Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Skymark moves up Sapporo Airbus A330 ops to August 1st.

Skymark Airlines (BC/SKY) has moved forward the start date of Airbus A330 service to Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) to August 1st. Flights to be operated by the new Airbus wide-body are BC705/710, a morning round-trip linking the Hokkaido capital with Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT). It is eight days earlier than previously announced (Skymark to fly Airbus A330s to Sapporo from August.).
Airbus A330-343E JA330A/F-WWKH takes off from Toulouse. (Photo: Airbus)

It will coincide with the delivery of their third A330, and the Haneda – Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) route will also see increased A330 service, with the type operating on seven out of 10 daily round-trips. A330 frequency for the Sapporo route will be upped from October, when their fourth example enters service.

Airbus A330 Flight Schedule (August 1st - September 30th):
Haneda – New Chitose 1 of 8 daily operated with A330-300.
BC705 HND 0825 – 1000 CTS 333 Daily
BC710 CTS 1040 – 1220 HND 333 Daily

Haneda – Fukuoka 7 of 10 daily operated with A330-300.
BC003 HND 0740 – 0935 FUK 333 Daily
BC007 HND 0920 – 1110 FUK 333 Daily
BC013 HND 1235 – 1430 FUK 333 Daily
BC015 HND 1345 – 1540 FUK 333 Daily
BC017 HND 1505 – 1700 FUK 333 Daily
BC021 HND 1725 – 1915 FUK 333 Daily
BC025 HND 1835 – 2030 FUK 333 Daily
BC008 FUK 1015 – 1150 HND 333 Daily
BC010 FUK 1150 – 1325 HND 333 Daily
BC016 FUK 1510 – 1645 HND 333 Daily
BC018 FUK 1620 – 1755 HND 333 Daily
BC020 FUK 1740 – 1915 HND 333 Daily
BC024 FUK 1955 – 2130 HND 333 Daily
BC026 FUK 2110 – 2245 HND 333 Daily

Japan's third largest carrier has configured their brand-new A330s with 271 premium Green Seats, boasting a generous 38-inch (96.5 centimeters) seat pitch at seven-abreast (2-3-2), similar to Japan Airlines' (JL/JAL) Class J domestic business class. However, Green Seats offer a power port at every seat throughout the cabin, while Class J doesn't, and while JAL charges a minimum 1,000 JPY premium for Class J, Skymark has been keeping the price as same as their economy seats on the Boeing 737s.

After New Chitose, A330 operations will be expanded to Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) in February or March next year. A total of 10 aircraft will be acquired by September 2015.

Reference: Skymark Airlines, June 24th. (PDF; in Japanese)
Reference: Aviation Wire, July 4th. (in Japanese)

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