Air Asia are back in Japan again, this time to launch their own airline inside Japan.
Tony Fernandes of Air Asia confirmed the launch in a tweet:
Proud to announce airasia japan has started selling. October 29th is first flight. Going to be a great airline. pic.twitter.com/gvl1yNfxf1
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) October 16, 2017
The first route will be between Nagoya (Chubu Centrair International Airport) and Sapporo New Chitose – with a twice-daily service between the two cities
Services start twice daily on the 29th October 2017 and are loaded in the Air Asia fare engine:
The two flights daily operate as:
Nagoya Centair to Sapporo New Chitose
DJ001 DEPART NGO 07:35 ARRIVE CTS 09:25 DJ009 DEPART NGO 17:10 ARRIVE CTS 19:00
Sapporo New Chitose to Nagoya Centair
DJ002 DEPART CTS 10:00 ARRIVE NGO 12:05 DJ010 DEPART CTS 19:35 ARRIVE NGO 21:40 Commences: 29th October 2017 Booked Equipment: Airbus A320 Data: Air Asia
This is Air Asia’s second attempt to crack Japan. The previous attempt to start Air Asia Japan with ANA is currently operating a Vanilla Air. Air Asia has worked with new partners to try to deliver the second version of Air Asia Japan.
The market is a lot different in Japan compared to when Air Asia entered last time – for instance in the route they’re flying, the airline will competing against:
- All Nippon Airways
- Japan Airlines
- Jetstar Japan
- Skymark Airlines
That’s a lot of competition to go against. It will be interesting to see if Air Asia Japan can entrench itself this time fully – or if the airline is forced to retreat again.
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