Tuesday, 9th November 2010
In Japan Travel News,
Japanese airline orders Airbus A380s
A Japan-based budget airline has placed an order for a number of Airbus A380s.
Skymark confirmed that it plans to purchase four A380s with the option to buy a further two at a later date.
It is the first time any Japan-based carrier has opted for the Airbus A380 model as the market is largely dominated by Boeing.
"Skymark Airlines signed a basic agreement with Airbus on the introduction of Airbus A380," Skymark Airlines said in a statement.
"The company plans to sign the contract on purchasing six aircraft, including an option on two aircraft, in the spring of next year."
The airline, founded in 1998, plans to use the new super-jets to cover international routes beginning in 2014. At the moment, Skymark only offers domestic routes but is expected to expand over the coming years.
An official for Skymark said the carrier had not yet made a decision on the supplier of the engines for the new aircraft.
Routes offered by the airline include Haneda to Naha, Kobe to Ibaraki and Sapporo to Kobe.
Written by Mark Smith