Monday, May 16, 2011

Honolulu to Okinawa - via Guam!

Continental Airlines will resume direct flights between Guam and Okinawa, a route last served over 15 years ago.

On April 27, 2011 United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) announced the introduction of Continental Airlines non-stop flights between Guam and Okinawa, Japan, with the goal of attracting more tourists to Guam and provide customers in Okinawa with enhanced access to Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and other destinations throughout the Continental Pacific network.

This year-round, four-times-weekly service will be launched on September 28, 2011, with Okinawa becoming the 10th Japanese city with non-stop service to Guam on Continental.

Here’s a sample schedule:

1 CO 957 07 OCT HNL-GUM 530A 355P 08 OCT
2 CO 905 08 OCT GUM-OKA 810P 1045P

3 CO 904 12 OCT OKA-GUM 1145P 410A 13 OCT
4 CO 2 13 OCT GUM-HNL 630A 555P 12 OCT

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Japan Airlines Fuel Surcharge Increase

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JAL International Fare Fuel Surcharge from June to July 2011

Japan Airlines (JAL) has requested for approval from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to increase the current level of fuel surcharge on all international passenger tickets issued between June 1 and July 31, 2011.

In April this year, JAL began setting fuel surcharge levels bimonthly based on the 2-month average price, instead of quarterly based on 3-month average price, of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel.

The price of Singapore kerosene-type jet fuel during the two month period of February and March 2011 averaged US$126.60 per barrel. With reference to the fuel surcharge benchmark list for the fiscal year of 2011 (see below), this corresponds to Zone G of fuel surcharges which range from 2,500 yen on a Japan - Korea ticket to 25,000 yen on a Japan - USA ticket per person per sector flown, on tickets purchased in Japan.

This level of surcharge will be applied to all international passenger tickets issued between June 1 and July 31, 2011.

Hawaii-Japan Current Fuel Surcharge: $127.00

Hawaii-Japan New Fuel Surcharge $185.00

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sendai Airport Reopens

Sendai Airport was back in business as a Japan Airlines 737-800 from Tokyo Haneda landed Wednesday at around 8 a.m. local time. This was the first commercial flight since the airport was inundated on March 11 by the earthquake-triggered tsunami.

With bullet train service to Sendai suspended and partial road closures still affecting transportation, the re-opening of Sendai Airport to commercial domestic flights provides for much-needed additional access to an area hit hard by the March 11 earthquake in Japan. The opening of the airport will greatly ease travel for volunteers and others from Tokyo and western Japan to disaster-hit areas and should accelerate relief activities there.

Much of the credit for restoration of the airport to operational status must go to a team of United States Air Force Special Operations forces, the 353rd Special Operations Group, who have been working to restore the airport for over a month:

http://www.af.mil/ne … ory.asp?id=123250749

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fly Hawaiian Airlines to Osaka

logo-hawaiian-air.gif Tickets for Hawaiian Airlines’ new Honolulu-Osaka flights are now on sale!

Daily flights between Osaka Japan and Honolulu Hawaii are scheduled to begin from July 12th 2011. The airline will begin flying to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport from Honolulu on July 12. The inaugural return flight to Hawaii will take off the following day.

Hawaiian Airlines began flying to Japan last November when it launched a route between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport.

The flights are scheduled to begin with a Boeing 767 plane to Osaka that seats 264 passengers, but are expected to change to flying a 294-seat Airbus A330 aircraft on the route.

The flight will add about 100,000 new seats to Hawaii each year and will make it easier for the airline to attract travelers connecting from other cities.

Contact Naka’s Travel Service to book your flights to Osaka now!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Japan Airlines Out of Bankruptcy

logo_jal.gif Japan Airlines announced Monday, March 28th 2011 that it has pulled itself out of bankruptcy and has completed it’s restructuring process about 14 months after going into it. The airline also made a full repayment of rehabilitation debts totaling about $4.88 billion the same day with about $3.15 billion in new loans from 11 major creditor banks and cash in hand.

“From this new starting point, JAL will unite as one as we work towards rebuilding the business,” the Tokyo-based company said in a statement.

JAL entered bankruptcy in January 2010 with debts of about 2.32 trillion yen ($28 billion) - one of Japan’s biggest-ever corporate failures. But it continued flying during a rehabilitation process that included massive job and route cuts, under court protection.