Saturday, May 25

AirAsia eyes Japan tie-up

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KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s largest budget carrier, is expected to partner Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) to launch a new low-cost airline to boost revenue, reports said today.

An announcement to set up the airline, called AirAsia Japan, will be made next week, The Star reported, adding that the new carrier will initially serve domestic markets and eventually the region.

AirAsia officials could not be reached for comment, The Star said.

In February, ANA, Japan’s largest carrier, set up the country’s first budget carrier under the name ‘Peach Aviation’.

Anticipating booming Asian travel demand, the company was set up to be Japan’s main low-cost carrier operating both international and domestic routes. – Agencies