How Airbus May Put a Japanese Budget Airline Out of Business

Passenger stairs connect to an Airbus SAS A330 aircraft operated by Skymark Airlines in a hangar at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on March 7 Photograph by Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Nearly four years ago, Skymark Airlines, a Japanese budget airline with a meager but profitable domestic business, decided to buy the world’s largest airplane, the Airbus A380, with grand ambitions of becoming an international, premium-class player.

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