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Skymark to Introduce Airbus A380 Aircraft - Announces FY2014 Foray into International Routes

Skymark to Introduce Airbus A380 Aircraft - Announces FY2014 Foray into International Routes

An A380 flew to Haneda Airport to inspect the new international passenger terminal in mid October.

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On November 8, Ohta Ward, Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines Inc. announced a basic agreement with French aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. to purchase A380 passenger aircraft with a goal of putting them on international routes in FY2014.

Skymark has decided to introduce six of the jets into its fleet, two of which are optional, and plans to sign a contract in spring of 2011. The double-deck A380 is the world's largest passenger aircraft. With a total length of 72.7 meters, it provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in all-economy class configurations. The aircraft's range is 15,400 km. Technically it can fly from Japan to most places on the Earth non-stop, while Skymark says it is "planning to serve major international routes."

According to Airbus, the 38 A380 aircraft are now in service worldwide, with orders totaling 234 planes. In Japan, airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Air France S.A. and Singapore Airlines Limited are already flying the A380 on routes to Narita, but Skymark is the first Japanese airline to announce that it will introduce the aircraft. By doing so, the carrier will make a full-fledged entry into the network of international routes.

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