Skymark Airlines reportedly plans to borrow up to JPY50 billion (USD637 million) through a syndicated loan from banks in Europe to finance the purchase of A380 aircraft, according to a report in The Nikkei. The loan is reportedly to be guaranteed by Coface, Britain's Export Credits Guarantee Department and Euler Hermes Deutschland AG The airline has already placed orders for six A380s, which it plans to use for international services from Tokyo Narita to New York and London in 2014. Total investment in the six aircraft is roughly JPY150 billion (USD1911 million), with the remainder of the funds to come from Skymark's own cash reserves.
Skymark Airlines seeking up to USD637m in funds from European banks for A380 financing
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CAPA LCCs in North Asia Summit: Osaka, 13/14-Jun-2017 to be hosted by Kansai Airports
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.