Spring Airlines Japan delays launch by one month

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Spring Airlines Japan will postpone its launch date to 1 August from 27 June.

The low-cost carrier was forced to delay its launch date due to a lack of available crews needed to operate six daily flights on a consistent basis, says the carrier in a statement. This has also forced the airline to halve its planned twice daily Tokyo Narita-Takamatsu service to once daily, from 1 August till 25 October.

Local media reports indicate that the carrier felt it would not get approval to commence services on 27 June owing to an insufficient number of trained crew members. They cite Spring Japan’s president Hiroshi Ugai as saying that the carrier needs to make more preparations before its launch.

Flightglobal was unable to reach the carrier prior to the publication of this article.

When it is launched, Spring Japan will become Japan's four low cost carrier after Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air. Initially it plans to operate from Tokyo Narita to Hiroshima, Saga and Takamatsu.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that as of 9 June, the airline has three Boeing 737-800 aircraft.