Spring Airlines Japan
|Commenced operations||1 August 2014|
|Operating bases||Narita International Airport|
|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 6 billion|
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 Kozunomori, Narita, Japan. It is 33% owned by Spring Airlines, a Chinese low-cost carrier, with the remainder held by various Japanese investors. SAJ began operations in August 2014, having originally planned to begin operations in autumn 2013.
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. Spring was required to find one or more local partners due to Japanese legal restrictions that would limit its investment to a minority stake.
The airline received an air operator's certificate on December 17, 2013, 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. 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.
The airline serves the following destinations:
|Chongqing||Yubei||China||CKG||ZUCK||Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport|
begins 28 September 2016
|Honshu||Japan||KIX||RJBB||Kansai International Airport|
|Hokkaido||Japan||CTS||RJCC||New Chitose Airport|
|Tokyo||Kantō||Japan||NRT||RJAA||Narita International Airport|
|Wuhan||Huangpi||China||WUH||ZHHH||Wuhan Tianhe International Airport|
SAJ may also eventually operate international services from Japan to secondary cities in Taiwan.
SAJ took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800, JA01GR, at New Chitose Airport in 17/7/2013. 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.
The aircraft are fitted in a 189-seat configuration with 18 seats (the first three rows) curtained off as a premium cabin.
In December 2015, 2 737-800 from Air Berlin will be added as part of the retirement of Air Berlin 737 aircraft. It's one of 10 737-800 from Air Berlin for Japan.
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