AirAsia Japan stated (03-Feb-2012) it obtained an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau on 01-Feb-2012. The AOC will enable AirAsia Japan, a JV between AirAsia and All Nippon Airways, to launch commercial services to international and domestic destinations. The carrier expects to launch service in Aug-2012, stating: "The company targets this joint venture to begin operations at the latest Aug-2012 but could be earlier subject to aircraft availability". [more - original PR]
AirAsia Japan receives AOC; expects to launch service in Aug-2012
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