Saturday, January 4, 2014

Skymark starts selling Green Seats.

On January 1st, Skymark Airlines (BC/SKY) started selling 'Sky Bargain 60' tickets, which are promotional fares that can be purchased up to 60 days prior to the travel date. It is now available for travel from June 1st onwards.

At the same time, Skymark has started selling tickets for its all-premium 271-seat Airbus A330s that will start service at the end of March. Called 'Green Seats', these are more like premium economy and akin to Japan Airlines' (JL/JAL) Class-J product. 'Green' was chosen since the Shinkansen's (Japanese bullet train) business class seats are called Green Class, which caters mostly for business travelers, and it represents Skymark's increased focus on the premium market. A one-way Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) - Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) Green Seat ticket bought with Sky Bargain 60 has been fixed at 7,800JPY to 10,900JPY, whereas JAL's Class-J bought 60 days in advance costs around 13,070JPY to 20,570JPY.

Sky Bargain 60 for other routes include Haneda - Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) from 7,800JPY to 11,900JPY and Haneda - Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) from 8,800JPY to 13,900JPY, which are almost half of what one would pay for a similar service with All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) or JAL.

For the first time, Skymark will also introduce a mileage program, though plans have been delayed from the planned January launch. Its first Airbus A330-300, JA330A, is currently undergoing test flights in France in preparation for delivery later this month. 

Source: Aviation Wire (in Japanese)

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