Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this short statement:
Following discussions with Skymark Airlines (Tokyo) and in light of the airline’s expressed intentions in respect of the A380, Airbus has in accordance with its contractual rights, notified Skymark Airlines that the purchase order for the six A380s signed in 2011 has been terminated. Airbus is reserving all its rights and remedies.
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Copyright Photo: Airbus. Msn 162 was due to become JA380A with Skymark. It will now go to another operator.
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) on July 19 will introduce a “One Piece Jet” special livery based on the popular Japanese cartoon series according to ZipanguFlyer.
According to Wikipedia, “One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 4, 1997; the individual chapters are being published in tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first released on December 24, 1997, and the 74th volume released as of June 2014. One Piece follows the adventures of a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy whose body gains the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit, and his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy explores the ocean in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as One Piece in order to become the next Pirate King.”
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo) is keeping the miniskirt alive for its flight attendants but the carrier is coming under increasing pressure to stop using the uniform according to ZipanguFlyer. According to the report, Skymark has “dismissed claims by the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants, which is part of the Japan Federation of Aviation Worker’s Union, that the new one-piece short-skirt uniforms pose a threat to safety and could also make the flight attendants victims of sexual harassment.”
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo), Japan’s third largest airline has taken delivery of the first two A330-300s (JA330A and JA330B) out of a total of ten on lease. Skymark Airlines becomes the first Japanese carrier to operate the Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
Skymark Airlines’ A330s, configured in a very high comfort, all ”Green Seat” cabin with 271 seats, will start scheduled flights on May 31, 2014 (delayed from April 18) from Tokyo Haneda to Fukuoka. Skymark Airlines has also announced plans for A330-300 services from Tokyo Haneda to Sapporo and Naha at a later date.
The A330-300 received Validation Type Certificate (VTC) from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in January 2014. Skymark Airlines signed a Flight Hour Services (FHS) components contract with Airbus covering support for all of 10 leased A330 aircraft. Airbus Customer Services will provide spare parts availability guaranteed through an extensive scope of more than 700 line replaceable units. Skymark Airlines’ A330s will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
Skymark Airlines will soon be adding its first Airbus A380.
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo) will soon take delivery of its first Airbus A380. The airframe (man 162) has been assembled at Toulouse and will be flying soon with the temporary marks of F-WWSL before it is delivered to the Japanese carrier. The airline is planning to inaugurate Airbus A380 service from Tokyo (Narita) to New York (JFK) in December.
Images: Airbus. Airbus A380-841 msn 162, the first A380 for Skymark, is rolled out of the production hangar at Toulouse, France.
Update: Following the completion of its structural assembly, Skymark Airlines’ first A380 made its first journey on its wheels, moving to the next station at the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse on February 24. At this “station 30” Skymark Airlines’ first A380 will undergo general tests on electric and hydraulic systems, mobile parts, landing gears and fuel tanks. Also, the aircraft’s four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines will be mounted.
Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest and fast growing airline, has placed six firm A380 orders and will become the first Japanese A380 operator. Skymark plans to dispatch its A380s on international trunk routes, in particular linking Narita to destinations in the US to offer its passengers the unique experience of space and comfort when flying the A380.
Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) will place its new Airbus A330-300 into revenue service on April 18 according to ZipanguFlyer. The initial route will be from Tokyo (Haneda) to Fukuoka five times a day.
Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A330, the pictured A330-343 F-WWKH (msn 1483) at Toulouse will become JA330A when it is delivered to the carrier around March 1.