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A ground staff member of Skymark Airlines guides a customer at Tokyo's Haneda Airport/AFP


Skymark shares slump after Airbus cancels deal

A ground staff member of Skymark Airlines guides a customer at Tokyo's Haneda Airport/AFP

A ground staff member of Skymark Airlines guides a customer at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport/AFP

TOKYO, July 30- Shares in Skymark plunged for a second straight day Wednesday wiping out a quarter of its value — about $64 million — after Airbus said it has cancelled a deal with the Japanese budget airline worth more than $2 billion.

The firm closed down 13.60 percent at 216 yen after the European plane maker late Tuesday said it had pulled out of the deal for the purchase of six A380 superjumbos, with reports saying it was over concerns about payment.

It had already slumped 13 percent Tuesday in response to a French newspaper report that Airbus was about to make the move.

The Japanese airline had said it was negotiating with Airbus to “revise” the $2.2 billion order, which was signed three years ago.

Skymark said the deal was in trouble as a sharp decline in the yen since late 2012 had jacked up the cost of purchasing the jets, while it also faced increasingly fierce competition.

The airline recently posted its first net loss in five years owing to stiff competition in the domestic market.

Skymark, which launched in 1998, flies dozens of domestic routes with a fleet of thirty aircraft.

It reports its latest financial results on Thursday.

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