Japans Skymark to be First Low Cost Carrier and Japanese Airline to Fly the Airbus A380


Japanese LCC Skymark Airlines
places Japans first Airbus A380 order, the deal for four Airbus A380 aircraft was
sign on Thursday 17 February 2011 at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse France.


At the
signing ceremony Shinichi Nishikubo said,
“We believe that the A380, the world’s
most cost-efficient, modern and environmentally friendly aircraft with
cutting-edge technologies, will provide us with a strong competitive advantage
and safe operation. We will become the very first Japanese airline to offer our
passengers a unique and new experience of flying – more space, more comfort and
a quieter cabin. With the four-engined A380, we are free from ETOPS constraints
and can provide flexible operations.”


“We are pleased to welcome Skymark as our newest
and first Japanese A380 customer,”
said Tom Enders, Airbus
President and CEO.
 “The A380 is
the most eco-efficient solution to allow Japan’s air traffic to grow in a capacity
constrained environment.”


At present only Singapore
Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa fly the Airbus A380 to/from Japan
Narita International Airport. From 1 June Korean
Air will also be flying to Japan’s Narita International Airport. In addition
Singpaore Airlines will be further expanding its Japanese operations with
flights from Japan to Los Angeles starting from March 2011.


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