New Japanese Govt Plane Makes Debut

Politics Society

Paris, April 23 (Jiji Press)--A new Japanese government plane has made its debut, carrying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Tokyo to Paris on Monday at the start of his tour of six countries.

The second-generation government aircraft is a Boeing 777-300ER featuring inflight Wi-Fi. Such a service was unavailable on the predecessor, which retired at the end of March after its debut in 1993.

In its maiden mission, the new aircraft safely arrived in Paris on Monday afternoon after a 10,000-kilometer flight from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

The inflight Wi-Fi is a paid service, allowing Internet access during level flights although connections are not always stable. Some reporters aboard gave up sending news stories they wrote.

A government official said, "I'm busier on the new aircraft than on the old plane."

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