Japan’s low-cost carrier Skymark Airlines today (08NOV10) signed Letter of Intent with Airbus for order of 4 Airbus A380 and 2 on option. Delivery to begin from 2014 for International service, becoming Japan’s first A380 operator. It is expected the LoI to be finalized as firm order by Spring 2011.
According to late-breaking news report from Japan’s travel press Wing Daily, the low-cost carrier is to operate Airbus A380 on long-haul service to Europe and US. The airline is currently studying possible configuration.
Last week, the airline revealed its plan to operate service out of Tokyo Narita airport by Fall 2011, but mainly focus on Domestic feeder service. International service is under review but not happening until domestic routes are launched, where it holds 28 weekly flight rights. Interim plan by 2012 is to see the airline operating 25 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.