AirAsia Japan stated it is targeting one million passengers during its first year of operation as it plans to increase its fleet from two to four aircraft by the end of this year (Ryukyu Shimpo, 04-Aug-2012). The LCC also plans to increase annual passenger numbers to 10 million within five years, supported by a fleet of more than 30 aircraft.
AirAsia Japan targets one million pax during first year
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