Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines has announced its intent to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next single-aisle aircraft type, making it Japan's first airline...

Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines has announced its intent to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next single-aisle aircraft type, making it Japan’s first airline to do so.

Skymark Airlines’ announcement came on the first day of the Paris Air Show 2013.


Boeing has named its new, re-engined 737 family the 737 MAX and the capacity-equivalent of the 737-800 (the highest-selling version of the 737NG family) is to be the 737 MAX 8

Boeing has named its new, re-engined 737 family the 737 MAX and the capacity-equivalent of the 737-800 (the highest-selling version of the 737NG family) is to be the 737 MAX 8

 

The manufacturer says it will work closely with Skymark Airlines to finalize a firm Boeing 737 MAX order in the coming months.

“We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Boeing and work together on the renewal of our single-aisle fleet,” says Shinichi Nishikubo, president and CEO of Skymark Airlines. “The Next-Generation 737 has been a key driver of our successful growth, and we are sure that the 737 MAX will provide us with even greater efficiency and competitive edge as we move into the next stage of expansion.”

Based at its Haneda Airport hub in Tokyo, Skymark Airlines currently operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 737-800 jets on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and other lessors.

According to Boeing, airlines operating the Boeing 737 MAX will see a 13 per cent fuel-use improvement over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.

Skymark Airlines has been flying since 1996. It now operates a fleet of 30 Boeing 737-800s on a network covering 25 domestic routes spanning the length and breadth of Japan, offering 78 round-trip flights per day.