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Name: SOLASEED AIR
7JetSet7 Code: SNU
Status: Operational
Region: ORIENT
City: MIYAZAKI
Country: JAPAN
Employees 6340
Web: skynetasia.jp
Email: t_inoue@skynetasia.co.jp
Telephone: +81 985890086
Fax: +81 985691011
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

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SNU LOGO
SNU-2011-06-REBRAND-737-81D
SNU-2012-10 - UPDATE

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2002. ESTABLISHED AS PAN ASIA AIRLINES. FORMERLY "SKYNET ASIA AIRWAYS" ALTHOUGH THE COMPANY'S OFFICIAL NAME IS STILL "SKYNET ASIA AIRWAYS." DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
Miyazaki Kuukou Building 2F
Oaza Akae
Miyazaki Shi Miyazaki Prefecture 880-0912, Japan

JAPAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 660, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 377,815, SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 125 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TOKYO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS JAPANESE.

AUGUST 2002: TO TOKYO (HANEDA) (5/DAY). SERVICE FROM MIYAZAKI ON JAPAN'S SOUTH ISLAND OF KYUSHU TO TOKYO HANEDA. LATER, SERVICE TO FUKUOKA. IN 2003, FUKUOKA - SEOUL.

October 2002: "Kyodo News International" stated: Skynet Asia Airways failed to pay the state about 70 million YEN in landing fees and other costs by a October 2002 deadline. The arrears consist of costs for landing permits and fees for using aviation facilities for July 2002 & August 2002.

November 2002: In June 2003, plans to add Tokyo (HND) - Kumamoto.

2 orders (June 2003) 737-400's.

June 2003: 330 employees.

July 2003: 2 737-4H6's (27086, JA737C; 27168, JA737D), ex-Jet Airways (JPL), Anzef leased.

August 2003: Tokyo (Haneda) - Kumamoto (5/day).

November 2003: To test market, operates flights with all-male flight attendants (CA) in a bid to attract female passengers. Is offering all-male cabin service on its Tokyo - Miyazaki route. Four male cabin attendants (CA) wearing bow ties will introduce themselves to customers and offer to have photos with them in addition to providing normal drink service.

May 2004: Skynet Asia (SNU) is a Japanese low-cost carrier operating services between Miyazaki and Tokyo. Plans route expansion to key cities in Japan and across Asia.

(IATA) Code: 6J - 602. (ICAO) Code: SNJ (Callsign - NEWSKY).

Parent organization/shareholders: Hiro Hattori (100%).

737-4YO (26069, JA737E), GECAS (GEF) leased.

July 2004: Received $32 million from the Japanese government through the Industrial Revitalization Corporation to save it from collapse.

2003 = -$9.2 million (net loss).

December 2004: 330 employees.

March 2005: 1 order 737-86N (34247), GECAS (GEF) leased.

May 2005: 737-43Q (28492), ex-Asiana Airlines (AAR), Boullioun (BOU) leased.

March 2006: All Nippon Airway (ANA)'s code share agreement with Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) will commence April 1 and calls for the placement of (ANA)'s code on (SNU) flights from Tokyo Haneda to Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Nagasaki. (SNU) flights will be available through (ANA) sales and reservation systems. In addition, (SNU) will move from Terminal 1 at Haneda to (ANA)'s Terminal 2, where its customers will have access to (ANA)'s self-serve check-in and ticketing kiosks.

May 2008: Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced the following policies that will take effect when Tokyo Haneda's fourth runway opens in 2010, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported: Night curfew will be reduced to 10 pm from 11 pm, to "allow more convenient schedules for USA and European flights," international slots will be restricted to 30,000 until October 2010, and eventually will increase to 60,000, with new slots going to "expansion of Asian city routes where business need is strongest," and domestic slots will double to 20,000 annually.

June 2009: Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) reported a +1.4% year-on-year revenue increase for the 12 months ended 31-Mar-2009, Fiscal Year (FY) 2008/2009) $235.1 million. (SUN) reported an operating profit of +$1.5 million, which was down -61.9% year-on-year, as operating costs increased +2.5% to $233.6 million for the period. (SNU) cited increased fuel and maintenance costs as key reasons behind the increase in operating costs.

TRAX USA will supply Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) with its EVO solution, the latest version of its TRAX Maintenance software.

