CO2 emissions from fiscal 2005 levels by fiscal 2050, putting the firm on par with Japan Airlines Co., which is also aiming for net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. The airline industry is being pressed to reduce aircraft CO2 emissions, which are greater t…

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    ✈ | JAL projects smaller net loss for FY 2020 on co…

    Japan Airlines Co. on Monday narrowed down its net loss for the fiscal year that ended in March, saying it now expects a net loss of 287 billion yen ($ 2.7 billion) against an earlier estimate of 300 billion yen helped by cost-cutting efforts. JAL, even as it continues to struggle with its core passenger operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, attributed its smaller net loss to curbs in fuel and other costs due to a decrease in flights amid the virus outbreak, as well as to reduced labor costs. JAL also raised its forecast for sales from 460 billion yen to 481 billion yen in the reporting y…

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    ✈ | JAL to make Chinese LCC Spring Airlines Japan u…

    Japan Airlines Co. is planning to make a unit of Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Co. a subsidiary to meet an expected recovery in tourism demand after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday. JAL, which currently has about a 5 percent stake in Spring Airlines Japan Co., will invest an additional several billion yen possibly in June to increase its stake to 51 percent or more, the sources said. The major Japanese airline is eager to cash in on the projected return of Chinese tourists to Japan following the end of the pandemic. The company is expe…

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    ✈ | ANA to use plastic-free meal trays on int'l fli…

    All Nippon Airways Co. has said it will replace plastic trays for economy class meals on international flights with items made from an eco-friendly material from August in a bid to improve sustainability. ANA said it will be the first airline in Japan to introduce meal trays made from biodegradable materials, and expects the replacement to cut its plastic waste by 317 tons a year, equivalent to 30 percent of the total plastic it disposed of in the business year to March 2020. “Restrictions on plastic use have been strengthening mainly in Europe, and we want to accelerate our preparations by ta…

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    ✈ | JAL eyes use of alternative fuels for all domes…

    Japan Airlines Co. will replace jet fuel with alternative energy sources for all domestic flights from 2040 under its plan to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The major Japanese airline, which is drawing up a concrete road map to That end, is also seeking to use hydrogen derived from renewable energy sources as fuel to fly small aircraft from 2035, the sources said. The alternative energy sources under consideration are fuel derived from waste plastic as well as one made from waste oil and household garbage . By 2030, JAL is aiming to make sure su…

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    ✈ | JAL to let flight attendants choose fewer work…

    Japan Airlines Co. plans to let its flight attendants aged 50 or older choose fewer working hours with salary cuts from fiscal 2021 starting next month, amid weak travel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, company sources said Tuesday. The airline will cut both working hours. and pay for flight attendants either by 20 percent or 40 percent depending on the option they choose, without asking them to specify the reason for enrolling, according to the sources. JAL has already transmitted the plan to its labor unions, they said, adding the 40-percent cut will be available only for one year in fisc…

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    ✈ | ANA plans to cut workforce 20% over 5 yrs to su…

    ANA Holdings Inc. plans to reduce its workforce in the aviation business by roughly 20 percent over the next five years through natural attrition to cut costs and cope with the COVID-19 crisis that has depressed travel demand, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The plan is the latest effort by the major Japanese airline to meet a goal of slashing costs by 30,000…

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    ✈ | URGENT: JAL expects net loss of 300 bil. Yen in…

    Japan Airlines Co. said Monday it has revised down its net loss outlook for fiscal 2020 to 300 billion yen ($ 2.86 billion) from the previous forecast of between 240 billion yen and 270 billion yen due to falling air travel demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. major airline said it posted a net loss of 212.72 billion yen in the April-December period, on sales of 356.55 billion yen, down from 1.11 trillion yen a year earlier.

