Skymark to add five 737s to support new routes

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Japan's Skymark Airlines is to add five new Boeing 737-800s to its fleet over the next four months to support its expansion plans.

The Japanese carrier launched services from Tokyo Narita to Asahikawa, Naha and Sapporo in the final quarter of 2011 and is due to launch a twice-daily service to Fukuoka next month.

It is also planning to launch services to Sapporo and Tokyo Narita from Sendai in April as well as twice-daily services to Sapporo and Okinawa from Osaka Kansai in May 2012.

Skymark received four 737-800s from operating leasing companies last year but plans to take one new 737-800 from Aviation Capital Group later this month, two 737-800s from AWAS in February and March as well as two aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in January and April.

By June 2012, Skymark will operate a 27-aircraft fleet. According to its business plan, it will take two more 737-800s in January and February 2013.

The carrier is due to take delivery of the first of six Airbus A380s in September 2014. Another aircraft will follow in December 2014 while Skymark will receive one aircraft in 2015 and 2016. The remaining two A380s are planned for 2018.