Fuji Dream Airlines

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Fuji Dream Airlines
フジ ドリーム エアラインズ
Fuji Dorīmu Earainzu
Fuji Dream Airlines logo.png
IATA
JH
ICAO
FDA
Callsign
FUJI DREAM
Founded June 24, 2008
Commenced operations July 23, 2009
Hubs Shizuoka Airport
Secondary hubs Nagoya Airfield
Focus cities
Fleet size 8
Destinations 9
Parent company Suzuyo & Co., Ltd.
Headquarters Makinohara, Shizuoka, Japan
Key people Yohei Suzuki
(President & CEO)
Website www.fujidreamairlines.com (Japanese)

Fuji Dream Airlines Co., Ltd. (FDA) (株式会社フジ ドリーム エアラインズ Kabushiki-gaisha Fuji Dorīmu Earainzu?) is a domestic airline headquartered in Makinohara, Shizuoka, Japan,[1] with its main hub at Shizuoka Airport. The airline commenced operations on July 23, 2009, from its home town of Shizuoka.

History[edit]

Fuji Dream Airlines Embraer 170 in red livery taking off at Kumamoto Airport
Fuji Dream Airlines Embraer 170 (JA01FJ) in red livery at Kumamoto Airport

Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) was established on June 24, 2008, by the present President & CEO Yohei Suzuki, with an initial capital of ¥450 million. The airline is a wholly owned subsidiary of Suzuyo & Co., Ltd., whose core business include international and domestic freight forwarding, port operations and customs brokerage; and warehousing and distribution.[1][2]

FDA's parent Suzuyo & Co., Ltd. signed a purchase agreement with Embraer on November 30, 2007, for two Embraer 170 E-Jets, with a purchase right to acquire one additional aircraft. The contract value was estimated to be approximately US$87 million, if the purchase right is exercised. At that time, the yet-to-be-established airline is Embraer's second customer in Japan.[3][4] On October 27, 2008, Embraer received the type certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) to operate the Embraer 170 E-Jets in Japan and the airline received its first Embraer 170 narrow-body aircraft on February 20, 2009. The new aircraft is configured with 76 seats in a single-class layout.[5][6][7] On June 15, 2009, the contract between Embraer and the airline was amended, paving the way for the airline to acquire the 84-seat Embraer 175, which was delivered in January 2010.[8][9][10] On October 22, 2010, a new contract between Embraer and the airline was signed for the purchase of one 84-seat plus one optional Embraer 175.

FDA Orange Livery at Shizuoka airport, Japan

The airline inaugurated its first flight on July 23, 2009. Its operations include two daily flights to Komatsu and one daily flight each to Kagoshima and Kumamoto, from its home town of Shizuoka.[11] On April 1, 2010, the airline commenced three daily flights to Fukuoka and one daily flight to Sapporo.[12]

Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA), of Japan, has signed a contract for two EMBRAER 175 jets, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the airlines’ parent company, Suzuyo Corp. in Shimizu, Japan. The total value of the deal is USD 81.6 million, at list price, which will be included in Embraer’s fourth quarter of 2012 backlog. Both aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats. This order brings the total number of aircraft in the airline's all-E-Jet fleet to eight.[13]

Destinations[edit]

Fuji Dream Airlines operates scheduled flights to the following domestic destinations as of 1 June 2010:[10][11][14]

Fleet[edit]

Fuji Dream Airlines Embraer 170 in light blue livery at Shizuoka Airport
Fuji Dream Airlines Embraer 170 (JA02FJ) in light blue livery at Shizuoka Airport

As of October 2010, Fuji Dream Airlines operates the following aircraft with an average age of 1.1 years:[16]

Fuji Dream Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers/Orders Livery
Embraer 170STD 2 76/3 Red or blue
Embraer 170SU 1 76/3 Green
Embraer 175STD 4 84/2 Pink
Orange
Yellow
TeaGreen
Embraer 175ER 1 84/2 Purple
Total
8

Services[edit]

In-flight catering[edit]

Bottled cold green tea and tea cakes are available on flights between Shizuoka and Komatsu. Coffee, Japanese green tea, apple juice, mineral water and tea cakes are available on all other flights.[17]

In-flight entertainment[edit]

The airline's inflight magazine Dream 3776 is available on board. The magazine name is originated from the word "dream" and Mount Fuji's 3,776 m (12,388 ft) elevation.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "会社概要" [Company Overview] (in Japanese). Fuji Dream Airlines. Retrieved 2009-09-10.  "本社 〒421-0411 静岡県牧之原市坂口2053番地1"
  2. ^ "Company Profile". Suzuyo & Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Embraer Sells E-Jets to Japan's Suzuyo Group" (PDF) (Press release). Embraer. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Embraer". ATW Daily News (Penton Media). 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Embraer 170 Jet is Certified in Japan" (PDF) (Press release). Embraer. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  6. ^ "Embraer Delivers First Embraer 170 Jet to Fuji Dream" (PDF) (Press release). Embraer. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  7. ^ "Japanese startup Fuji Dream Airlines". ATW Daily News (Penton Media). 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  8. ^ "Embraer Sells the Third E-Jet to Japan's Fuji Dream Airlines" (PDF) (Press release). Embraer. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Fuji Dream upgrades to E-175". ATW Daily News (Penton Media). 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  10. ^ a b "静岡=札幌線、静岡=福岡線、松本=札幌線、松本=福岡線の開設について" (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). Fuji Dream Airlines. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  11. ^ a b "時刻表 - 9月1日から10月31日まで" [Timetable - September 1 to October 31] (in Japanese). Fuji Dream Airlines. Retrieved 2009-09-10. [dead link]
  12. ^ "静岡=札幌線、静岡=福岡線のダイヤ、運賃を届出 同時に新運賃を設定" (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). Fuji Dream Airlines. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  13. ^ http://www.embraer.com.br/en-US/ImprensaEventos/Press-releases/noticias/Pages/Fuji-Dream-Airlines-encomenda-mais-dois-jatos-EMBRAER-175.aspx
  14. ^ 信州まつもと空港発着路線へのFDAの就航について(in Japanese)
  15. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/01/16/jh-nkmgaj-s14/
  16. ^ Fuji Dream Airlines fleet at airfleets.net
  17. ^ "機内サービス" [In-flight Service] (in Japanese). Fuji Dream Airlines. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  18. ^ "機内誌を雑誌"自遊人"と共同制作" (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). Fuji Dream Airlines. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 

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