Skymark Airlines plans to offer a premium class of seating on its main route, Tokyo Haneda-Fukuoka, for an extra USD11 (JPY1000) as part of efforts to attract business passengers, according to a Nikkei report. Its new class will be available from Feb-2014 and will feature improved seating and snack service. The carrier is looking to use A330 aircraft including 80 premium seats. It currently operates a fleet of 29 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, configured with 177 seats in an all-economy configuration. The carrier previously reported load factors of 95% on Tokyo Haneda-Fukuoka sector, but load factors have declined to the low-80% levels, since All Nippon Airways started offering discounted fares for the route. Some travellers have also switched to LCCs departing from Narita.
Skymark Airlines to offer premium class of seating on its main route, Tokyo Haneda-Fukuoka
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