June 14, 2004
Konica Minolta Supports "YOKOSO! JAPAN" Airship
Crossing Eurasian Continent
Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (president: Fumio Iwai) announces its support of the Eurasian Continent crossing by the new model of airship "Zeppelin NT" named "YOKOSO! JAPAN", which Nippon Airship Corporation of Japan purchased from Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG of Germany this year.
It is expected that this flight will remain in the history of aviation since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the unforgettable around-the-world flight of "Graf Zeppelin" in 1929. In this memorable year, Konica Minolta supports the flight for about one month from the June 12th departure from Friedrichshafen, Germany, where the Zeppelin's head office is located, to Moscow, offering photographic equipment, films and other materials to the aerial photographer in the meantime.
The airship has been named "YOKOSO! JAPAN (Welcome to Japan!)" since this flight has received a strong support from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan. In the course of its long journey, the airship will fly over many Eurasian countries to promote goodwill and friendship.
In addition to the support of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan and Embassy of France in Japan also support this total flight program, which aims to promote "Visit Japan campaign", EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan, and at the same time, taking photos of the world heritage archives by UNESCO and the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
Konica Minolta supports this Eurasian Continent crossing flight from the viewpoint of the mother earth protection, and the best opportunity to promote the global cultural exchange.
Konica Minolta will make every effort together with an owner of the airship -- Nippon Airship Corporation, and the supporting organizations -- the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan and Embassy of France in Japan, to ensure that this flight symbolizes "the harmony of human technology and the nature, and infinite creativity".
MAIN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ZEPPELIN NT
|No. of seats:||2 + 12|
|Maximum level flight speed:||125km/h|
|Maximum endurance:||approx. 24 hrs.|
For the details of the "YOKOSO! JAPAN" flight, please refer to the following "75th Anniversary of Zeppelin" web site:http://www.hb-as.ch/ja101z/e/main_e.html
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