Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Solaseed Air loads Okinawa to Ishigaki and Nagoya.

On January 21st, Skynet Asia Airways [6J/SNJ] (d.b.a. Solaseed Air) announced the details of its new routes from Okinawa/Naha [OKA/ROAH] to Ishigaki [ISG/ROIG] and Nagoya/Chubu Centrair [NGO/RJGG] (Solaseed Air to add Ishigaki and Nagoya from Okinawa.) that will be launched from March 29th, the beginning of the Summer 2015 timetable.

Boeing 737-86N(WL) JA805X Nishimera Karikobozu Go is seen between flights at Miyazaki Airport. Nishimera, a village in Miyazaki prefecture, is the sponsor for the billboard title, and Karikobozu is their mascot. (Photo: Solaseed Air)

The former will be served twice daily and the latter once daily using 174-seat Boeing 737-800s. For scheduled flights, both destinations are seeing the airline for the first time. All Nippon Airways [NH/ANA], whose parent ANA Holdings owns 8.56% of Solaseed Air, will put its code on all three round-trips, and instead will drop an identical number of frequencies on the same routes.

Flight Schedule:
Naha – Ishigaki NEW 2 daily with 737-800. (Mar/29 - Oct/24)
6J045 OKA 1115 – 1215 ISG 73H Daily *Departs/arrives 10 minutes early Jul/1 - Sep/30.
6J049 OKA 1745 – 1845 ISG 73H Daily
6J046 ISG 1250 – 1345 OKA 73H Daily *Departs/arrives 10 minutes early Jul/1 - Sep/30.
6J050 ISG 1920 – 2015 OKA 73H Daily

Naha – Chubu Centrair NEW daily with 737-800. (Mar/29 - Oct/24)

6J070 OKA 1200 – 1410 NGO 73H Daily *Arrives 5 minutes late Jul/1 - Sep/30.
6J069 NGO 1445 – 1710 OKA 73H Daily *Departs 5 minutes late Jul/1 - Sep/30. 

The Miyazaki [KMI/RJFM]-based carrier is taking delivery of its 12th 737-800 in March, and it has been anticipated that new routes would be launched, in addition to planned international charters (Solaseed Air eyes international charters in FY2015.) to China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Although not designated a hub, Solaseed Air has a growing Naha operation, with two daily flights to Kagoshima [KOJ/RJFK], three to Kobe [UKB/RJBE], and one to Miyazaki.

The mid-cost carrier code-shares with ANA throughout its entire network, coordinating closely with its de facto parent. As witnessed, Solaseed Air's launch of these two new routes is virtually another transfer of some flights from ANA.

Source: Skynet Asia Airways, January 21st. (in Japanese)

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