Japanese fund Advantage Partners is looking to invest in domestic airline Star Flyer Inc, offering much-needed funding amid a slump in air travel, Kyodo News reported on Monday.
Star Flyer is planning a third-party allocation of new shares to raise about 10 billion yen ($95 million), according to recent media reports. Advantage Partners is looking to take part, on condition that existing shareholders also participate, Kyodo said, citing sources.
Global airlines are facing record losses as the coronavirus pandemic discourages travel.
ANA Holdings Inc, Star Flyer’s biggest shareholder with an 18% stake, expects a net loss of around 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion) for the year to March and is eyeing cuts to both jobs and its aircraft fleet, a source with direct knowledge said last week.
ANA and its rival Japan Airlines are also getting government help, including a waiver on airport landing fees.
Star Flyer officials were not immediately available for comment. Its other investors include toilet maker Toto, Yaskawa Electric Corp and Nissan Motor Co.