Skymark Airlines and Boeing announced (17-Jun-2013) the airline's intention to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next generation single aisle aircraft, making it Japan's first airline to do so. The announcement came on the first day of the 2013 Paris Air Show. Boeing will work closely with Skymark to finalise a firm order in the coming months. Skymark Airlines president and CEO Shinichi Nishikubo stated: "We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Boeing and work together on the renewal of our single-aisle fleet. The Next-Generation 737 has been a key driver of our successful growth, and we are sure that the 737 MAX will provide us with even greater efficiency and competitive edge as we move into the next stage of expansion." Based at Tokyo Haneda Airport, Skymark Airlines currently operates a fleet of 30 737-800s on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and other lessors. [more - original PR]
Skymark Airlines announces intent to select 737 MAX as next general single-aisle aircraft
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OSAKA, 22 September 2016 – CAPA - Centre for Aviation is pleased to announce that Osaka will be the host city for the annual CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit on 13-14 June 2017.
The Summit, to be hosted by Kansai Airports, is one of the largest LCC gatherings in the region, attracting LCC CEOs from across Asia.
“Kansai International Airport as the gateway to Kansai region welcomes the CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit in Osaka. We are extremely proud that this Summit will be hosted by Kansai Airports with the opportunity to introduce the attractiveness of the Kansai Region. For several years the LCC market has been on strong growth at KIX, where we have the number one LCC network among Japanese airports. We are really delighted to host this event in 2017 since our LCC Terminal extension will be completed by the first quarter next year”, said Yoshiyuki Yamaya, Representative Director and CEO, Kansai Airports, and Emmanuel Menanteau, Representative Director and Co-CEO, Kansai Airports.
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