AirAsia Japan’s launch
Cutting the ribbon for the launch of AirAsia Japan were Azran Osman-Rani, CEO of AirAsia X; Kazuyuki Iwakata, CEO AirAsia Japan; Yuuichi Hata, Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; and Kensaku Morita, Chiba Governor. Iwakata then posed with crew and passengers travelling on the airline’s first flights to Fukuoka, Sapporo Chitose and Okinawa.
- AirAsia Japan commenced operations on 1 August and launched altogether three domestic routes in the last week out of its new Tokyo Narita (NRT) base with its two 180-seat A320 aircraft. All three routes face competition from the same four airlines; JAL, ANA, Jetstar Japan and Skymark. AirAsia Japan, which is a joint venture between ANA and AirAsia, saw its first two flights take off with load factors of 80% and 87%. AirAsia Group’s CEO Tony Fernandes said: “This is a dream come true for all of us at AirAsia. It has only been one year since we announced AirAsia Japan’s establishment and now we already have 2 aircraft, 243 staff in Japan and 3 domestic routes on the day we start our operations.”
||ANA (21), JAL (21), Jetstar Japan (14), Skymark (14)
||Skymark (14), Jetstar Japan (14), JAL (7), ANA (7)
||Sapporo Chitose (CTS)
||JAL (21), Jetstar Japan (21), ANA (14), Skymark (14)
|Source: Innovata data for w/c 6 August 2012