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Toki Air
Toki-ea Kabushiki-gaisha
JA01QQ, Toki Air's first aircraft
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded29 July 2020; 3 years ago (2020-07-29)
Commenced operationsLate 2023 [1]
HubsNiigata Airport
Fleet size2
Destinations4 (planned after launch)
Parent companyTOKI Aviation Capital
HeadquartersNiigata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Key peopleHasegawa Masaki (President)

Toki Air, officially TOKI AIR Co., ltd. (トキエア株式会社, Tōke-ea Kabushiki-gaisha), is a Japanese low-cost, regional airline based at Niigata Airport. It was founded on July 29, 2020[2] and is expected to start operations in late 2023.

History[change | change source]

Toki Air was made in July 29, 2020 in order to connect regional and stray areas across the country. The company signed a agreement with the NAC for two ATR 72-600s. The company also signed a ten-year GMA with ATR for its two ordered 72-600s. Toki Air also plans to introduce the ATR 42-600S variant which is currently under development by ATR. Toki Air, is expected to have its first ATR 42-600S in early 2025. The cost of the airplane will make the company the first Japanese airline to operate this type of aircraft.[3]

Toki Air took delivery of its first ATR 72 on October 10, 2022.[4] The airplane arrived at its hub at Niigata Airport on November 5, 2022.[5]

The government of Niigata Prefecture extended 1.16 billion yen in financing to Toki on October 31, 2022.[6]

Toki formally signed up for an air operator's award on November 30, 2022, which was approved by the East Japan Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on March 31, 2023.[7] Toki would be the first new locally-owned Japanese airline in 14 years (after Fuji Dream Airlines).[8]

On August 28, 2023, a 66-year-old former worker of Oriental Air Bridge, who was the boss of the safety zone, was continued after it was discovered that the employee had illegally downloaded and transferred secret documents from the airline on November 25, 2022. The worker retired from the airplane business in December 2022 and later joined Toki Air. The employee told the truth and stated that "I took these (the papers), because I thought it would be useful my next company's work." Toki Air stated that they had lowered the rank of the employee and reported the incident to the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. Oriental Air Bridge in an talk stated that there was no impact of flight safety and the airline would work to prevent such incident from happening again.[9][10]

Fleet[change | change source]

JA02QQ, Toki Air's second aircraft

Current fleet[change | change source]

The Toki Air fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of October 2022):

Toki Air Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-600 2 0 70 First aircraft delivered in 2022.[4]
ATR 42-600S 0 4 48 Delivery planned in early 2025[11]

Toki Air is one of several airlines advising Heart Aerospace on its proposed ES-30 electric airliner.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. "新潟=札幌 (丘珠) 線運航ダイヤ並びに運賃のお知らせ" (PDF). トキエア株式会 社. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  2. "法人番号:4010001211244 トキエア株式会社". 法人データ.com. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  3. "New Japanese airline signs letter of intent with ATR". Japan Today. 2021-11-28. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Toki Air Has Its First ATR 72-600 And Readies For 2023 Launch". Simple Flying. 2022-10-11. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  5. "トキエア初号機お披露目". Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). 2022-11-06. Archived from the original on 2022-11-10. Retrieved 2022-11-12.
  6. "トキエア初号機、新潟県知事6日視察へ 新潟空港5日到着". 日本経済新聞 (in Japanese). 2022-11-04. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  7. 航空運送事業の許可について - 国土交通省 令和5年3月31日
  8. "トキエア、新潟空港に初のカウンター設置を発表". 日本経済新聞 (in Japanese). 2023-02-06. Retrieved 2023-02-06.
  9. "航空会社ORC元社員 営業秘密不正持ち出し疑いで書類送検" [Former ORC employee sent to prosecutors on suspicion of illegally taking out trade secrets]. NHK (in Japanese). 2023-08-28. Retrieved 2023-09-30.
  10. "オリエンタルエアの航空保安情報を持ち出しか、元管理職を書類送検…新規参入トキエアに入社" [Former manager sent to prosecutors for taking Oriental Air Bridge's aviation security information...New employee joins Toki Air]. 読売新聞 (in Japanese). 2023-08-28. Retrieved 2023-09-30.
  11. Tadayuki Yoshikawa (2021-09-07). "ATR、STOL型ATR42-600Sを25年納入開始 佐渡や小笠原視野" (in Japanese). Aviation Wire. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  12. "トキエア・新潟の挑戦まとめ読み 2号機が那覇空港到着". 日本経済新聞 (in Japanese). 2023-01-19. Retrieved 2023-02-06.

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