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Formed in 2002 and started operations in 2006. Formerly Kobe Airlines. Domestic, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
2-2-1 Komemachi, Kokurakita-ku
Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture 800-0306, 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.
December 2002: Founded as Kobe Airlines with the intention of being based at the new Kobe Airport,
May 2003: The company changed its name to StarFlyer (STF) and moved to Kitakyushu. Initially it was supported by local companies to provide a regular service from the Kitakyushu Airport (KKG) to the Tokyo International airport, Haneda (HND) 12x-daily, including late evening and early morning flights to allow day returns for business trips and sightseeing.
November 2005: Has filed for an Air Operators Certificate (AOC). Intends to operate Tokyo Haneda to Kitakyushu starting in May 2006 when the new airport at Kitakyushu opens. StarFlyer (STF) plans 12 times daily shuttle.
StarFlyer (STF) is backed by Kyushu businesses including Kyushu Electric Power Company, and the Kyushu Railway Company. Major shareholders include: Toto Corporation; Daiichi Kotsu Sangyo; Nippon Steel Company; Yasukawa Electric Corporation; Zanrin Inc; & the Bank of Yamaguchi.
December 2005: (http://www.starflyer.jp).
ILFC (ILF) announced the lease of an A320-200 to Star Flyer (STF) of Japan for 8 years. The new airplane is due for delivery in February 2007.
A320-214 (2620, JA01MC "City of Kitakyushu"), (GECAS) (GEF) delivery.
January 2006: Star Flyer (STF) of Japan plans to launch operations with 3 144-seat A320-200s, operating up to 12x-daily flights from the new Kitakyushu Airport to Tokyo Haneda. "We will offer higher prices than Skymark (SKM) but our fares will be around -20% lower than (JAL) or (ANA)," Senior Executive Director Yasushi Muto said. Launch capital for the new company is around $38 million. An Initial Public Offering (IPO) could be planned for 2008.
A booking center opened in Kokura. Seats for the 1st available flights sold out in 5 minutes confirming the popularity of the new venture especially among business travelers. Kitakyushi City required its employees to use (STF) for all business trips to and from Tokyo.
A320-214 (2658, JA02MC), delivery.
February 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) Technik (LTK) will provide Total Technical Support to StarFlyer (STF), a Japanese start-up set to launch March 16 using A320s.
A320-214 (2695, JA03MC), (GEF) leased.
May 2006: Star Flyer (STF) has launched services from the newly opened offshore Kitakyushu airport, operating to Tokyo Haneda airport, 9x-daily using A320's on lease from (GECAS) (GEF).
February 2007: A320-214 (3025, JA04MC), delivery.
April 2007: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will place its code on Star Flyer (STF)'s 10x-daily, Tokyo Haneda to Kitakyushu flights beginning June 1.
July 2007: The local "NHK Kitakyushu" news reported that seat bookings had increased by about 70% capacity from 59% after the code sharing with All Nippon Airways (ANA) began.
December 2007: All Nippon Airways (ANA) acquired a 1% stake.
November 2008: Star Flyer (STF) began code sharing with All Nippon Airways (ANA) on the Kansai to Haneda route.
December 2010: Charter flight: Kitakyushu airport KKG) - Seoul Incheon airport (ICN).
January 2011: A320-214 (4555, JA05MC), ex-(F-WWDG), delivery.
March 2011: 5th anniversary of start of operations!
Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Haneda (HND) airports partially reopened for some flights after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake forced the busy facilities to shut down for most of the day, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. Sendai Airport, close to the epicenter of the quake in northeast Japan, was inundated by a tsunami, with photos from the scene showing people gathered on the roof of a terminal to avoid flood waters.
News reports from Tokyo estimated that >20,000 people were stranded at (NRT) and (HND) in the aftermath of the earthquake. Airlines throughout the world announced that flights to Tokyo had been cancelled, delayed or diverted, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) saying around 130 of its flights were axed. Finnair (FIN) said it has canceled its flights to Tokyo and the return flights from Tokyo to Helsinki. Its flights to Nagoya and Osaka will operate normally. USA airlines canceled most flights to and from Japan.
"Kyodo" news agency reported that 700 flights overall have been cancelled as a result of the quake. Neither (NRT) or (HND) has reported serious damage. Some flights en route to Tokyo at the time of the quake were diverted to airports in southern Japan such as Osaka Kansai, while others went to Seoul Inchon.
August 2011: StarFlyer (STF) is a domestic low cost carrier (LCC) operating full service, 2 class, scheduled non-stop passenger services from Tokyo Haneda to Kitakyushi and Osaka Kansai. (STF) plans to introduce international flights such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Seoul, as well as services from Kitakyushu to additional major cities in Japan.
StarFlyer (STF) is known for its monochromatic look (black seats and even black toilet paper)!
Employees = 383.
(IATA) Code: 7G. (ICAO) Code: SFJ - (Callsign - STARFLYER).
Parent organization/shareholders: (ANA) Group (1%); Bank of Yamaguchi; Daiichi Kotsu Sangyo; Daiwa Securities; Doll Capital Management; Kyushu Electric Power; Nippon Steel Corp; Nissan Motor; Toto; Yasukawa Electric, and Zenrin.