September 2009: SR Technics (SWS) announced a five-year extension of its integrated component solutions agreement with Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) covering its eight 737-400s.

737-43Q (28491, JA737G), (GECAS) (GEF) leased.

February 2010: Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) of Japan announced the lease of one 737-800 from (AWAS) (AWW) for delivery in the summer of 2011. It currently operates nine 737-400s. The airplane will feature the "Boeing Sky Interior."

February 2011: Skynet Asia Airways (SNU) operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations:

* Tokyo Haneda Airport - Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita.

* Okinawa Naha Airport - Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki.

June 2011: Rebrands as "Solaseed Air" (SNU) although the company's official name remains as "Skynet Asia Airways" - - SEE ATTACHED NEW LIVERY ON - - "SNU-2011-06-REBRAND-737-81D."

737-81D (39415, JA801X), (AWAS) (AWW) leased - - 1st (SNU) airplane with Boeing Sky Interior.

August 2011: Solaseed Air (SNU) recently re-branded from "Skynet Asia Airways" (the company's official name is still Skynet Asia Airways) is a Japanese low-cost carrier (LCC) operating jet airplane services between key cities in Japan and regional services across Asia.

Company slogan: "Seed Smiles in the Sky."

(IATA): LQ. (ICAO): (SNJ) (Callsign - NEWSKY).

Parent organization/shareholders: Miyakoh (41.9%); All Nippon Airways (ANA) (14.99%); Mera Electric Industrial Corporation (11.7%); Miyazaki Prefecture Support Fund (3.3%); Skynet employees Shareholding Corporation (2.2%); Sojitz (1.8%); others (24.2%).

Alliances: All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Main Base: Miyazaki Airport (KMI).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Kumamoto; Miyazaki; & Tokyo.

September 2011: (MTU) Maintenance Zhuhai signed a contract with Solaseed Air (SNU) to perform maintenance on (SNU)'s (CFM56-7) engines. The agreement runs for an initial five years.

October 2011: ST Aerospace won a contract to support Solaseed Air (SNU)ís fleet of (CFM56-7B) and (CFM56-7BE) engines over five years. It will provide off-wing engine maintenance support, technical support and short term leasing of the engines for (SNU).

737-81D (39418, JA802X), (AWAS) (AWW) leased.

February 2012: 737-86N (39395, JA803X), delivery with Boeing Sky Interior.

September 2012: Solaseed Air (SNU) is considering launching international operations in 2014.

November 2012: (MTU) Maintenance Zhuhai signed engine maintenance contracts with China Postal Airlines (CPZ) and Solaseed Air (SNU) covering (CFM56-3) engines.

March 2013: (GE) Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEF) announced delivery of two new 737-800s to Solaseed Air (SNU) to help renew (SNU)ís fleet. Both airplanes came from (GEF)ís existing order book with Boeing (TBC). SEE PHOTO - - "SNU-737-800 - 2013-03."

Solaseed Air (SNU) operates a fleet of 14 airplanes to seven destinations in Japan.

June 2013: 737-86N (39395, JA803X), Sumimoto Mitsui Finance & Leasing Company leased.

July 2013: 737-86N (39431, JA807X - - SEE PHOTO - - "SNU-737-800 - 2013-07"), delivery.

April 2014: Solaseed Air ((IATA) Code: 6J, based at Miyazaki) (SNU) has taken delivery of its first of three 737-800s on lease from (GE) Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEF). The 737-800 (41247, JA809X) was ferried from Everett to Japan and will be joined by the other two jets later in the year.

As it now stands, Solaseed Air (SNU) operates a fleet of nine 737-800s and four 737-400s on flights throughout Japan, including Tokyo Haneda, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, and Kobe.

(SNU) currently operates 13 airplanes domestically and serves 8 destinations, 8 routes and 62 daily flights.

October 2014: Solaseed Air (SNU) has retired the 737-400 from revenue service following the type's last scheduled flight between Kumamoto and Tokyo Haneda on September 29. In anticipation of the 737-400's retirement and its associated drop in capacity, (SNU) has moved to supplement its existing fleet of eleven 737-800s with additional leases.

As it stands, (JTA) - Japan Transocean Air ((IATA) Code: NU, based at Okinawa Naha) (SWL) is Japan's last remaining operator of the 737-400 with a dozen still in operational service. However, (SNU) does plan to begin their replacement with a new fleet of 737-800s starting in January 2016.

