AirAsia Japan takes delivery of first A320

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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.