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AirAsia Japan takes delivery of its first Airbus A320; to commence operations August 1

AirAsia Japan, a 67%-33% joint venture between Japan’s ANA Group, which owns All Nippon Airways, and Malaysia’s AirAsia has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in Toulouse, France.

The Japanese low cost carrier will start commercial services on August 1st from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to the Japanese cities of Sapporo and Fukuoka, and from August 3rd to Okinawa with an initial fleet of two A320 aircraft.

AirAsia Japan will go international when it starts flights to Korea in October. Seoul Incheon airport, and Pusan, with the fleet growing to four aircraft by the end of 2012.

AirAsia Japan’s A320s are in the standard LCC configuration of 180 seats in an all economy cabin. Like the A320 fleet of AirAsia, the AirAsia Japan A320s are also powered by CFM56 engines.

AirAsia Japan President Kazuyuki Iwakata was beaming

“We are extremely happy to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A320. Our aim is to provide opportunities for everyone to fly with low fares. With the A320’s cabin comfort and operational reliability, we want to offer better access, in particular for the Japanese travelling public, and make them feel easy to fly,”

AirAsia Japan, was established in August 2011, and shall operate under the AirAsia brand.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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