Monday, February 17, 2014

Star Flyer returns second Airbus A320 to lessor.

On the morning of February 14th, Star Flyer's (7G/SFJ) second aircraft, Airbus A320-214 JA02MC, left Japan. It departed the airline's base at Kitakyushu (KKJ/RJFR) as flight 7G9201 and arrived at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL) later that day for final maintenance checks prior to its return to lessor GECAS. JA02MC was delivered new to Star Flyer on January 28, 2006.
Airbus A320-214 JA02MC at rainy Haneda Airport in May 2011. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

This leaves only one more 144-seat A320 in the fleet, while others seat 150 passengers. The last, JA04MC, will also be retired after Star Flyer suspends Kitakyushu - Busan/Gimhae (PUS/RKPK), its sole but unprofitable international route, effective March 30th. As part of their restructuring, the low-fare premium carrier is reducing its fleet to nine. Three more A320s were planned for arrival during 2014 - 2015 but deliveries have been indefinitely deferred.

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