AirAsia Japan gets first Airbus A320

Japan’s newest low-fare airline AirAsia Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 as it prepares to start commercial services on 1 August from Narita International Airport to Sapporo and Fukuoka, and from 3 August 3rd to Okinawa with an initial fleet of two aircraft.

AirAsia Japan will start international operations to Seoul (Incheon) and Pusan in Korea in October, with a fleet growing to four aircraft by the end of 2012.

AirAsia Japan’s A320s are configured in a high comfort, all economy layout with 180 seats. Each aircraft is powered by CFM56 engines.

“We are extremely happy to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A320. Our aim is to provide opportunities for everyone to fly with low fares,” said AirAsia Japan president Kazuyuki Iwakata.

“We are delighted to welcome AirAsia Japan as our newest Airbus operator,” added Airbus chief operating officer–customers John Leahy. “With our popular A320 family, the Japanese low-cost market has the potential to grow as much as the low-cost carriers’ have grown in Europe or North America.”

AirAsia Japan, established in August 2011, is a joint venture between Japan’s largest airline ANA Group (67%) and one of the world’s leading low cost airline AirAsia (33%). Operating under the AirAsia brand, it will serve both domestic and international destinations.

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