Saturday, October 18, 2014

Japan unveils first passenger jet in four decades

KOMAKI, Japan: The first passenger aircraft to be made in Japan in nearly four decades was unveiled Saturday as its manufacturer pushed into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a military contractor best known for its “Zero” World War II fighter, pulled back the curtain on its new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), a fuel-efficient, next-generation aircraft that claims to offer more passenger comfort with lower operating costs.

The jet, which will be delivered to customers from 2017 and was built with assistance from aviation giant Boeing, was unveiled at a ceremony in Komaki, near the central city of Nagoya, on Saturday.

“The dream of a Japanese-made product that can be proudly presented to the world for top-notch efficiency and top-notch passenger comfort is finally coming true,” said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries chairman Hideaki Omiya.

“This wonderful aircraft that Japan has created after (a wait of) half a century carries with it many people’s hopes and dreams.”

The plane marks a new chapter for Japan’s aviation sector, which last built a commercial airliner in 1962 – the YS-11 turboprop. It was discontinued about a decade later.

Teruaki Kawai, president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Aircraft, recently said that the plane boasted “state-of-the-art aerodynamic design, and a game-changing engine (that) will significantly cut fuel consumption, noise and emissions, helping airlines enhance competitiveness and profitability in the future.”

Japanese firms were banned from developing aircraft by US occupiers following its defeat in World War II.

The country slowly started rebuilding its aviation industry in the 1950s, starting with carrying out repair work for the US military, before expanding its scope to start licensed production of US-developed aircraft for Japan’s military. Japanese firms have also long supplied parts to Boeing.

Mitsubishi’s short-to-medium-haul regional jet, which comes in a 70- and 90-seat version, was backed by the Japanese government and a consortium of major firms including Toyota, with research and development costs of around 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion).

The company has secured 375 orders and options from carriers including All Nippon Airways (ANA), US-based Trans States Holdings, and SkyWest.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has also signed a Letter of Intent for 32 MRJs, which have a list price of $40 million, to be used on domestic flights.

The MRJ project got off the ground in 2008 after ANA agreed to buy two dozen of the planes.

But it quickly hit trouble as the global economic downturn battered the aviation industry, forcing many carriers to slash jobs and routes.

The project took off again as Tokyo tried to lure more overseas visitors ahead of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The Japanese government is also aiming to expand firms’ foothold in the global aviation and military sectors as the domestic market shrinks due to a rapidly ageing population.

The jet will compete with small aircraft produced by Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier, as well as jets designed by Russian and Chinese firms.

Mitsubishi pointed to expected global demand of 5,000 regional jets over the next two decades.

“Five thousand is not a small number,” Kawai told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published this month.

“I’m claiming we can get 50 percent of that. That’s what we are aiming at right now. But in 20 years, I’m saying, not in three to five years, if our research is correct. We have to be ambitious.

“For a long time, Japan has been successful in industries such as automobiles,” he said. “It should last, but we need to find new industries. Aircraft manufacturing can be one of them.”

Automaker Honda is also developing a business jet, with its first delivery expected next year in North America and Europe. -AFP

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei hotel offer a warm welcome on your arrival, 30 minutes by taxi from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. 

Only a 5-minute walk from Shanghai railway station and subway station, this modern hotel is in the downtown Puxi area of Shanghai. You can surf the web withcomplimentary high-speed Internet in the comfort of your spacious, air-conditioned Guest room.

Hit the glitzy malls and quirky shops of Shanghai's famous Nanjing Road for elegant Chinese tea sets and new Asian fashions. Dinner and drinks await at the bars and restaurants in entertainment hotspotXintiandi, 20 minutes' drive from Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei.

Holiday Inn Express Shanghai Zhabei has 2 meeting rooms with great views that you can use to host events for up to 60 people. Drop by the 24-hour Business Centre to print your documents and prepare for meetings. The Shanghai New International Expo Centre is a short subway ride away.

Refuel with a hearty Chinese spread including congee, noodles and fresh fruit at ourcomplimentary breakfast buffet, prepared daily in the stylish Great Room. 

My first trip ar Shanghai

Stay at Holiday Inn Express, Shanghai Zhabei.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cheap & Fast Travel in KL

Whenever I go to Kuala Lumpur, these are the cheap and fast mode to transportation.

1. If you are from KLIA, take KLIA Express to KL Sentral. It only RM35 and reach KL Sentral in just 25 minutes.
2. Take taxi from KL Sentral which cost only RM13 ( Capital Hotel)
3. Later you can use monorail from Hotel to KL Sentral for RM1.60 only
4. Finally if you are attending meeting in Putrajaya just take KLIA Transit for just RM9.50. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

US girds for another day of government shutdown By AFP

WASHINGTON: The colossal machinery of the US government will be largely paralyzed again Wednesday in the rancorous dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law, which conservatives want to gut.


In the first such shutdown in 17 years, the White House and Republicans were digging in for an extended struggle with no solution, or serious dialogue to find one, in sight.


National monuments would be barricaded for a second day in America's latest crippling political crisis which shut US war cemeteries in Europe and sent hundreds of thousands of federal workers home without pay.


President Barack Obama accused conservatives in the House of Representatives of waging an "ideological crusade" by making government funding conditional on gutting his landmark health care law.


His top foe, Republican House Speaker John Boehner, said Obama was pursuing a "scorched earth" policy by refusing to negotiate, as the rhetoric hit new heights and hopes for a swift end to the standoff faded.


The president was in feisty form at a White House event marking the rollout of a key portion of Obamacare, which turned into an extended taunt at Republicans for failing to halt implementation of the sweeping law.


"This Republican shutdown did not have to happen -- I want every American to understand why it did happen," Obama said.


"They have shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health care to millions of Americans."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The best Vietnamese coffee in Hanoi

The cheapest coffee is VD 380,000 perkg. I bought 350 grammes in Hanoi. I likes the black vietnamese coffee especially with condensed milk.

The head of Vietnam’s largest coffee roaster, Trung Nguyen, has outlined his plans to grow the Vietnamese coffee industry to US$20 billion.

This is how to make the coffee at home.

The Oldest Church In Vietnam

UThese are the pictures I took at oldest catholic church in Nam Dinh Province, Vietnam