Kansas City, KS – November 15, 2010: MetroAir today announced that the first of 16 new aircraft would enter into service serving existing and new routes. The first two aircraft, Airbus A330’s which were purchased in a deal with Empora Airlines earlier this year, will begin regular scheduled service between Los Angeles Ontario, California and Tokyo, Japan returning the airline to the land of the rising sun a year after pulling out.
Chief Executive Officer Matt Calsada had the following to say. “We are pleased to restore service to Tokyo. Japan, and specifically Tokyo are crucial to our global economy. As we begin to see financial improvements, our business customers are branching to make new relationships. We want to be a part of that initiative while strengthening our rapport with our business market.”
To further elaborate Chief Operating Officer Kim Gesch added “Returning to Tokyo was always on our agenda. It was just a matter of when the right moment was. Last year MetroAir made a wise decision to pull out of the Tokyo market when the numbers stopped making sense for us. Luckily for us, now is the time to get back in.”
While being non committal on further plans, executives have also publicly expressed interest in expanding their presence in Asia and have stated that they had been in recent discussions with the Chinese government to gain approval to begin service to the country. It has also been rumored that MetroAir plans to expand service to several European destinations in the near future though when questioned executives did not wish to elaborate stating that further news would be forthcoming as plans were finalized.