Skymark Airlines Intends to Select the 737 MAX for Fleet Renewal Programme

Boeing 737-MAX9 ArtworkBoeing and Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines (Skymark) have announced the airline’s intent to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next generation single aisle aircraft of choice, making it Japan’s first airline to do so.  The announcement was made on the first day of the 2013 Paris Air Show.  Boeing says it will finalise a firm 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,” said 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 Next-Generation 737-800s on a lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and other lessors.
“Skymark is a pioneer in Japan’s commercial aviation market as they continue to introduce new and innovative airplanes,” said John Wojick, Senior Vice President of Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  “Under Mr Nishikubo’s leadership, Skymark became the first airline in Japan to bring the innovative Boeing Sky Interior to the travelling public onboard its fleet of Next Generation 737-800 airplanes.  And now Skymark is poised to become Japan’s first airline to enjoy the superior economic performance and environmental advantages of the 737 MAX.”
Skymark Airlines has been flying from its home-base in Tokyo since 1996.  It now operates a fleet of 30 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft on a network covering 25 domestic routes spanning the length and breadth of the country, with 78 round-trip flights per day.