9-Mar-2011 10:41 AM

Jetstar has made no joint approach with Spring to enter Japanese market

Jetstar Head of Corporate Relations Simon Westaway stated (08-Mar-2011) the carrier has held no discussions with Spring Airlines for the launch of Japanese operations and has not made any such joint approach to Japan's MLIT. Mr Westaway stated the carrier's operations in Japan "remain centred on value based international flying to both Australia and Singapore (via Taiwan)" and that Jetstar's pan-Asian plan, which includes "exploring opportunities across Asia" is "key to the Qantas Group's growth strategy". He also noted that the Qantas Group has a close relationship with Japan Airlines, which includes codeshare arrangements on Jetstar and Qantas international services between Australia and Japan. The comments were made following reports that Jetstar and Spring Airlines were planning to enter Japan's domestic market (The Yomiuri Shimbun, 07-Mar-2011). The report stated that the carriers were considering establishing domestic corporations with investment from Japanese firms.

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