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Japan Airlines is facing the kind of difficulties more associated with a banana republic then one of the world's most important airlines. With huge losses over the last 12 months chief executive and president Toshiyuki Shinmachi is facing what amounts a "coup d'etat" from within the ranks. Along with Katsuo Haneda, vice-president, and Hidekazu Nishizuka, a senior managing director, he has been asked to resign by senior management staff led by four executive directors. Mr. Shinmachi has only been in place for a year following the toppling of the previous CEO over alleged safety problems. The JAL press office made no comment but the Osaka's Daily Yomiuri yesterday reported further management strife. On a brighter note the airline is making progress to becoming a full member of Oneworld. http://www.jal.co.jp/en Feb 19, 2006

Royal Brunei Airlines

Ho Chi Minh, capital of Vietnam, which presently is not served by nonstop flights from London, will gain Brunei as a connecting possibility from the start of the summer season. Royal Brunei is to introduce a three times weekly service connecting with its Heathrow flights over the Sultanate's capital Bandar Seri Begawan (BWN). The airline also reports that it has increased its Perth services to five times per week, also via Bandar Seri Begawan. Royal Brunei operates two-class Boeing 767s on its long haul routes and serves some 21 destinations across Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and Europe. http://www.bruneiair.com Feb 19, 2006
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Date:Feb 20, 2006
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