back to all news

Japan’s Skymark Airlines cancels Airbus A380 orders

By Chris Chamberlin     Filed under: Airbus A380, skymark

Japan’s Skymark Airlines has scrapped plans for ‘all-premium’ Airbus A380 flights and cancelled its order for six of the superjumbos.

The low-cost airline's audacious gambit would have stacked the A380's upper deck with 114 business class seats, with 280 premium economy seats (shown below) on the lower deck, and launch a 'cut-price, all-premium service' shuttling between Tokyo, New York and London.

The premium economy cabin seats were to be arranged in 2-3-2 layout with an extra 8 inches (20cm) of pitch over standard economy seats, plus integrated leg rests for every passenger and shared AC power sockets.

In business class, however, Skymark had controversially opted for an angled lie-flat ‘sloping sleeper’ rather than a fully flatbed design.

But Skymark's financial misfortunes saw it ditch those plans and the six superjumbos initially ordered in 2011 against a list price of A$1.83 billion.

As the only Japanese airline to have ordered the Airbus A380, the revised fleet strategy comes just a month after Emirates’ staggering cancellation of 70 Airbus A350 aircraft.

Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter: we're @AusBT


About Chris Chamberlin

Chris lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, an opera ticket and a glass of wine!


Have something to say? Post a comment now!

1 on 29/7/14 by watson374

Perhaps somebody came to their senses and decided it was better to cancel than to carry the potential disaster.

2 on 29/7/14 by moa999

Also with Rolls Royce engines, so counts out Emirates.

Maybe a cheap offer to BA or Singapore?

3 on 29/7/14 by smit0847

Surprise, surprise....

I wonder if QF's older A380s will ever end up with JQ....

1 on 29/7/14 by watson374

If the Bali flights ever get popular enough, then they might do this. Then again, if the A321neo can reliably do Bali from the east coast, they might run multiple flights a day, and I think this is a better route (no pun intended).

1 on 29/7/14 by Doubleplatinum

Super sized bogan bus!

4 on 29/7/14 by Bizflyer

Even less orders for that big jet time to pull the plug airbus????

5 on 29/7/14 by Guy Betsy

Skymark could have just taken delivery of one of the jets and then perhaps wetlease it out?

6 on 30/7/14 by Riman09

Surprise, surprise indeed, if the pronouncements by Airbus salesman Leahy is anything to go by.

The fact they could not afford to take delivery, and lease them out is an indication of what the market prospects are.


Related News Items


Australian business traveller newsletter

Get Updates as they happen, tailored to your preferences, right in your inbox


What topics interest you?