A&F Aviation Co, the LCC JV being established by All Nippon Airways, stated (13-Apr-2011) it has submitted its application, required by the Civil Aeronautics Act, for an Air Operators Certificate to the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. This is the first of a number of major milestones for A&F Aviation as it accelerates its start-up activities in preparation for the proposed launch of commercial services. Routes from its home base of Kansai International Airport are anticipated to be Sapporo/Shin-Chitose and Fukuoka no later than Mar-2012 and Seoul Incheon in May-2012 using A320-200 aircraft, configured with 180 seats. A&F Aviation believes that their new LCC will contribute to creating new cultural links between Japan and Asia as well as promoting economic growth in the region. A&F Aviation intends to make a further announcement in May-2011 detailing its branding. A&F Aviation is 33.4% owned by ANA. The remaining 66.6% stake is split equally between First Eastern Investment Group and public-private investment fund Innovation Network Corp. [more]
ANA LCC files operator's certificate application
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