First low-fare airline A380s as Skymark signs for four

Japanese low-fare airline Skymark Airlines, which is also the country’s third largest carrier, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of four A380s.

The airline, which currently has a fleet of 15 Boeing 737-800s, plans to enter the long-haul market and operate the aircraft on major international long-haul routes from Tokyo. The engine choice and cabin details will be announced later.

“By introducing the world’s most cost-efficient, modern and environmentally friendly aircraft into our fleet, we will offer the travelling public the best comfort in the sky and a new way of flying. With the A380’s spacious and extremely quiet cabin, we’ll enter a new era in terms of economic air travel,” remarked Shinichi Nishikubo, president of Skymark Airlines.

“We are extremely happy and proud that Japan’s growing and ambitious airline Skymark Airlines has become the first Japanese airline to order the A380 and a new customer for us. This is a historic milestone for Airbus and a breakthrough in this important market. We are delighted to see Skymark Airlines sharing our vision of the A380 as the key aircraft for meeting Japan’s air transport needs,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer–customers.

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