Solaseed Air

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Solaseed Air
Solaseed Air logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
6J SNJ NEWSKY
Founded 1997 (as Pan Asia Airlines)
Operating bases
Fleet size 12
Destinations 9
Parent company Development Bank of Japan
Headquarters Miyazaki Airport, Miyazaki, Japan
Key people Hiroshi Takahashi (CEO)[1]
Website www.solaseedair.jp

Solaseed Air (ソラシド エア, Sorashido Ea), incorporated as Solaseed Air Inc. (株式会社ソラシドエア, Kabushiki-gaisha Sorashido Ea SNA) is a low-cost airline headquartered on the property of Miyazaki Airport in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.

It operates services mainly between destinations on the island of Kyushu and Tokyo. The airline changed its branding to Solaseed Air in July 2011.[2]

History[edit]

Miyazaki Airport, the location of the headquarters

The airline was established as Pan Asia Airlines in 1997 as the fourth new airline in a deregulated Japanese market. The corporate name was changed to Skynet Asia Airways Co., Ltd. in August 1998, and operations commenced in July 2002. It established "Solaseed Air" as corporate brand in July 2011. As of December 2015, the corporate name was changed to Solaseed Air Inc. The airline is owned by the Development Bank of Japan (22.41%), Miyazaki Kotsu Co., Ltd. (17.03%) and ANA Holdings Inc. (17.03%).

Corporate affairs[edit]

Solaseed established the head office in the second floor of Miyazaki Airport Building (宮崎空港ビル, Miyazaki Kūkō Biru) in Miyazaki, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.[3] It used to have a headquarters in another facility in Miyazaki City.[4] The headquarters later moved to the SNA Center (SNAセンター SNA Sentā) in the Again Building (アゲインビル, Agein Biru) in Miyazaki.[5]

Destinations[edit]

A Skynet Asia Airways Boeing 737-400 taking off from Haneda Airport, Tokyo (2007)
A Solaseed Air Boeing 737-400 climbs away from Haneda Airport, Tokyo (2012)

As of January 2015, Solaseed Air operated services to the following domestic scheduled destinations:[6]

Country City Airport Notes
Japan Ishigaki Ishigaki Airport Base
Japan Kagoshima Kagoshima Airport
Japan Kobe Kobe Airport
Japan Kumamoto Kumamoto Airport
Japan Kunisaki/Ōita Oita Airport
Japan Miyazaki Miyazaki Airport
Japan Nagasaki Nagasaki Airport
Japan Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport
Japan Naha Naha Airport Base
Japan Tokyo Haneda Airport Base

Future plans include route expansion to key cities in Japan and across Asia.

Fleet[edit]

A Solaseed Air Boeing 737-800 at Haneda Airport, Tokyo (2012)

As of August 2017 the Solaseed Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Solaseed Air fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers
Boeing 737-800
12
0
174
Total 12 0

Previously operated[edit]

In September 2014, Solaseed Air retired its last remaining Boeing 737-400 aircraft, and now exclusively operates the 737-800.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solaseed Air Corporate Info (Japanese)
  2. ^ "Skynet to fly under new name of Solaseed". Kyodo News. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "会社概要" (Archive). Solaseed Air. Retrieved on January 26, 2014. "本社 〒 880-0912 宮崎市大字赤江 宮崎空港内(宮崎空港ビル2階)"
  4. ^ "会社概要" (Archive). SkyNet Asia. April 6, 2004. Retrieved on January 26, 2014. "■本社 〒 880-0912 宮崎市大字赤江字飛江田 148"
  5. ^ "会社概要/会社案内" (Archive) SkyNet Asia. December 17, 2008. Retrieved on January 26, 2014. "■本社・SNAセンター 〒 880-0805 宮崎市橘通東 3-1-11 アゲインビル1F"
  6. ^ Solaseed Air Route Map (Japanese) skynetasia.co.jp
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 18. 
  8. ^ http://worldairlinenews.com/2014/08/24/solaseed-air-to-retire-the-last-boeing-737-400-on-september-30/

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