Link Airs announced (12-Jul-2013) it has applied with Japan MLIT for its air operator’s certificate. The start-up plans to commence operations from spring 2014, operating with two ATR 72-600 aircraft initially on services from Fukuoka and Kitakyushu including five times daily Fukuoka-Miyazaki, three times daily Fukuoka-Matsuyama and twice daily Kitakyushu-Matsuyama services. The carrier expects to take delivery of its third ATR aircraft one month after its inaugural operation, with plans to use the additional aircraft to increase Fukuoka-Miyazaki frequency and launch Kitakyushu-Miyazaki service. [more - original PR - Japanese]
Link Airs applies for AOC, launch in spring 2014 from Kitakyushu and Fukuoka
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