Skymark Airlines signs MoU for four A380s
Airbus has made a breakthrough in Japan, with Skymark Airlines signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase of four A380s.
The aircraft will be operated on major international long-haul routes from Tokyo. Engine choice and cabin details will be revealed at a later stage.
The A380 is able to operate on the shorter 2,500m-runways at Japan’s Narita and Tokyo Haneda airports carrying a full passenger payload and cargo to destinations in Europe, North America and Australia.
“We are extremely happy and proud that Japan’s growing and ambitious airline Skymark Airlines has become the first Japanese airline to order the A380 and a new customer for us. This is a historic milestone for Airbus and a breakthrough in this important market,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.
More than 7.5 million passengers have already flown on-board one of the 39 A380s already delivered, taking them at present to one of 20 major international destinations worldwide. Today, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air France operate the aircraft on daily services to Narita Airport. Orders for the aircraft stand at 234 from 17 customers.