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Wednesday, 22nd December 2010
In Japan Travel News,

Japanese airline plans fleet increase

A budget airline in Japan has confirmed it plans to increase its fleet to include Airbus superjumbos.

Shinichi Nishikubo, the president of Japanese carrier Skymark, explained the airline's plans to increase its fleet from 18 planes to around 45 within four years.

It is understood that Skymark has already ordered a number of A380s, buying four with an option for another two at a later date. The total cost is estimated to be around $2 billion.

"We can make a decision on whether to raise the total purchase to 15 soon after we introduce our first Airbus 380s in 2014," Mr Nishikubo told AFP.

He added: "I have no worries about the funds to buy 380s as Skymark's business is quite good."

The president also stressed that the carrier was planning to compete with Japan's other international airlines by expanding services into Asia, Australia, Europe and the US.

Skymark currently focuses on flights with Japan and offers daily services to cities such as Kobe and Haneda.

Written by Kimberley Homer.