Jetstar Japan’s first flight has taken off as a new era of domestic low fares travel is introduced into Japan.
On 3 July 2012, flight GK111, an Airbus A320 service with 180 passengers, departed Tokyo’s Narita Airport for the regional centre of Sapporo.
“With Jetstar we have developed a highly efficient low cost carrier model that enables us to stimulate new demand by making air travel more affordable,” said Mr Joyce.
“The strong customer response to Jetstar Japan shows there’s a huge appetite for low fare travel options in this market.
“We’re pleased to be starting services five months ahead of schedule and less than 12 months after the airline was first announced, made possible with support from our partners Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing.”
Well over 100,000 fares have been sold by Jetstar Japan since sales started in April 2012. The airline’s everyday fares to its five domestic destinations are currently the lowest in the market and are backed by its unique Price Beat Guarantee, which means Jetstar will beat any comparable fare by 10 per cent.
Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Japan, Miyuki Suzuki, said the new airline would help connect people across Japan with fares up to 50 per cent lower than full service alternatives.
JETSTAR JAPAN FARES AND FLIGHT FREQUENCIES
> Tokyo (Narita) ⇔ Sapporo (New Chitose) - from 3 July - 4 x daily - fares from 4,490 JPY (£36)
> Tokyo (Narita) ⇔ Fukuoka (Fukuoka) - from 3 July - 3 x daily - fares from 5,090 JPY (£41)
> Tokyo (Narita) ⇔ Okinawa (Naha) - from 9 July - 2 x daily - fares from 6,590 JPY (£53)
> Tokyo (Narita) ⇔ Osaka (Kansai) - from 9 July - 2 x daily - fares from 3,990 JPY (£32)
> Osaka (Kansai) ⇔ Sapporo (New Chitose) - from 24 August - 1 x daily - fares from 4,590 JPY (£37)
> Osaka (Kansai) ⇔ Fukuoka (Fukuoka) - from 24 August - 1 x daily - fares from 3,590 JPY (£29)
For bookings visit www.jetstar.com/au/en/home
More About Jetstar Japan
Jetstar Japan is a low fares airline flying domestically within Japan to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa from July 2012. Short-haul international flights are expected to start during 2013 subject to regulatory approval. The airline has a fleet of three new Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers, growing to 24 aircraft within the first few years. Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation.