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Photo: Manu Venkat | AirlineReporter

“Inspiration of Japan” ’“ Photo: Manu Venkat | AirlineReporter

Air travel is a unifying force that brings people together. At the same time, it can be a great way to experience the differences between countries or cultures. I got to do just that during a trip to Japan, which had long been at the top of my destination list. My time on the ground exploring Japan’s teeming cities was amazing, but I also enjoyed experiencing Japan’s aviation world and how ’“ in many ways ’“ it differed from what I was used to in the U.S.

Read on for my two cents ’“ or, rather, two Yen ’“ on flying around Japan with one of its two flagship airlines: All Nippon Airways (ANA).

American Airlines hosts a launch party for its new LAX-Haneda flight.

American Airlines hosts a launch party for its new LAX-Haneda flight.

It’s already been a busy 2016 for American Airlines, which has announced several service enhancements and, on February 11, launched its inaugural service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Toyko International Airport, more commonly known as Haneda Airport (HND). Premium passengers will enjoy additional comfort and convenience both before the flight and onboard, while those in economy will be able to enjoy some of the little things they’ve missed in the past couple of years.

As for American’s new flight into HND, a launch party for VIPs was held the previous night at the Japanese American National Museum in Downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, and AirlineReporter was invited to the festivities.

The George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall at the Japanese American National Museum

The George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall at the Japanese American National Museum

- Photo: Mitsubishi

The MRJ enjoys its first flight – Photo: Mitsubishi

Earlier this week, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) took to the skies for the first time. The aircraft lifted off from Nagoya Airfield (NKM) and flew for about 90 minutes before landing. The flight not only was special for the aircraft manufacture, but also for the country of Japan, since they have now joined the exclusive club of countries that produce a flight worthy airliner.

- Photo: Mitsubishi

People are lined up along the fences to watch the MRJ’s first flight – Photo: Mitsubishi

’œThe MRJ successfully took to the sky today thanks to ongoing cooperation and support from all members involved,’ said Hiromichi Morimoto, President, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. ’œWe will make our utmost efforts towards type certificate acquisition, committing all our resources to develop and produce the finest regional jet aircraft to enter commercial service in 2017.’