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 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 started operations 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%).

Solaseed executive vice president Nobuyuki Suzuki committed suicide by jumping from a building in August 2016; his wife was found dead in their apartment two days later.[3]

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.[4] It used to have a headquarters in another facility in Miyazaki City.[5] 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.[6]

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)

Solaseed Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (As of August 2014):[7]

Base
City Province/Region Country IATA ICAO Airport
Kagoshima Kyushu Japan KOJ RJFK Kagoshima Airport
Kobe Kansai Japan UKB RJBE Kobe Airport
Kumamoto Kyushu Japan KMJ RJFT Kumamoto Airport
Kunisaki/Ōita Kyushu Japan OIT RJFO Oita Airport
Miyazaki Kyushu Japan KMI RJFM Miyazaki Airport
Nagasaki Kyushu Japan NGS RJFU Nagasaki Airport
Naha Okinawa Japan OKA ROAH Naha Airport
Ishigaki Okinawa Japan ISG ROIG Ishigaki Airport
Tokyo Kanto Japan HND RJTT Haneda Airport

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)

The Solaseed Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[8]

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

Fleet Notes[edit]

In September 2014, Solaseed Air stored its last remaining 737-400 aircraft, and became an airline having only 737-800. operator.[9]

The all fleet's cabin specifications are Boeing Sky Interior, and all attached winglets on wing tip.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solaseed Air Corporate Info (Japanese)
  2. ^ "Skynet to fly under new name of Solaseed". Kyodo News. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ソラシドエア副社長転落死、自室に妻?女性遺体". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  4. ^ "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)"
  5. ^ "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"
  6. ^ "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"
  7. ^ Solaseed Air Route Map (Japanese) skynetasia.co.jp
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 18. 
  9. ^ http://worldairlinenews.com/2014/08/24/solaseed-air-to-retire-the-last-boeing-737-400-on-september-30/

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