ZIPAIR launched first passenger flight, only 2 customers on board

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread, Japan's newest low-cost airline, ZIPAIR, finally made its first passenger flight on October 16. This first passenger flight took off from Tokyo's Narita A...


Peach received its first Airbus A320neo

At the end of September, the first Airbus A320neo for low-cost Japanese airline Peach was delivered.The current fleet of Peach is comprised of 32 Airbus A320ceos and one Neo.The aircraft should enter...


Structural crack reportedly found on Japan F-2 fighter jet

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) reportedly grounded its Mitsubishi F-2 multirole fighter jets after a crack was found in the wing during the post-flight inspection of one aircraft on September 8, 2020. The grounding lasted a month, during which the whole fleet was thoroughly inspected for further cracks....


Kawasaki P-1 excluded from German submarine hunter tender

Forced to retire its aging maritime patrol aircraft ten years before it can develop a new one with France, Germany opened a tender for a stopgap replacement. Despite initial enthusiasm from the European country, sources report that the Japanese proposal of its indigenously-developed Kawasaki P-1 was not short-listed....


Mitsubishi to obtain F-X stealth fighter jet development contract

The Japanese Defense Ministry is about to formalize Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as the prime contractor of the future F-X fighter jet....


Skymark Boeing 737 suffers internal damage after bird strike

On August 29, 2020, a Skymark Airlines Boeing 737 (registered as JA73NM) suffered a bird strike while climbing through 3,000 meters from Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND). A post-flight inspection reportedly revealed damage to the outer skin and internal structure of the aircraft....


Japan hopes UAE will become first Kawasaki C-2 export customer

  The Japanese authorities will subject the Kawaski C-2 transport plane to unpaved runway landing tests in an attempt to convince the United Arab Emirates of acquiring the aircraft....


ANA and JAL to reduce domestic flights again due to COVID-19

According to the report of HNK on 24th, Japanese tourism and business trip sections showed a downward trend again amid the continuous spread of the COVID-19. All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airline...


First Japanese V-22 Osprey deployed amidst controversy

Japan becomes the first foreign operator of the U.S.-made tiltrotor aircraft, a move anticipated for almost a decade, despite the objections by local citizens and government. Two Ospreys arrived at the joint U.S.-Japanese base at Kisarazu, fifteen remain on the waiting list....


Russian MiG-31BM heavy interceptors to monitor Pacific Ocean

A squadron of modernized Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-31BM supersonic interceptors is being deployed on the Kamchatka Peninsula, at the easternmost point of Russia bordering the Pacific Ocean. It will be tasked with controlling the airspace in an increasingly contested region....