A&F Aviation Co stated it would introduce a A320-200 aircraft into its fleet by the end of 2011, increasing to three aircraft by May-2012 (Kyodo News, 20-Apr-2011). The carrier, which will be headquartered in Kansai, plans to launch three services from Kansai to Sapporo, Fukuoka and Seoul in 2012. Three daily Kansai-Sapporo services and four daily Kansai-Fukuoka services will be introduced in Mar-2012, while service between Kansai and Incheon will be launched in May-2011 with daily frequency.
A&F Aviation to introduce A320-200 to fleet by end of 2011
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