Saturday, November 13, 2010

Japan's Skymark signs contract to buy four Airbus A380s

Skymark Airlines will be the primary Japanese carrier to order Airbus' super-jumbo A380.

Skymark, Japan's third-biggest airline, has signed a memorandum of considerate to buy four A380s to major international long-haul routes from Tokyo.

"By pioneering the world's most cost-efficient, modern and environmentally gracious aircraft in our fleet, we will present the traveling public the most excellent comfort in the sky and a new way of flying," Skymark President Shinichi Nishikubo said in a news release. "With the A380's spacious and awfully quiet cabin, we'll penetrate a new era in terms of economic air travel."

John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer, Customers, called the deal "a historic milestone for Airbus and a breakthrough in this significant market."

Airbus and Skymark said they would release engine choice and cabin detail later.

This is the first publicized A380 order since last week's uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas A380. The Engine Alliance GP7200 engine is the other A380 choice.

Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air France previously operate the A380 on daily services to Tokyo Narita Airport. Airbus currently has 234 total A380 orders from 17 customers.

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