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    📱 | Google threatens to remove search engine in Aus…

    Internet giant Google said Friday it will remove its search engine in Australia if the government's proposal to require large internet companies to pay local news providers for their content becomes law. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison immediately hit back at the company owned by Alphabet Inc., saying, “We don't respond to threats.” Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva told a Senate hearing that the proposed law, which would also force social media giant Facebook Inc. to pay for content, would “set an untenable precedent” for the business. “If this version of the (media bar gai…

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    ✈ | ANA to use more small jets for FY 2021 domestic…

    All Nippon Airways Co. said Tuesday it will further reduce domestic operational costs in the next business year starting April by reviewing its fleet management, drastically cutting its use of large jets and relying more on smaller ones. Under its domestic operations plan for the new business year, the airline known as ANA will also suspend some services, including between Narita airport east of Tokyo and Osaka, due largely to reduced demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company said. Compared with its initial domestic flight plan for the current business year, released in January 2020, t…

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    ✈ | ANA to raise $ 3.2 billion in public offering to…

    ANA Holdings Inc. said Friday it will raise up to 332.13 billion yen ($ 3.2 billion) by issuing new shares to bolster its financial base to weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and buy new aircraft.ANA, the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. ., plans to use the proceeds from the offering of up to 140 million shares to purchase wide-body Boeing 787 jets as well as to repay debt. The latest fundraising plan follows 400 billion yen that the company has already secured in subordinated loans from major Japanese banks.The financial standing of ANA is seen as relatively stable compared with…

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    ✈ | JAL test-flies drone to carry relief goods in m…

    Japan Airlines Co. on Wednesday flew a drone carrying emergency relief goods within a city in a mountainous area of ​​western Japan as part of tests aimed at operationalizing logistics services using unmanned aircraft, although the flight was cut short due to adverse winds.During the test flight opened to the media, a fixed-wing drone that can fly at up to 30 kilometers per hour departed from a park in Yabu, Hyogo Prefecture. The drone had been scheduled to deliver the goods, including medicines, to a clinic around 5 km away, but was grounded due to safety concerns as the wind blew from a differe…

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    ✈ | JAL to raise 167.9 bil. Yen through public of fe…

    Japan Airlines Co. said Friday it will raise 167.9 billion yen ($ 1.62 billion) through a public offering in an attempt to beef up its finances amid a gloomy business outlook due to the coronavirus pandemic.Out of the total, JAL plans to allocate 80 billion yen to investments in projects such as carbon dioxide reduction and 15 billion yen to structural reforms.As the pandemic sharply reduced demand for air travel, in particular international flights, the major Japanese carrier expects to post a net loss of between 240 billion yen and 270 billion yen in the current business year through March, i…

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    ✈ | URGENT: JAL to post net loss of up to 270 bil.…

    Japan Airlines Co. said Friday it expects to post a net loss of between 240 billion yen ($ 2.3 billion) and 270 billion yen in the current business year through March, the first red ink since its relisting in 2012, as the novel coronavirus pandemic sharply reduced demand for air travel.The airline said it logged a net loss of 161.23 billion yen and an operating loss of 223.97 billion yen in the first half of fiscal 2020, on sales of 194.79 billion yen, down 74.0 percent from a year earlier.

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    ✈ | FOCUS: ANA faces strong headwinds as pandemic p…

    The global coronavirus pandemic may not do much to change the long-standing, deep-rooted rivalry between Japan's two major airlines, but it is forcing ANA Holdings Inc. to take a pause in its expansion strategy amid the specter of further financial strains.With a record net loss of 510 billion yen ($ 4.8 billion) projected for the current business year through March, ANA's struggles are raising the need to further streamline its international operations — an area in which the airline has been scrambling to obtain an edge over rival Japan Airlines Co. ”My biggest worry is ANA will repeat the mis…

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    ✈ | CORRECTED: URGENT: ANA expects record net loss…

    ANA Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it is expecting a record net loss of 510 billion yen ($ 4.9 billion) in the current business year through March, taking a severe hit from depressed air travel demand amid the global coronavirus pandemic.In the six months through September , ANA, the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co., logged a net loss of 188.48 billion yen as total revenue sank 72.4 percent from a year earlier to 291.83 billion yen. It reported an operating loss of 280.95 billion yen.ANA said it will take out 400 billion yen in subordinated loans from major Japanese banks.