April 2015: (GE) Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEF) delivered a new leased Boeing 737-800 to Solaseed Air (SNU).

Solaseed Air (SNU) operates a fleet of 12 Boeing 737-800 airplanes to destinations in Japan.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
SNU-737-46Q-A
SNU-737-46Q
SNU-737
SNU-737-400 - 2014-10
SNU-737-800 - 2013-03
SNU-737-800 - 2013-07

November 2016:

0 737-4H6 (CFM56-3C-1) (2426-27086, /93 JA737C; 2435-27168, /93 JA737D), EX-(JPL), ANZEF LSD 2003-07. RTND. 150Y.

0 737-4MO (CFM56-3C1) (3018-29201, /98 JA737V, 2006-09; 3025-29202, /98 JA737W, 2006-08; 3049-29203, /98 JA734H, 2010-07), SAILPLANE LEASING LSD. 3 RTND. 168Y.

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C1) (1805-24545, /90 JA391K), (GEF) LSD 2008-07. RTND. 168Y.

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3C-1) (2352-26069, /92 JA737E), 2004-07. "THANKS 7 MILLION PASSENGERS" TITLE. 168Y.

0 737-43Q (CFM56-3C-1) (2832-28491, /96 JA737G), (GEF) LSD 2009-09. 168Y.

0 737-46M (CFM56-3C-1) (2847-28660, /97 JA392K), GI QUALITY LSD 2009-01. 168Y.

0 737-46Q (CFM56-3C-1) (2837-28492, /96 JA737F), EX-(CAF)/(AAR), "THANKS 7 MILLION PASSENGERS" TITLE. (BOU) LSD 2005-07. CONV TO F AND TO FARNAIR EUROPE 2014-02. 168Y.

0 737-46Q (CFM56-3C-1) (3033-29000, /98 JA737A; 3040-29001, /98 JA737B), "MIYAZAKI," EX-(IST), (BOU) LSD 2002-02, 168Y.

2 737-81D (CFM56-7B24) (3666-39415, /11 JA801X, 2011-06 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SNU-737-81D-2011-06-NEW LIVERY;"* 3816-39418, /11 JA802X, 2011-10), *REPAINTED INTO SPECIAL "GENKI FACTORY KINKO TOWN" COLORS. (AWW) LSD. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

2 737-81D (CFM56-7B24/26), (GEF) LSD 2013-03 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SNU-737-800 - 2013-03." WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

2 737-81D (CFM56-7B26) (39431, JA807X, 2013-07; 39433, JA808X, 2015-11), (AWW) LSD. 189Y.

0 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (34247, 2005-03; 34249, JA737K), (GEF) LSD. RTND. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26E) (3915-39395, /12 JA803X), WITH "BOEING SKY INTERIOR." (GEF) LSD 2012-02. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

2 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (4016-38026, /12 JA804X; 41247, /14 JA809x), (GEF) LSD. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

3 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (4327-38035, /13 JA805X; 4339-38036, /13 JA806X; 39431, /13 JA807X - - SEE PHOTO - - "SNU-737-800 - 2013-07"), (GEF) LSD. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (39395, JA803X), SUMITOMO MITSUI FINANCE & LEASING 2013-06. 189Y.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (43406, JA811X), REPAINTED INTO SPECIAL "OKINAWA SPRING CAMP 2016" COLORS 2015-11.

Management:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
SNU-1-HIROSHI TAKAHASHI - 2012-10

MITSUNORI MERA, CHAIRMAN.

HIROSHI TAKAHASHI, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) SOLASEED AIR (SNU).

Y AOYAMA, SECRETARY GENERAL SAFETY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE

TOSHIMITSU YAMASHITA, GENERAL MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (yamashita@skynetasia.co.jp).

TAKYOSHI OTSUBO, GENERAL MANAGER ADMINISTRATION.

MASAKI YOKOYAMA, GENERAL MANAGER, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) & ENGINEERING
(yokoyama@skynetasia.co.jp).

KAZ YOKOTA, GENERAL MANAGER CORPORATE PLANNING.

YOSHIZOU FUJITA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (fujita@skynetasia.co.jp).

 
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