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Japan’s forgotten airlines: the Japanese LCC segment

7th January, 2010

Japan’s two major airlines – Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways – have featured prominently in the news of late, but very little is known about Japan’s low cost carriers, despite five LCCs operating in the market for most of last decade. They are mostly small and fairly fragile, but JAL's tribulations and the opening of a new runway at Tokyo Haneda Airport later this year could finally give them the opportunity to soar. [4982 words]

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This report contains the following subheadings:

  • Japan’s LCCs operating in the shadow of JAL and ANA 
  • Low levels of LCC penetration in Japan
  • Air Do currently the largest domestic LCC in Japan
  • Japan: One of the hardest hit by the current global economic crisis 
  • Tourism hit hard
  • Pump priming measures to be enacted in 2010
  • Japanese LCCs profitable in six months ended Sep-2009
  • USD14 million combined operating loss on USD1.3 billion of revenues in FY2008/09
  • Skymark back in the black
  • Skymark expecting a return to profitability in FY2009/2010
  • Skymark benefiting from B737-800 transition; preparing for Haneda expansion
  • Regulatory and slot barriers
  • Planning major expansion from Kobe
  • Skynet Asia Airways profitable; forecasting improved results this year  
  • Attempting to move beyond its domestic market
  • ICS agreement for fleet of eight B737s
  • Ibex Airlines reports a small profit in the first half
  • Starflyer's first half result in the black
  • Air Do soars (off a low base), with full year profit expected
  • Fuji Dream Airlines picking up JAL’s abandoned routes 
  • Outlook: Biggest year yet for Japan’s LCCs

This report contains the following charts and tables:

  • Key details on Japan’s LCCs
  • Skymark’s share prices soars in 2009; share slumps for JAL and ANA
  • Asia Pacific carriers’ share price growth in 2009
  • Domestic LCC penetration by capacity (seats): 2009
  • Japanese high-speed rail network
  • Japan domestic LCC capacity (seats) as % of total: 2001 to 2009
  • Japan domestic capacity share by carrier (seats per week as % of total): Jan-2010
  • International LCC penetration by capacity (seats): 2009
  • Japan international LCC capacity (seats) as % of total: 2001 to 2009
  • Japanese foreign visitors and year-on-year growth: Nov-2008 to Nov-2009 
  • Japanese departures and year-on-year growth: Nov-2008 to Nov-2009 
  • Key Japan economic statistics: 2000 to 2008
  • Japanese LCC financial results: Six months ended Sep-2009
  • Japanese LCC financial results: FY2007 vs FY2008
  • Skymark financial highlights for six months ended 30-Sep-2009
  • Skymark financial highlights for three months ended 30-Jun-09
  • Skymark updated forecast for FY2009/2010
  • Skymark previous forecast for FY2009/2010
  • Skymark fleet plans: Jan-2010
  • Tokyo Haneda Airport capacity (seats) share: Jan-2010
  • Kobe Airport capacity (seats) share: Jan-2010
  • Skynet Asia Airways financial highlights for six months ended 30-Sep-2009
  • Ibex Airlines financial highlights for six months ended 30-Sep-2009
  • Starflyer financial highlights for six months ended 30-Sep-2009
  • Starflyer capacity (seats) share by arrival city: Jan-2010
  • Air Do financial highlights for six months ended 30-Sep-2009
  • ANA’s domestic codeshare partners
  • JAL’s domestic subsidiary airlines