JAPANESE AIRLINE BEGINS
SERVICE TO CHINESE ZONEXIAMEN, China - A Japan Air Transportation Co. plane on Monday left Gaoqi Airport in this southeastern special economic zone for Osaka, marking the opening of the city's first air service to Japan. JAT will make the three-hour flight Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
JAT hopes to operate at 60 percent of capacity during its first year, which means 2,000 metric tons of cargo and 40,000 passengers. The carrier has 12 routes linking Japanese cities with China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian and Qingdao.
US FIRM SIGNS PACT
WITH SINGAPORE'S LOGIS
EXTON, Pa. - LTD Management Inc., a logistics consulting company in Exton, Pa., has announced a cooperation agreement with Logis, a Singapore logistics consulting firm.
LTD's president said the firms will work together on logistics projects to help satisfy the needs of U.S. firms in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand; and of Asian firms in North America.
MIDEAST, NORTH AFRICAN
LINES SEEN BUYING PLANES
GENEVA - Airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa are expected to buy 691 aircraft worth about $54 billion between now and 2017, says an industry forecast.
The market outlook by the European aircraft manufacturing consortium Airbus Industrie, estimates that at least 385 aircraft will be required to cope with growth in passenger traffic.
The forecast also concludes that an additional 306 aircraft will be needed to replace aging aircraft currently in active service.
Airbus analysts believe that about 377 will be single-aisle aircraft, while wide bodies are expected to account for the remaining 314.