Japan's Skymark Airlines intends to start flying between Tokyo Narita and New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) with its new Airbus A380 aircraft, an application filed with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) shows.
Pending regulatory approval, Skymark would fly its first two A380s on the route by the end of 2014 after receiving the aircraft that year. It plans to introduce at least five frequencies per week on the route.
The airline mentions the possibility of adding other routes between Japanand the USA if the application is approved.
Skymark would compete with Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways on the route, Innovata schedules show. Nippon Cargo Airlines also flies between the two cities, but Skymark says it does not intend to start up cargo service during the first year of operations.
Skymark forecasts making $195.5 million in gross revenues and an operating profit of $32.6 million for the first year of the service.
In addition to the first two A380s, Skymark plans to receive 10 Airbus A330-300 aircraft in 2014 and four additional Airbus A380s after 2014.
The airline received authority for charter flights between Japan and the USA in 2010 and obtained an initial foreign air carrier permit for the charter flights in November 2012, the filing says. Under this authority, Skymark started operating charter flights between Tokyo and Guam in September 2010. The airline plans to operate additional flights between the two locations "in the near future".
Skymark, based at Tokyo's Haneda airport, is using the new A380s to expand its brand outside of Japan. The airline has primarily focused on low-cost service within Japan since starting up in 1996.