Asia Bizz: Skymark Airline, the low cost Japanese carrier announced on February 8, 2012 that it would order six Airbus A330-300 planes, the delivery of which would begin from the year 2014. Skymark said that it has ordered more planes to fly international routes and also challenge its larger rivals.

In a statement, the airline said that it plans to order A330-300 after choosing Airbus A380 and referred to the decision to buy A380 super jumbos and became the first Japanese airlines to do so. The statement added that Skymark Airlines is working towards building up their network to offer customers high quality and easy to use service.

The order by Skymark has marked the strong relationship with Airbus in a country where American plane manufacturer Boeing dominates . The airline did not disclose the routes it planned to use the new A330, which comes with a twin engine, long haul plane with a capacity of up to 300 passengers.

Skymark started off in the year 1998 and at present has about 20 routes in Japan.