TOKYO, July 1 AirAsia Bhd will partner
with online retailer Rakuten Inc to set up a discount
carrier in Japan, marking the second attempt by the Malaysian
budget carrier to expand in the Japanese market.
AirAsia's partners will also include Noevir Holdings Co Ltd
, sporting goods company Alpen Co Ltd and
Octave Japan Infrastructure Fund, AirAsia Japan CEO Yoshinori
Odagiri told a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The carrier will fly both domestic and international routes,
Odagiri added. Details about the how much the airline would cost
and the partnership stakes was not immediately available.
AirAsia previously had a budget carrier joint venture in
Japan with ANA Holdings Inc but they dissolved the partnership
(Reporting by Teppei Kasai and Tim Kelly; Editing by Miral