Solaseed Air has 3% of Japan’s domestic market ranking it eighth; operates 10 routes with a fleet of 12 174-seat 737-800s
Solaseed Air is a Japanese LCC that can trace its origins back to 1997. Prior to 2011 the airline was known as Skynet Asia Airways. The airline’s current fleet comprises 12 174-seat 737-800s, having retired the last of its 737-400s at the end of September 2014. Part-owned by All Nippon Airways, Solaseed Air operates 10 domestic routes, five each from Tokyo Haneda and Okinawa. All routes are served with between one and seven daily flights. Operating almost 480 flights per week that means that each route is served on average with 24 weekly flights. Within the Japanese domestic market the carrier operates 3% of all domestic flights, making it the eighth biggest carrier within Japan.
At its main base at Tokyo Haneda, where it operates 175 departures per week, it is the fourth biggest carrier accounting for 4.2% of all flights. At its other base at Okinawa, its 63 weekly departures give it 5.2% of all flights, but that ranks it only seventh among carriers at that airport.
Competition on eight out of 10 routes
According to analysis of OAG schedule data Solaseed Air competes directly with between one and four other carriers on eight of its 10 routes. Only on two routes, both from Okinawa, does the carrier have a monopoly. On all of its five routes from Tokyo Haneda, Solaseed Air faces competition from Japan’s two biggest carriers, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. Skymark Airlines competes head-to-head on three of the airline’s routes.
|Tokyo (HND) – Miyazaki (KMI)||49||Japan Airlines (42), All Nippon Airways (35)|
|Tokyo (HND) – Kumamoto (KMJ)||35||Japan Airlines (56), All Nippon Airways (35)|
|Tokyo (HND) – Kagoshima (KOJ)||35||Japan Airlines (56), All Nippon Airways (42), Skymark Airlines (28)|
|Tokyo (HND) – Nagasaki (NGS)||28||Japan Airlines (42), All Nippon Airways (30)|
|Tokyo (HND) – Oita (OIT)||28||Japan Airlines (42), All Nippon Airways (28)|
|Okinawa (OKA) – Osaka (UKB)||21||Skymark Airlines (14)|
|Okinawa (OKA) – Ishigaki (ISG)||14||Japan Transocean Air (49), All Nippon Airways (42), Ryukyu Air Commuter (7)|
|Okinawa (OKA) – Kagoshima (KOJ)||14|
|Okinawa (OKA) – Miyazaki (KMI)||7|
|Okinawa (OKA) – Nagoya (NGO)||7||Japan Transocean Air (28), All Nippon Airways (42), Jetstar Japan (10), Skymark
|Source: Solaseed Air, OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 30 May 2016.|
According to the airline’s downloadable timetable for S16, only three flights depart before 07:00, with the 06:40 service from Tokyo Haneda to Oita being the first flight of the day for the carrier. The last flight to land each day is from Nagasaki to Tokyo Haneda, which is scheduled to touch down in the Japanese capital at 22:45.