AirAsia Japan Co Ltd received (02-Feb-2012) its Air Operator's Certificate from the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Japan MLIT. AirAsia Japan stated it continues preparations, including training on flight crew, flight attendants, engineers and guest service staff, for its commencement of domestic services on 01-Aug-2012, followed by the introduction of international services on 01-Oct-2012. [more - original PR]
AirAsia Group: “We announced the establishment of AirAsia Japan in July last year, and it is great to see the progress of preparations that are in place for our operations in just a few months. I strongly believe in the Japanese market, where low cost travel is still a new concept to many and the potential of this new market excites me. We are doing good progress and hopefully come this August, the Japanese will have a brand new experience to talk about in both the aviation and travel industry," Tony Fernandes, Group CEO. Source: Company Statement, 02-Feb-2012.
ANA: “This is a start of a new age in Japanese aviation history with a fully-fledged low cost carrier beginning operations in the largest aviation market in this country this year for the first time. We aim to generate new demand in this industry together as a whole. ANA believes that AirAsia Japan will make air transport more accessible and provide a convenient and efficient travel option for a wide range of people," Shinichiro Ito, Group CEO. Source: Company Statement, 02-Feb-2012.