Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jetstar Airways Japan flying domestic in Japan by July 2012

There are good news for Japanese travellers who have long suffered from high domestic flight prices thanks to dominance by two major carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA): Budget airline Jetstar Japan, part-owned by Australia's Qantas, has just announced that it expects take to the skies ahead of schedule on 3 July 2012, flying initially to five major Japanese cities. These confirmed Japanese destinations are Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. Domestic services by Jetstar Japan will start ahead of schedule in July 2012 and Tokyo (Narita) is announced as first base.
"The launch network of Tokyo (Narita), Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa will be serviced by an initial fleet of three new A320 aircraft. Tokyo (Narita) has been confirmed as Jetstar Japan’s first base, with the airline now on track to be the first LCC to fly domestically from the nation’s capital. Fares and schedules will be announced soon. 
Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan said Jetstar’s history as the first low cost carrier to fly to Japan was accelerating launch preparations. “Serving the Japanese customer for the past five years with international services gives us a clear advantage in rolling out a domestic network,” Mr Buchanan said."
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 The fares and schedules are not announced yet but they will be announced soon. Meanwhile ANA has also agreed with Malaysia's AirAsia to launch AirAsia Japan in August 2012 while it is also planning to start budget flights with its venture Peach Aviation in March 2012. Peach will operate out of Osaka and Air Asia Japan will be based in Tokyo. [1]

"Jetstar Japan said it plans to offer short-haul international services to key Asian cities starting in 2013."[1]

[1] - Jetstar Japan to start domestic flights in July

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