san747
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Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:50 am

Just a quick notice... The New Kitakyushu airport opens today according to Airliner World magazine. It replaces the old airport, which had a 5,000 something foot runway in hilly terrain with an 8,200 foot runway in the bay.

Starflyer, a new airline based at New Kitakyushu airport, starts operations today with its three A320s from that airport to Tokyo Haneda. Here is the first A320 in its striking livery:


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Didn't see a thread about this, so I thought I'd just let people know.

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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:18 am

Quoting San747 (Thread starter):
its three A320s from that airport to Tokyo Haneda. Here is the first A320 in its striking livery:

How soon do you think before they get rid of those A320 and get B738's.

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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 12:45 am

Quoting San747 (Thread starter):
The New Kitakyushu airport opens today according to Airliner World magazine.

What's the airport's code? I'll admit to not knowing where that is in Japan, but as an airline/airport fanatic, I'd like to zoom over on google earth. If you've already pinpointed it... Please send a link.  bigthumbsup 

Can you also give more info on Starflyer?

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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:43 am

Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 2):
What's the airport's code?

IATA code is KKJ, ICAO code is RJFR.

Quoting Lightsaber (Reply 2):
Can you also give more info on Starflyer?

According to Wikipedia, Starflyer has started flying KKJ-HND 12x daily. I quote Wikipedia: "Once the Kitakyushu-Tokyo route is well established the airline plans to open routes to Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul from Kitakyushu."

The A320s are configured with 144 seats, each with PTVs and hookups for laptops.
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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:47 am

thats one immense livery! so rare to see black, esp over the top of the fuselage. best of luck to them!!
 
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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:47 am

Just some additional information:

New Kitakyushu will host the following airlines/destinations:

JAL to HND 4x daily
Starflyer to HND 12x daily
J-Air to NGO (Komaki) 3x daily
JTA to OKA 1x daily
China Southern (charters, possible scheduled service)
Vladivostok Airlines seasonal to Vladivostok
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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:46 am

Interesting livery, a little too much black for my taste.

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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 8:58 am

Actually a thread was posted on March 16th but died very quickly (7 hits).

By the time this thread started the other one was already on the 2nd page.
Kitakyushu Airport Has Opened

Star Flyer's website (Japanese) They used to have an English site but it seems to have disapeared.

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RE: Newest Airport/Airline In Japan Starts Today!

Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:25 am

Looks like some nice seats!! From their website...



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