Alliances: All Nippon Airways (ANA).
Main base: Kitakyushu Kokura airport (KKJ).
Hub: Tokyo International Haneda airport (HND).
Scheduled services: Tokyo International Haneda airport (HND) to Kitakyushu airport (KKG), and Tokyo International Haneda airport (HND) to Osaka Kanzai International airport (KIX).
September 2011: Mechtronix Systems will equip a new Kitakyushu Airport-based training center with 1 A320 full-flight simulator (FFS) to support the training requirements of StarFlyer (STF), which operates a fleet of 6 A320s on daily flights to Tokyo.
January 2012: Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) is currently recruiting Star Flyer A320 Flight Crew (FC) Captains based in Kitakyushu (near Fukuoka) through Hawaii Aviation. (FC) applicants can apply online.
March 2012: StarFlyer (STF) will launch 2x-daily, Kitakyushsu Kokura airport (KKJ) to Busan Gimhae airport (PUS) A320 service on July 12.
June 2012: (GE) Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEF) announced delivery of a new A320 to low-cost carrier (LCC) Star Flyer (STF) to expand its fleet.
StarFlyer (STF) operates passenger service to destinations in Japan with an all-Airbus (EDS) fleet that features leather seats, in-flight entertainment and extra legroom.
July 2012: On July 12, Star Flyer (STF) inaugurated services on the 240-km route across the Korea Strait, connecting Kitakyushu (KKJ) in the Japanese Fukuoka province and Busan (PUS) in South Korea. Shinichi Yonehara (STF)’s (CEO) said: “We will make every effort to become a bridge for Japan and South Korea. We are keen to explore further opportunities for international expansion.” (2x-daily) flights geared at passengers returning on the same day are offered on the route. All flights will be operated with (STF)’s A320s. SEE PHOTO - - "STF-2012-07 KITAKYUSHU-BUSAN - A320."
November 2012: Star Flyer (STF) has applied for traffic rights to be allowed to launch 2x-weekly scheduled charter flights between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Guam International (GUM) from April 26, 2013 using its fleet of A320-200s. (STF) so far only operates on 3 routes from Kita Kyushu Kokura (KKJ) to Busan Gimhae (PUS) and Tokyo Haneda (HND) and between Osaka Kansai International (KIX) and Tokyo Haneda (HND).
December 2012: (ANA) - All Nippon Airways has announced that it has acquired the stake of USA investment fund (DCM) in Star Flyer ((IATA) Code: 7G, based at KitaKyushu Kokura airport (KKJ)) (STF) for 2.4 billion Yen/approximately $285 million USD, increasing its stake in its code share partner from 0.93 to around 18%. StarFlyer (STF) currently operates 8 A320-200s from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Fukuoka Itazuke (FUK), KitaKyushu, and Osaka Kansai International (KIX) airports and between KitaKyushu and Busan Gimhae (PUS) airports.
Star Flyer (STF) has taken delivery of its 1st of 3 directly purchased A320s. The 150-passenger airplane is powered by (CFM56-5B4/P) engines.
(STF) will use the new airplane to strengthen its domestic network. (STF) operates an all-Airbus (EDS) fleet of seven leased A320s, the first of which was delivered in Toulouse exactly 7 years ago. Including this delivery, (STF)’s fleet will increase to 8 A320s; another 6 will be delivered both via lease and direct purchase.
March 2013: (AWAS) (AWW) Aviation Capital and KfW IPEX-Bank have signed a bilateral financing facility for up to 8 A320-200 aircraft. The financing facility is (ECA) supported and fronted by the German (ECA), Euler Hermes. The 1st airplane was delivered new to Star Flyer Inc (STF) and will be on a long-term operating lease to (STF). The transaction closed on March 20 2013. The remaining 7 airplanes are scheduled for delivery throughout 2013.
June 2013: A320-214 (5652, JA20MC), ex-(F-WWBO), (AWAS) (AWW) leased.
August 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Star Flyer (STF) is recruiting A320 Captains (FC) through Hawaii Aviation Contract Services (HACS).
October 2013: Star Flyer (STF) has boldly entered a highly competitive domestic route in Japan by launching (4x-daily) flights between Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Fukuoka (FUK). This is a 450 km route where (STF) will face not just competition from Peach (PCA) (4x-daily) (ANA) and Jetstar Japan (JJP) (both daily flights), but also high-speed rail. (STF) will use its A320s on the route.
January 2014: A320-214 (5931, JA23MC "Spirit of Kitakyushu), J A Mitsui leased.
October 2014: StarFlyer (STF) became the 3rd Japanese airline to serve the market between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Yamaguchi-Ube (UBJ) with the introduction of 3x-daily A320 flights on October 26th. The 798 km route is already served by All Nippon Airways (ANA) (42x-weekly) and Japan Airlines (28). To find the slots at Tokyo Haneda for this new service, (STF) has reduced frequency on its Fukuoka service from 10 daily flights to 7. (STF) now serves 4 destinations from Tokyo Haneda; Kitakyushi (84x-weekly), Fukuoka (49x-), Osaka Kansai (35x-) and now Yamaguchi-Ube.
December 2016: A320-214 (7414, JA24MC "City of Kitakyushu") leased via (ANA).