Monday, January 27, 2014

Star Flyer takes 13th Airbus A320.

Star Flyer's (7G/SFJ) 13th aircraft, Airbus A320-214(SL) JA23MC, arrived at the airline's base of Kitakyushu (KKJ/RJFR) from Toulouse as flight 7G5931 on January 24th. Configured with 150 seats, 'Spirit of Kitakyushu' was handed over on January 20th. It is the fourth sharklet-equipped A320 in their fleet. Star Flyer's fleet now stands at 11, as two older A320s have already been returned to their lessors.
Airbus A320-214 JA08MC, Star Flyer's 8th aircraft, at Kitakyushu. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

In other news, Star Flyer has managed to find 26 voluntary retirements, reducing the number of employees to 660, as part of the current restructuring plan. They will also suspend all four daily Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB) - Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) round-trips after February 19th, followed by their double daily Kitakyushu - Busan/Gimhae (PUS/RKPK) route, their sole international service, after March 29th, and reduce the fleet to nine A320s. Its eight executives have taken 15-30% salary cuts. Meanwhile, the airline will start placing All Nippon Airways' (NH/ANA) code on all of its 10 Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) - Fukuoka round-trips on February 1st, as well as on all three of its new Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG) - Fukuoka flights to be launched on March 30th. Star Flyer is owned 17.26% by ANA Holdings.

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