Friday, August 3, 2012

AirAsia Japan begins inaugural flights to Sapporo, Fukuoka

AirAsia Japan, joint venture between Malaysia's AirAsia and Japan's All Nippon Airways, has become the third budget airline to start flights in Japan in 2012, by its first flight on August 1st 2012 from Tokyo Narita to Fukuoka. The airline is currently offering tickets which cost less than half the price of Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co.[1] For passengers choosing AirAsia, a one-way trip from Narita to Fukoka currently starts at ¥5,180 (US$68), while Sapporo flights come in even cheaper at around ¥4,580.[4]

AirAsia Japan's other domestic destination is Okinawa with flights starting on  August 3rd 2012 from Narita. AirAsia Japan, plans to add overseas flights to South Korea from Japan starting from October 2012.[1]

“AirAsia and ANA entered into a joint venture only about a year ago and the response has been overwhelming. I am delighted and emotional to see our first flights take off today to Fukuoka and Sapporo,” said Kazuyuki Iwakata, CEO, AirAsia Japan. “I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported and assisted us. We hope to get your continuous support as we take all effort to ensure that we provide the best quality service and affordable air travel for everyone.”

AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes added, “This is a dream come true for all of us at AirAsia. I have always believed in dreaming the impossible, but seeing AirAsia Japan’s inaugural flights take-off today puts a smile on my face. 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. Congratulations to Kazuyuki and his team for pulling this off.” [3]

AirAsia Cabin Crew
AirAsia Cabin Crew
Air Asia Japan is the third budget carrier to enter the Japan market in 2012. Jetstar Japan, which serves Tokyo (Narita International Airport), Osaka (Kansai International Airport), Sapporo (New Chitose Airport ), Fukuoka (Fukuoka Airport) and Okinawa (Naha Airport), started services in July and Peach, which flies to Hong Kong and Taiwan in addition to domestic destinations, made its debut in March.

[1] - AirAsia Japan Starts Flying As Budget Lines Take On ANA, JAL
[3] - AirAsia Japan Launches Flights to Sapporo and Fukuoka
[4] - AirAsia joins Japanese budget airline battle

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