October 1, 2018
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Japan's flagship airline announces new Seattle-Tokyo flights

Japan Airlines will return to Seattle after a 27-year absence, thanks to the region's surging technology companies and construction of a new international arrivals facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Japan's flagship airline will start daily service between Seattle and Tokyo's Narita International Airport on March 30, 2019. It will fly a 220-seat Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and will include a mileage plan/ticket codeshare partnership with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden praised Japan Airlines' return to Seattle, saying the deal with Alaska has been years in the making.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins said the new direct Seattle-Tokyo air service validates the port's decision to move ahead with its $968 million international arrivals project, which will open in August 2020.

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Vote No on I-1631

No vote urged on pollution fee initiative

By The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board

Earlier this year we opposed Gov. Jay Inslee's effort to impose a carbon-emissions tax in the Washington state Legislature.

We now oppose a similar effort to impose a carbon tax -- now dubbed a pollution fee -- through Initiative 1631. We urge a no vote on I-1631 on the November ballot.

This does not mean we oppose all efforts to combat climate change, which we see as a real and serious threat to all of us.

But any effective effort to reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change should be done on a national scale at the federal level. A state-by-state approach such as the initiative adopts won't achieve much except to create an economic burden on those living in Washington state...

Read the full editorial in The Union-Bulletin
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