"Kansai Design" on Star Flyer Aircraft Bodies to Promote First Int'l Charter Flights from KIX

KIX brand image design on Star Flyer's Airbus aircraft.

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Since November 28, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture-based Star Flyer Inc. has put a Kansai International Airport (in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture) brand image design on its Airbus aircraft as their fuselage markings.

The markings, which appear on both sides of the bodies of two Airbus A320s, are designed like a baggage tag bearing the airport's three-letter code, "KIX." The internationally recognized KIX code is typically used as shorthand by the travel and aviation industry workers, but now KIX (pronounced "kicks") is being actively utilized for services catering to the general public and promotions in order to make the airport more familiar to visitors.

Star Flyer currently operates four daily round trip commercial flights between Kansai International and Haneda. The carrier plans to operate six round trip international charter flights between KIX and Seoul's Incheon International Airport as well as two between KIX and Busan from February 4 to March 27, 2011. The special "Kansai Design" marking will promote the airline's and KIX's brand in conjunction with Star Flyer's first international departure from Kansai Airport.

The new design will be on the aircraft until March 31, 2011.