Jetstar Japan announces destinations for Jul-2012 take-off
08-Feb-2012 Jetstar Japan has announced it expects take to the skies ahead of schedule on 3 July 2012, flying initially to five major Japanese cities.
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.
“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.
“The Jetstar brand is a known quantity in this market and that awareness is helping us put together a strong, hard-working local team.
“We’ve built up a lot of trust with Japanese consumers who know that when we say every day low fares, we mean it.”
The Jetstar Group’s status as the largest low cost carrier brand by revenue in the Asia Pacific means the Japanese domestic network will be supported by almost 60 other destinations, including Singapore, China, Vietnam and Australia.
Jetstar Japan CEO Miyuki Suzuki said the carrier was preparing for strong customer demand when fares to its first five destinations go on sale.
“In a country that’s never had a true low fares domestic network, the ability to travel for an average of 50 per cent less will open up new places and opportunities.”
Ms Suzuki said the reaction from Japanese people wanting to join the Jetstar team was extremely positive, with almost 10,000 expressions of interest received for cabin crew positions.
“The great response we’ve had from potential crew and the positive discussions we’re having with local airports has allowed us to bring our first flight forward by several months.”
(* Subject to regulatory approval)