AirAsia Japan, the country’s newest low-cost carrier, commenced flights from Tokyo to Fukuoka and Sapporo on August 1, 2012. It will offer daily flights on these domestic routes.
The inaugural flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka departed on time at 7:00am and had a flight load of 80%.
The CEO of AirAsia Japan, Kazuyuki Iwakata, said: “AirAsia and ANA entered into a joint venture only about a year ago and the response has been overwhelming. I am delighted and emotional to see our first flights take off today to Fukuoka and Sapporo.
I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported and assisted us. We hope to get your continuous support as we take all effort to ensure that we provide the best quality service and affordable air travel for everyone.”
The CEO of the AirAsia Group, Tony Fernandes, said “This is a dream come true for all of us at AirAsia. I have always believed in dreaming the impossible, but seeing AirAsia Japan’s inaugural flights take-off today puts a smile on my face. It has only been one year since we announced AirAsia Japan’s establishment and now we already have 2 aircraft, 243 staff in Japan and 3 domestic routes on the day we start our operations. Congratulations to Kazuyuki and his team for pulling this off.”
In celebration of these new routes, one-way fares are being sold for as little at 100 JPY plus taxes/surcharges.