Skymark takes two A330s, becomes first Japanese operator

Japanese budget carrier, Skymark Airlines, has taken delivery of the two A330-300s out of a total of ten it plans to take on lease and in doing so has become the first Japanese carrier to operate the type.

Skymark Airlines’ A330s, configured with 271 seats, will begin scheduled flights in April 2014 from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. The carrier has also announced plans for A330-300 services from Tokyo Haneda to Sapporo and Naha.

Shinichi Nishikubo, president of Skymark Airlines, commented, “We are confident that with these cost-efficient, reliable A330-300s in our fleet, we will grow our business and win market share by attracting passengers who demand only the highest levels of comfort. Together with our A380s to come, we confirm Skymark’s intention to remain at the forefront of our market, having one of Japan’s youngest, most modern fuel-efficient fleets.”

Skymark Airlines has also signed a Flight Hour Services (FHS) components contract with Airbus covering support for all 10 of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330s.

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