Amakusa Airlines

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Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd.
天草エアライン株式会社
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IATA ICAO Callsign
MZ[1] AHX[2] AMAKUSA AIR
Founded 12 October 1998
Commenced operations 23 March 2000
Operating bases Amakusa Airfield
Focus cities Mashiki-Kumamoto
Fleet size 1
Destinations 4
Headquarters Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Key people Toru Okushima (CEO)[3]
Website www.amx.co.jp

Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd. (天草エアライン株式会社 Amakusa Earain Kabushiki-gaisha?) is an airline based in Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.[3] It operates regional services from and to Amakusa. Its main base is Amakusa Airfield, with a focus city in Kumamoto Airport.[4]

History[edit]

The airline was established on 12 October 1998 and started operations on 23 March 2000, with services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto. It is owned by the municipal government (80% stake) and Japan Airlines.[4] On 1 October 2004, it began service between Kumamoto and Matsuyama. On 18 April 2006, it cumulatively carried over 50,000 passengers. On 1 September 2008, it stopped the service between Kumamoto and Matsuyama. Three days later, on 4 September, it began the service between Kumamoto and Kobe. On 31 March 2010, it stopped the service between Kumamoto and Kobe.

In 2015, Amakusa has been reported that the fleet was 1 of 2 ATR 42-600 with another 3 options has been delivered while the Dash 8 has been transferred to Oriental Air Bridge. Amakusa in the future can fly between Amakusa and Kagoshima, Amakusa and Miyazaki, Amakusa and Kochi, Oita and Osaka, Fukuoka and Osaka, Hiroshima and Osaka as well as Fukuoka and Tsushima.

Destinations[edit]

Amakusa Airlines serves the following destinations (as of May 2014):[5]

[Base] Base
[Focus] Focus City
[T] Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Amakusa Japan - RJDA Amakusa Airfield [Base]
Fukuoka Japan FUK RJFF Fukuoka Airport
Kobe Japan UKB RJBE Kobe Airport [T]
Mashiki Japan KMJ RJFT Kumamoto Airport [Focus]
Matsuyama Japan MYJ RJOM Matsuyama Airport [T]
Osaka Japan ITM RJOO Osaka International Airport

Fleet[edit]

In August 2015, the airline received its first of two ATR 42-600 (48 seats) to replace the smaller Dash 8.[6]

An Amakusa Airlines Bombardier Dash 8-103 in the previous livery, landing at Fukuoka Airport, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. (2004)

The Amakusa Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft (as of February 2015):[3]

Amakusa Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet On Order Options Passengers
ATR 42-600 1 1 3 48

Previously operated[edit]

Amakusa Airlines has also operated the following aircraft in the past:

Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total
Eurocopter Dauphin 1
Dash 8-100 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Alphabetical Index of Airline ICAO Codes
  3. ^ a b c "会社案内" (in Japanese). Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd. Retrieved 14 May 2014.  Headquarters address: "本社 〒863−2114 熊本県天草市五和町城河原1丁目2080番地5"
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 74. 
  5. ^ "時刻表" (in Japanese). Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ http://airheadsfly.com/2015/08/13/first-atr-42-600-in-japan/

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