Spring Airlines Japan starts operations

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Spring Airlines Japan started commercial operations on 1 August, making it the fourth domestic low-cost carrier in Japan.

The carrier’s debut flight, IJ621, took off from Tokyo Narita International airport for Hiroshima at 06.55 local time, followed later by its inaugural Narita-Saga service. It is initially serving both routes twice daily, and also operates a daily service from Narita to Takamatsu.

All routes are being operated by Boeing 737-800s, and Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that it has three aircraft in service.

The airline was originally planning to launch serviecs in June, but this was delayed by a crew shortage. The shortage has also restricted it to only a daily service to Takamatsu until at least 25 October.

With the launch of operations, Spring Japan now joins Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air in the country's fast-growing budget market. It is a joint venture between China's Spring Airlines and unnamed Japanese partners.