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TOKYO, 1 August 2012 – AirAsia Japan, the newest low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Narita International Airport, starts services of its domestic routes with daily flights to Fukuoka and Sapporo today.
The inaugural flight to Fukuoka (JW8541) took off sharp at 0700hrs with a flight load of 80%, while the inaugural flight to Sapporo (JW8521) took off with a total of 157 guests on board.
Celebrating the inaugural flights, Kazuyuki Iwakata, CEO, AirAsia Japan said, “AirAsia and ANA entered into a joint venture only about a year ago and the response has been overwhelming. I am delighted and emotional to see our first flights take off today to Fukuoka and Sapporo.
I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported and assisted us. We hope to get your continuous support as we take all effort to ensure that we provide the best quality service and affordable air travel for everyone.”
AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes said “This is a dream come true for all of us at AirAsia. I have always believed in dreaming the impossible, but seeing AirAsia Japan’s inaugural flights take-off today puts a smile on my face. It has only been one year since we announced AirAsia Japan’s establishment and now we already have 2 aircraft, 243 staff in Japan and 3 domestic routes on the day we start our operations. Congratulations to Kazuyuki and his team for pulling this off.”