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Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today  
User currently offlinefactsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 898 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8431 times:

Today the City of Fukuoka on Japan's Southern Island of Kyushu gains its first non-stop air link to Europe, as KLM opens a 3x/weekly B772 service to AMS this morning. The AMS-FUK-AMS flight is codeshared with Air France.

This non-stop flight is in addition to existing KLM codeshares from FUK to AMS on Korean via Seoul and China Airlines via Taipei.

http://pcfs.fuk-ab.co.jp/en/flight/index.php?type=ID

www.klm.com

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User currently offlineAzure From France, joined Dec 2012, 626 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8172 times:

Quoting factsonly (Thread starter):
This non-stop flight is in addition to existing KLM codeshares from FUK to AMS on Korean via Seoul and China Airlines via Taipei.

(There is also an existing codeshare from FUK to CDG on JL via Haneda and Narita).
KLM is really expanding in Asia ! Congratulations.



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User currently offlineTC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 877 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8011 times:

How are the advance booking loads looking ?

User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

Did LH do a non stop at one time to FRA?

User currently offlineinfinit From Singapore, joined Jul 2008, 571 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7334 times:

Nice. SQ flies 5x weekly SIN-FUK. Heard both loads and yields are good on the route. Might fly this route sometime later in the year.

Fukuoka's been doing well economically too from what I gather. Perhaps FUK can capitalise on its close proximity to the other Northeast Asian giants, Korea and Taiwan for growth and become a mini hub of sorts?


User currently offlineSASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 771 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7215 times:
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I wonder how this route will be doing. A couple of years ago KL had flights to Nagoya and Sapporo and this route was cancelled after some time. On the other hand, KL has added capacity to KIX and NRT continuously the last couple of years so maybe this route can work.

User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6923 posts, RR: 63
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6953 times:

Quoting TonyBurr (Reply 3):
Did LH do a non stop at one time to FRA?

Dunno but BA used to fly there from LHR.


User currently offlineTC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 877 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6891 times:

No, LH never served FUK. I use this airport every year during my annual Japan visits and it's a great airport to use, also enjoy a day's spotting there when I can.
Whilst the international terminal is seperate on the other side of the runway from the domestic terminal it's only a few mins on the frequent bus link. Then it's literally only two stops /6 mins to the central Hakata station for all the rail links onwards.
How handy is that compared to the distance out from the city that NRT or KIX is.
  


User currently offlinetrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 567 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6627 times:

Inaugural flights:
KL869 AMS/FUK Scheduled arrival 8:20 Actual 8:05
KL870 FUK/AMS Scheduled departure 10:25 Actual 10:25

KL869 AMS/FUK Wed, Fri, Sun
Mon, Thu, Sat

KL870 FUK/AMS Thu, Fri, Sat


User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2956 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6230 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 6):
BA used to fly there from LHR

Yes, they did with 744 too. I am not 100% sure it was non-stop though. It may have been via HKG.

Quoting SASMD82 (Reply 5):
A couple of years ago KL had flights to Nagoya and Sapporo

Actually, it's more like 10 years ago that they discontinued that run. Still I would have thought AF or KL would serve NGO first than FUK, but I suppose AY & LH beat them there and there's no sense getting into a blood bath at NGO.


User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5984 times:

Quoting carpethead (Reply 9):

Actually, it's more like 10 years ago that they discontinued that run.

Indeed, it didn't even made it to the end of W11.

Quoting carpethead (Reply 9):
Still I would have thought AF or KL would serve NGO first than FUK, but I suppose AY & LH beat them there and there's no sense getting into a blood bath at NGO.

Probably more to do with the numer of pax they see connecting at ICN than LH and AY. AFAIK AY has been on this route for a few years (and LH even longer), thus KL knows how much passengers it could get to/from NGO (and FUK). Moreover doesn't Nissan have its logistics division somewhere around FUK?


User currently offlineBommerJan From UK - England, joined Dec 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

Did not AF fly to FUK way back in the 70s or 80s? Can someone check? with B707 and many stops?

User currently offlinefactsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 898 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

And here is the 1st flight FUK-AMS report:

http://fukuoka-now.com/2013/04/klm-f...kuoka-amsterdam-1st-flight-report/


User currently offlinegkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3583 times:

Any chance of a FUK-INN-HEL flight? Would be a licence to print money that  


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User currently offlinekochikaze From Palau, joined Apr 2012, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

Quoting BommerJan (Reply 11):
Did not AF fly to FUK way back in the 70s or 80s? Can someone check? with B707 and many stops?

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User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3019 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3118 times:
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Congrats to FUK and KLM!

The AFKL network in Asia is truly outstanding. Hopefully there's more to come, I'd love to see cities like TSN or KMG added as well.



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User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3019 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3109 times:
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Quoting factsonly (Reply 12):

And here is the 1st flight FUK-AMS report:

http://fukuoka-now.com/2013/04/klm-f...kuoka-amsterdam-1st-flight-report/


Looking at the pics... Did KLM rename the plane to "Fukuoka"? Look at the Kanji on the front of the plane.

Or do I need glasses now?



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 16):
Looking at the pics... Did KLM rename the plane to "Fukuoka"? Look at the Kanji on the front of the plane.

Or do I need glasses now?

I see the same thing as you... So maybe we both need glasses !

Nice to see that Fukuoka and KLM did a nice job of introducing this flight with the proper fanfare.

Loved this video from the KLM Magazine linked from the URL above:

http://www.iflymagazine.com/?locale=ot_en#/high/fukuoka/

I've been to Fukuoka a couple of times and it's a very pleasant city, cosmopolitan, laid back and very Japanese at the same time. Not to mention that it's a great base to explore Kyushu from. You've got great onsens like Yufuin, Beppu and Kurokawa, mountains like Mt Aso, and interesting cities like Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Sasebo just a stone's throw away.

Best of luck to KLM on this new venture !


User currently offlineteme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1528 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
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Quoting gkirk (Reply 13):
Any chance of a FUK-INN-HEL flight? Would be a licence to print money that

Did you got your routing correct ?! INN is Innsbruck. Why to go all the way to Austria and then to HEL?!



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User currently offlinembm3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 842 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
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Quoting teme82 (Reply 18):
Did you got your routing correct ?! INN is Innsbruck. Why to go all the way to Austria and then to HEL?!

If you read the codes as a word....



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