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    ✈ | URGENT: ANA expects record net loss of 510 bil….

    ANA Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it is expecting a record net loss of 510 billion yen ($ 4.9 billion) in the current business year through March, taking a severe hit from depressed air travel demand amid the global coronavirus pandemic.In the nine months through September , ANA, the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co., logged a net loss of 188.48 billion yen as total revenue sank 72.4 percent from a year earlier to 291.83 billion yen. It reported an operating loss of 280.95 billion yen.ANA said it will take out 400 billion yen in subordinated loans from major Japanese banks.

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    ✈ | URGENT: ANA to halve its 60 wide-body jets due…

    ANA Holdings Inc. will retire half of about 60 wide-body jets it owns, including those on lease, due to falling demand for international flights resulting from the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, company sources said Wednesday.As part of cost-cutting efforts , the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. has decided to reduce the number of large airliners as they are less fuel efficient and require more spending on maintenance compared with smaller aircraft.

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    ✈ | URGENT: Pandemic-hit ANA expects record net los…

    ANA Holdings Inc. is expecting to book a record group net loss of around 530 billion yen ($ 5 billion) for the business year through next March as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand for air travel, company sources said Wednesday.The parent of All Nippon Airways Co. has judged that demand particularly for international flights will not recover soon due to the pandemic, the sources said.

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    👍 | Japanese municipalities to live-stream tourist…

    The Japanese government's tourism promotion arm will introduce regional sightseeing spots to would-be travelers by live-streaming them on Facebook, starting this month, in preparation for the day when the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end. The Singapore offices of the Japan National Tourism Organization and two prefectures, Shizuoka and Okinawa, jointly announced Monday the launch of the “Fun from Home” project calling for live-streaming on Facebook.The publicity blitz is targeted at more than three million followers of official Facebook pages operated by the Asia- Pacific offices of the orga…

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    ✈ | Virus-hit ANA to acquire 400 bil. Yen in loans…

    The parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. plans to acquire 400 billion yen ($ 3.8 billion) in loans from five Japanese banks as the airline operator's earnings have sharply deteriorated under the novel coronavirus, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. Four major commercial banks and the government-backed Development Bank of Japan are expected to extend the capital to ANA Holdings Inc. through subordinated loans, the sources said.Under the plan, the DBJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will extend 130 billion yen each in subordinated loans, which rank after other debts but carry higher…

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    ✈ | ANA resumes flights to Hawaii from Japan after…

    All Nippon Airways Co. resumed on Monday some flights from Japan to Hawaii, six months after suspending services to one of the most popular overseas resort areas among Japanese due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Japanese airline will operate two round-trips using a Boeing 787 passenger jet on Monday and Oct. 19 between Narita, east of Tokyo, and Honolulu mainly targeting people who travel for business and study in the islands. However, the services between the two destinations are set to remain suspended on other days.ANA has gradually resumed international flights but still cut nearly 9…

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    ✈ | JAL, ANA to resume some China flights as virus…

    All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. said Thursday they will soon resume some of the flights to China that they suspended after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The moves come as Chinese authorities eased restrictions on flights, the two carriers said. virus was initially detected in China late last year before spreading worldwide.Currently, the two Japanese carriers have been only allowed to serve one route each for trips to and from mainland China. ANA operates between Narita near Tokyo and Shanghai, and JAL between Narita and Dalian.In resuming operations, ANA will add…

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    ✈ | URGENT: ANA to resume flights to Hawaii in Oct….

    All Nippon Airways Co. will resume flights from Japan to Hawaii in October after suspending its service to the popular US destination about six months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the plan said Monday.The Japanese carrier has decided to operate two round trips in the month between Narita, east of Tokyo, and Honolulu, mainly targeting people who wish to travel for business or to study abroad, the sources said.

