AirAsia Japan, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of AirAsia, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 ahead of its commercial launch in August.
The low-cost carrier will begin operations with two A320s based at Tokyo's Narita International airport, serving Sapporo and Fukuoka from 1 August and then Okinawa from 3 August.
International operations will begin in October with the launch of flights to Seoul's Incheon airport and Busan, both in South Korea.
AirAsia Japan will grow its all-A320 fleet to four by the end of the year, seeking to claim market share in the rapidly expanding Japanese low-cost carrier market. It will compete directly with Skymark Airlines, JAL Express and upcoming Jetstar Japan on domestic routes.
Japanese airline ANA owns a 67% stake in AirAsia Japan, while Kuala Lumpur-based brand parent AirAsia holds 33% of the company.