AirAsia Japan, the joint venture between AirAsia and All Nippon Airways (ANA) has received its Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The new low-cost carrier, which will begin operations from August, will be based at Tokyo Narita. International services are scheduled to launch Oct. 1. From 2013, it plans to offer Airbus A330 services to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore (ATW Daily News, Nov. 8, 2011).

ANA Group CEO Shinichiro Ito said, “This is a start of a new age in Japanese aviation history with a full-fledged low-cost carrier beginning operations in the largest aviation market in this country this year for the first time. We aim to generate new demand in this industry together as a whole. ANA believes that AirAsia Japan will make air transport more accessible and provide a convenient and efficient travel option for a wide range of people.”