AirAsia to re-enter Japanese market

Jul 1, 2014

AirAsia to re-enter Japanese market

Malaysian budget airline AirAsia said Tuesday it is resuming domestic flights in Japan after withdrawing a year ago, aiming for a summer 2015 launch. Rakuten Inc., which runs an online travel site, is buying an 18 percent stake in AirAsia’s Japanese subsidiary, which is ...

Jun 26, 2014

Rakuten to enter budget airline business with AirAsia

Online retailer Rakuten Inc. is planning to enter the airline business in partnership with Malaysian discount carrier AirAsia, sources said Thursday. Rakuten is looking to invest in a low-cost carrier set up by AirAsia in Japan and to cooperate in establishing a seat-reservation system ...

AirAsia inn woos foreigners to Naha

Oct 28, 2013

AirAsia inn woos foreigners to Naha

by Keisuke Iwata

A budget hotel chain affiliated with Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia is seeking to draw Southeast Asian tourists to Japan after opening its first hotel in the country in August. The Tune Hotels chain opened the 140-room hotel in Okinawa after refurbishing an existing facility ...

ANA budget carrier to take hiatus

Jul 26, 2013

ANA budget carrier to take hiatus

The low-cost carrier currently known as AirAsia Japan, part of the ANA Holdings Inc. group, will suspend service during November and relaunch under a new name in December, sources said. ANA Holdings decided on the suspension to replace aircraft, renew services and fully review ...

Jul 25, 2013

AirAsia chief says new Japan venture possible

>Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia might join a new venture in Japan, chief executive Tony Fernandes said Wednesday. His comments came a month after AirAsia agreed to dissolve its joint venture with All Nippon Airways over management differences. AirAsia Japan is expected to close by ...

AirAsia pulling out of budget airline venture with ANA

Jun 26, 2013

AirAsia pulling out of budget airline venture with ANA

Malaysia’s AirAsia confirmed Tuesday it is ending its low-cost airline joint venture with All Nippon Airways. AirAsia, Asia’s largest budget airline company, said in a statement both had signed a termination agreement. “The joint venture, created two years ago under the name AirAsia Japan, ...

Shakeout looms in fledgling budget airline sector

Jun 25, 2013

Shakeout looms in fledgling budget airline sector

by Hiroshi Hiyama

Japan’s budget airlines have flown into turbulence, with AirAsia’s local carrier in danger of being grounded. But analysts say the popularity of discount flying should keep the fledgling sector in the sky. Earlier this month, Malaysia-based AirAsia warned it might pull the plug on ...

AirAsia to up overseas flights to offset weaker yen

Jun 7, 2013

AirAsia to up overseas flights to offset weaker yen

AirAsia Japan Co., one of the three Japanese low-cost carriers that started last year, is adding more overseas flights to increase foreign currency revenue to offset a rise in fuel and lease costs caused by a weaker yen. “We’re trying to balance the increase ...