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Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:43 pm

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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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:31 pm

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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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:04 pm

How are the advance booking loads looking ?
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:44 am

Did LH do a non stop at one time to FRA?
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:58 am

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?
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:09 am

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

Dunno but BA used to fly there from LHR.
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:24 am

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.
  
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:02 am

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
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:21 pm

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.
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:16 pm

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?
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:42 pm

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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Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:43 am

Any chance of a FUK-INN-HEL flight? Would be a licence to print money that  
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:30 pm

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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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:28 am

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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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:31 am

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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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:12 am

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 !
 
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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:09 pm

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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RE: Fukuoka Japan Gains Non-stop Link To Europe Today

Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:52 pm

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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