April 1, 1999 |
Coffee, tea or cigarette substitute? Beginning today, Tokyo-based Japan Airlines will ban smoking on all international flights--but it will offer passengers an alternative. Those who find smoke-free flying troublesome will receive a little plastic tube in the shape of a cigarette to put in their mouths to help suppress the urge. "It's for oral gratification," airline spokeswoman Irene Jackson said.
January 31, 1998 |
In a boost for air travel and U.S.-Japan relations, negotiators from the two countries signed a tentative accord Friday that will significantly broaden air access to Japan and other destinations, capping fractious international trade talks that went on for years. The pact will allow several U.S. carriers to expand their operations in Japan by adding flights and creating partnerships with foreign airlines to provide more routes from Japan to other countries.
May 8, 1996 |
Forget the smoked salmon and the complimentary champagne. Japan Airlines is planning something really special for its first-class passengers: a $95,000 luxury bathroom. Japan's largest international carrier announced Tuesday that selected first-class cabins on its route between Tokyo and New York will soon be outfitted with lavatories on a grand scale. "Especially on long-distance flights, the toilet is something that leaves a deep impression," JAL spokesman Yoshihiko Kozu said.
August 17, 1995 |
FAA Suspends JAL License to Work on U.S. Aircraft: Citing concerns about Japan Air Line's repair procedures, the carrier said the Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily suspended JAL's license to do maintenance work on U.S.-owned aircraft. JAL spokesman Shinichi Tajima would not comment on specific concerns raised by the FAA, but he said the airline believes it was meeting the FAA repair standards.
August 7, 1995 |
AMR to Buy Stake in JAL Reservations Unit: The Ft. Worth, Tex.-based firm's reservations unit agreed to acquire a 25% stake in a similar unit of Japan Air Lines. Terms were not disclosed. AMR's Sabre Travel Reservations Network and JAL's Axess International Network will jointly market their computer reservations systems to travel agencies in Japan.
September 17, 1994 |
A Japan Air Lines' plan to start hiring contract flight attendants at half the pay of full-status employees has stirred a new controversy here over government intervention in private business. The battle--unusual only in that it has gone public--is not over yet. But signs are pointing to a victory for business. It started in August, just as JAL was about to interview applicants for jobs as contract flight attendants.