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AirJapan to Commence Service with Narita-Bangkok Route Starting February 2024

AirJapan to Commence Service with Narita-Bangkok Route Starting February 2024
  • AirJapan, the new ANA Holdings brand for medium-haul international routes, will begin operations with the inaugural flight between Tokyo Narita and Bangkok on February 9, 2024.
  • One-way fares departing from Tokyo Narita will start at 15,500 yen, with customizable options for combining different services to meet the needs of customers.
  • 13 different in-flight meals will be available for purchase at the time of ticket reservation, with a variety of “in-flight purchase” menu options available as well to cater to diverse preferences.

On February 9, 2024, ANA will introduce the Tokyo Narita-Bangkok route as the first medium-haul international route operated by the new airline brand AirJapan. The flights will leave from Narita’s Terminal 1, providing easy connections to ANA Group Airlines’ flights. The urban region of Bangkok and connecting flights are both easily accessible from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

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By providing a variety of services and fare alternatives, AirJapan will be able to meet the various needs of both leisure and business travelers and help the Japanese government achieve its goal of welcoming 60 million foreign visitors to Japan by the year 2030. With ANA Group’s quality of full-service carrier (FSC) and convenience of low-cost carrier (LCC), it offers you to experience a new kind of travel that allows passengers to freely select and customize their services. This service is delivered under the concept of “Fly Thoughtful”.

  • 1. Flight Schedule
  • Period of operation: Feb. 9, 2024 – Mar. 30, 2024
  • Aircraft: Boeing 787-8 (324 seats, economy class)
  • 2. Fares
  • All prices are per seat, one-way from Narita. For round-trip itineraries departing from Narita, the same price applies for one-way itineraries departing from Bangkok.
  • Children under 2 years old who do not occupy a seat will be charged a flat rate of 5,000 yen. If a seat is required, the above child fare will apply.
  • Passenger facility charges and various taxes are required in addition to the fare. Fuel surcharge is not required.
  • Fare includes carry-on baggage (up to 7 kg).
  • Once the ticket has been purchased, flight changes and fare refunds are not permitted.
  • Advance seat selection, checked baggage, and pre-purchase of in-flight meals can be selected separately according to your preference.

A total of 13 types of meals will be available, including vegetarian and other meals that take into consideration dietary restrictions and religions, as well as menus that can be enjoyed by passengers of all ages.

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Passengers will have free access to the newest Hollywood films, family programming, animated cartoons, and AirJapan original videos by connecting to the dedicated in-flight WiFi. These contents will be available for passengers to enjoy in the supportive seat with a tablet holder and plenty of legroom. Additionally, a few extras, including blankets and handmade items, will be sold on board.

Tickets and additional services can be purchased through the AirJapan website below:

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Akasa Air Launches QuietFlights: Enhancing Peaceful Travel

Akasa Air Launches QuietFlights: Enhancing Peaceful Travel

Akasa Air, India’s rapidly growing commercial airline that, has introduced a novel initiative called “QuietFlights” for its passengers.

This unique concept is specifically designed for travelers flying during the early morning and late-night hours, enhancing their inflight experience with added tranquility and comfort.

In a recent press release, Akasa Air announced that flights operating between 10 PM and 6 AM will minimize in-flight announcements to essential safety messages only.

In addition, the airline will adjust cabin lighting to foster a peaceful and calming atmosphere. This initiative underscores Akasa Air’s commitment to offering a restful and comfortable journey for passengers on flights during these hours.

Belson Coutinho, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Experience Officer of Akasa Air, highlighted the airline’s dedication to ensuring privacy and peace of mind for its passengers.

He stated that the launch of QuietFlights reaffirms their mission to deliver exceptional experiences, emphasizing a “comfortable, relaxed, and peaceful cabin experience.”

Coutinho elaborated that in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, QuietFlights are thoughtfully designed to help passengers unwind, with reduced announcements and ambient lighting creating a serene inflight environment.

Akasa Air’s network connects 22 domestic destinations and three international destinations, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Guwahati, Agartala, Pune, Lucknow, Goa, Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bagdogra, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Port Blair, Ayodhya, Gwalior, Srinagar, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Doha (Qatar), Jeddah, and Riyadh (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).

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Air India Passenger Discovers Metal Blade in his meal

Air India Passenger Discovers Metal Blade in his meal

In a concerning incident aboard Air India’s AI 175 flight from Bengaluru to San Francisco, a passenger discovered a metal blade in his in-flight meal.

Mathures Paul, a journalist, recounted his alarming experience on social media, sharing that he found the blade while enjoying his roasted sweet potato and fig chaat. Mr. Paul described the moment he felt the piece of metal in his mouth, realizing it was a blade only after chewing for a few seconds. Fortunately, he was not harmed. He posted an image of the bowl showing the metal blade next to the food, expressing his disappointment with Air India’s catering service.

Air India food can cut like a knife. Hiding in its roasted sweet potato and fig chaat was a metal piece that looked like a blade. I got a feel of it only after chewing the grub for a few seconds. Thankfully, no harm was done.

Upon discovering the blade, Mr. Paul immediately alerted the stewardess, who apologized briefly and assured him that the catering team would be informed. She then brought him a bowl of chickpea salad as a replacement.

After landing in San Francisco, Mr. Paul posted about the incident on X (formerly Twitter), but initially received no response from the airline. Later, Air India contacted him, offering a one-way business class ticket valid on any Air India flight for up to one year. Mr. Paul declined the offer, referring to it as a ‘bribe.’

In response to his post, Air India commented, “Dear Mr. Paul, we are sorry to know about this. This does not represent the level of service we aim to provide to our passengers. Please DM us your booking details along with your seat number. We’ll ensure this matter is promptly reviewed and addressed.

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Air India to Open India’s First Self-Operated Pilot Training School

Air India to Open India's First Self-Operated Pilot Training School

Air India is making a significant move to establish a flying school in Maharashtra’s Amravati, a project aimed at training up to 180 pilots annually.

Initially focused on meeting the airline’s internal requirements, the Tata Group-owned carrier envisions expanding to address external needs in the future, according to a report by The Economic Times.

The new academy will welcome aspiring pilots with no prior flying experience, offering a comprehensive full-time training program that prepares them for careers in Air India’s cockpits. To support this initiative, Air India has procured approximately 30 single-engine and four multi-engine aircraft from American manufacturer Piper and European company Diamond.

This strategic step allows Air India to control the supply of new pilots, ensuring a steady pipeline of well-trained talent. Moreover, it addresses the quality gaps in pilot training within India, which often compel students to seek education abroad.

The establishment of the Amravati flying school is part of Air India’s broader strategy to enhance the quality of pilot training in the country. Alongside this, the airline has inaugurated a training center in Gurugram, in collaboration with Airbus and US-based L3 Harris, equipped with six simulators for type-rating and recurrent training.

Other Indian airlines like IndiGo and SpiceJet have similar branded training programs in association with independent flight schools both domestically and internationally. However, Air India’s initiative to set up its own flying school marks a pioneering step in the country, emphasizing its commitment to maintaining high standards in pilot training and meeting the aviation industry’s growing demands.

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