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ANA's New LCC to Connect Kansai with Fukuoka, Sapporo and Seoul Pending MLIT Approval

ANA's New LCC to Connect Kansai with Fukuoka, Sapporo and Seoul Pending MLIT Approval

Airbus A320. Photo ©Airbus

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On April 13, A&F Aviation Co., Ltd., Japan's first low-cost carrier (LCC) formed in a joint venture between All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) and Hong Kong-based First Eastern Investment Group, announced that it has submitted an application to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism's (MLIT) Civil Aviation Bureau to receive permission to operate an air transport business.

According to the application, the company's aviation business will base operations and maintenance at Kansai Airport and use the Airbus A320 to primarily develop flights on routes in the "Japan/Asia" area. Specifically, A&F plans to start operating routes connecting Kansai with Fukuoka and Sapporo in March 2012 and with Seoul Incheon in May 2012.

A&F decided to buy ten A320-200 aircraft last February. The airline has conveyed that its business strategy is to provide spacious seating at low cost to compete with major Asian LCCs that continue to expand their business on Japanese routes. A&F will proceed with preparations prior to starting service such as defining its brand and hopes to announce more details in May.

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