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    👍 | Facebook threatens to ban news publication on A…

    Social media giant Facebook Inc. on Tuesday threatened to stop Australian media outlets and individuals from sharing news stories on its platforms in response to a proposed law that would require it to compensate news companies for their stories.In July, the Australian government announced a draft Facebook Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Will Easton said in a statement if the proposed of the News Media Bargaining Code, which was designed to “level the playing field” for Australian media outlets by making companies like Facebook and Google LLC pay for news content. code were to be com…

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    ✈ | JAL tests new contactless tech for check-in to…

    Japan Airlines Co. has recently introduced self service check-in machines equipped with motion sensors, which enable customers to complete procedures without touching the screen, to help prevent coronavirus infection.Through the use of infrared technology, which captures finger motion, customers are able to make their selections by holding their finger 3 centimeters away from the screen. Two touchless kiosks are available at Tokyo's Haneda airport Terminal 1 during the trial period through Sept. 15, JAL said.The device allows users to scroll through texts and press digital buttons by simply mo…

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    📱 | Google slams proposed changes to Australian med…

    Google on Monday openly criticized proposed changes to Australian law that would see internet giants pay news companies for their content through a mandatory code of conduct, claiming the changes would put user data at risk. A draft of the News Media Bargaining Code was announced in July with the Australian government proposing the legislation to “level the playing field” for Australian media businesses by making companies like Facebook and Google pay for content.In an open letter promoted on the company's main search page, Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva claimed the proposed code…

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    👍 | 7,600 Japanese Facebook accounts stolen in susp…

    The account details of some 7,600 Japanese Facebook users appear to have been stolen by scammers and stored on a server based in Russia, a cybersecurity company said Tuesday.From around late June, domestic users started receiving videos from accounts impersonating a friend on the social media site, according to the government-linked Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan, and other sources.When accessed, the video link takes the user to a fake website mimicking the Japanese Facebook login page, where account information can be stolen if sequentially.Although Facebook Inc. has not confirmed…

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    ✈ | JAL posts 93.7 bil. Yen net loss in April-June…

    Japan Airlines Co. said Monday it posted a net loss of 93.71 billion yen ($885 million) in the April-June quarter as the global coronavirus outbreak sharply reduced air traffic demand.The company again withheld an earnings forecast for the current business year through March , citing uncertainty in its business environment due to the virus pandemic.JAL logged an operating loss of 131.01 billion yen in the quarter on revenue of 76.39 billion yen, down 78.1 percent from a year earlier.

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    📱 | Australia to make Facebook, Google pay media co…

    Australia said Friday it will introduce legislation to make Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google pay media companies for news content, in what is regarded as the first such move in the world. The announcement comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released earlier in the day a draft mandatory code of conduct that outlines how the tech companies would pay traditional news media companies for their content.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the mandatory code seeks to create a “level playing field” that ensures “a fair go for Australian news media businesses. ”” We want Goog…

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    ✈ | ANA posts record 109 bil. Yen net loss in April…

    ANA Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported a record net loss of 108.82 billion yen ($ 1 billion) in the April-June quarter, as the novel coronavirus outbreak sharply reduced demand for air travel.The parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. said it posted a group operating loss of 159.07 billion yen in the three months through June, plunging from 16.17 billion yen in profit a year earlier. Revenue tumbled 75.7 percent to 121.61 billion yen. The company did not provide an earnings forecast for the business year ending in March , citing uncertainty in its business environment due to the virus pandemic…

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    ✈ | ANA to resume 90% of its domestic flights next…

    All Nippon Airways Co. said Tuesday it will increase its domestic flights next month, potentially resuming about 90 percent of its coronavirus-hit services, as it expects a recovery in demand due to summer holidays and a tourism-boosting subsidy campaign. Ahead of the Annual rush of travelers during Japan's “Bon” summer holidays, ANA will reopen 22 domestic routes connecting Hokkaido and Okinawa to other areas. Regional economies are gradually reopening after travel restrictions were eased.The Japanese airline will resume flights between Kobe and Sapporo from Aug. 1 and those from Nagoya to Hak…