Japanese carrier Skymark has ordered four Airbus A380 superjumbos, for use on “major international long-haul routes from Tokyo”.
The confirmation of the order follows a memorandum of understanding with Airbus back in November last year. Skymark Airlines is the first Japanese carrier to purchase the A380, and brings the total number of orders for the superjumbo to 244.
Skymark Airlines is Japan’s third largest carrier, and is based at Tokyo’s convenient Haneda airport. At present Skymark serves regional domestic routes aas well as international charter flights to Seoul and Guam, using Bosing 737-800 aircraft.
It is understood the carrier will configure its A380 aircraft in a two-cabin layout, with 114 seats in business class and 280 in economy, meaning 394 passengers in total.
Other Asia-Pacific carriers to order the A380 include Asiana Airlines, China Southern, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.
Report by Mark Caswell