Japan's Skymark Airlines is to add its first narrowbody aircraft to its fleet next year primarily because it wants to be ready to capitalise on the opening of a fourth runway at Tokyo's busy Haneda airport around 2009.

The domestic carrier, which operates five Boeing 767s, has signed a contract for two new Boeing 737-800s, which will be delivered on eight-year operating leases from GE Capital Aviation Services in November and December next year.

The 737s will initially be used on two new routes linking Haneda with Kitakyushu and Kobe.

Source: Flight International