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First of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk surveillance drones takes flight

The Northrop Grumman-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have completed inaugural flight tests ahead of their delivery to Japan. Defence prime Northrop Grumman announced it successfully completed the first test flight of Japan’s RQ-4B Global Hawk last Wednesday (15 April). The UAV was procured by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2014, and is expected to

Japanese airline develops ‘hand-free’ cabin toilet

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, is reportedly in early stages of trialling a new onboard bathroom system that is designed to be opened with one’s elbow, minimising the spread of germs from hand contact. The prototype has been set up within the airline’s lounge at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, in the hopes of gathering feedback to determine

Japanese start-up readies eVTOL for first public outing

Japanese start-up SkyDrive is gearing up for the first public demonstration of its “flying car” – an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft prototyped for urban air mobility. Just seven months after achieving the first unmanned outdoor sortie in December 2019, the company has announced a plan to demonstrate a manned flight to the

Japan eyes tourism subsidies for post-pandemic reboot

The Japan Times revealed this week that the national tourism board – the Japan Tourism Agency – put forth a proposal that would see up to half the cost of a trip to the country covered by Tokyo.

Virgin Australia outlines plans for new Brisbane-Tokyo Haneda flights

Virgin Australia is seeking one of the new slots available to Tokyo Haneda airport to launch nonstop flights from Brisbane in partnership with Japan's ANA.

Qantas to start seasonal Sydney-Sapporo service in time for Christmas

Qantas says it will add a third Japanese city to its international network in December when it begins seasonal nonstop flights between Sydney and Sapporo.


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