The Tokyo-based low cost airlines is set to become the first japanese airline to operate the Airbus 380 super jumbo.The airline founded in 1998 operate a current fleet of 18 Boeing 737-800 out of Haneda (Tokyo International Airport). Its network comprises a integrated mesh network linking 13 destinations in Japan using Haneda and Kobe as main hubs. The contract was signed at Airbus Toulouse headquarter by Skymark Airlines President, Shinichi Nishikubo last Thursday, February 17th, 2011.
The airline will likely use the new Airbus 380 to start new international long haul service out of its base at Tokyo International. To date Singapore Airlines, Air France and Lufthansa. The Airbus 380 offers innovative airline economics as well as service differentiation. With a range of 8,300 nautical miles, and a double deck structure capable of accommodating between 525 passengers (in traditional three-class configuration) but up to 853 in a ultra high density single-class layout is highly valuable to Asia-Pacific operators. In that region five additional airlines are awaiting delivery of their Airbus 380 aircraft; Asiana Airlines, China Southern, Korea Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways while Qantas and Singapore Airlines already operate them.
According to Airbus, total firm orders for the A380 stand at 244 from 19 customers worldwide and 43 aircraft have been delivered to five customers Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Qantas and Emirates Airlines.