Typhoon Hits China
Chinese authorities say a powerful typhoon has made landfall in the eastern province of Fujian, forcing evacuations, cutting power, destroying homes and causing the shutdown of rail and air transportation.
China's National Meteorological Center says Typhoon Fitow struck Fuding city early Monday with winds of 150 kilometers per hour, then quickly slowed before weakening to a tropical storm.
Authorities evacuated more than half a million people, while the storm dumped more than 200 millimeters of rain on the region.
Forecasters say Fitow will continue to move northwestward, but will weaken quickly.
Airbus Breaks Boeing's Monopoly in Japan
Japan Airlines says it is ordering 31 Airbus A350 wide-body jets, in a deal that challenges U.S. aerospace company Boeing's dominance in the country.
JAL said Monday it had signed a $9.5 billion purchase agreement for the 31 long-haul planes with an option to buy another 25 aircraft.
The deal marks the first time JAL has bought Airbus planes. The new aircraft are expected to come into service beginning in 2019, as the carrier replaces its aging Boeing fleet.
Industry experts say delays in Boeing's deliveries of its new 787 Dreamliner and their grounding in January because of battery failures has cast doubt on Boeing's ability to deliver aircraft on time.
Rival Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways is also studying the feasibility of Airbus planes to replace its aging fleet of Boeing jets.