Spring Airlines Japan

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Spring Airlines Japan
春秋航空日本
Shunjū Kōkū Nihon
IATA
IJ
ICAO
SJO
Callsign
JEY SPRING
Founded October 2012
Commenced operations 31 July 2014
Operating bases Narita International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 4 (initial plan)
Parent company Spring Airlines, JTB, other Japanese investors
Headquarters Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Key people Hiroshi Ukai, Representative Director
Total equity JPY 1.5 billion
Website j.springairlines.com/jp

Spring Airlines Japan Co., Ltd. (春秋航空日本株式会社 Shunjū Kōkū Nihon Kabushiki Gaisha?) is a low-cost airline headquartered in Narita, Japan.[1] It is 33% owned by Spring Airlines, a Chinese low-cost carrier, with the remainder held by various Japanese investors. SAJ originally planned to begin operations in autumn 2013,[2] but as of September 2013 plans to begin operations at the end of May 2014, using Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport as its operating base.[3]

History[edit]

Spring Airlines announced in 2011 that it had plans to establish a subsidiary in Japan; it would be the first Chinese airline to do so.[4] Spring was required to find one or more local partners due to Japanese legal restrictions that would limit its investment to a minority stake.[5]

The airline received an air operator's certificate on December 17, 2013,[6] having filed in September 2013 with 1.5 billion yen of equity capital, of which Spring Airlines invested 33%. The remainder of the airline's capital was provided by Japanese financial institutions, IT enterprises and trading companies, among others. There were plans to raise a further 4.5 billion yen of capital prior to commencement of operations.[3] Japanese travel agency JTB announced in March 2014 that it would invest in Spring Airlines Japan and enter a partnership with the airline to provide Japan tour packages to Chinese customers.[7]

Spring Airlines Japan plans to use primarily Japanese staff, such as retired Japan Airlines pilots. Its head of operations, Minoru Uchida, is a former JAL pilot.[3]

Destinations[edit]

The airline plans to serve the following destinations:[3]

Base
City Province/Region Country IATA ICAO Airport
Hiroshima Chūgoku Japan HIJ RJOA Hiroshima Airport
Saga Kyūshū Japan HSG RJFS Saga Airport
Takamatsu Shikoku Japan TAK RJOT Takamatsu Airport
Tokyo Kantō Japan NRT RJAA Narita International Airport

SAJ may also eventually operate international services from Japan to secondary cities in China[8] and to Taiwan.[3]

Fleet[edit]

Spring Airlines Japan Boeing 737-800 at Narita International Airport

SAJ took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, JA01GR, at New Chitose Airport in 17/7/2013.[9] Although Spring Airlines uses Airbus A320 aircraft, the Japan operation elected to use the 737 due to its greater popularity among Japanese airlines and the relative ease of finding 737-qualified pilots, and is considering adopting 737 MAX aircraft in the future.[3]

The aircraft are fitted in a 189-seat configuration with 18 seats (the first three rows) curtained off as a premium cabin.[10]

Spring Airlines Japan Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders
Boeing 737-800 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "会社概要." Spring Airlines Japan. Retrieved on May 29, 2014. "〒286-0048 千葉県成田市公津の杜4丁目11番2号"
  2. ^ "Spring Airlines Japan approved, delays launch to 2014: report". CAPA. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (5 September 2013). "春秋航空日本、成田-高松など国内3路線就航へ 14年5月末". Aviation Wire. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Wang, Ying (30 August 2011). "Spring Airlines looks to Japan for expansion". China Daily. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Sanders, Fay (30 September 2011). "Spring Airlines on hunt for JV partner and first five narrowbodies". Ascend. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "春秋航空日本、事業認可を取得 14年5月から国内3路線就航". 日本経済新聞. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (25 March 2014). "JTB、春秋航空日本に出資 4月から社員派遣". Aviation Wire. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "国内LCCの低価格競争過熱 中国・春秋航空、日本参入を正式発表". SankeiBiz. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Spring Airlines Japan's lone 737-800 finally touches down in Sapporo". CH Aviation. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (26 December 2013). "春秋航空日本、機体と制服をお披露目". Aviation Wire. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 全189席のうち、前方3列の18席は上級クラスとする予定で、普通席との間はカーテンで仕切られる。 

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