Jetstar Japan is a low-fare domestic Japanese airline, initially planned to commence flights in late 2012, but it launched ahead of schedule on 3 July 2012. The airline operates to five destinations, with Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa to be served from the carrier's main base at Tokyo Narita Airport, using a fleet of three new Airbus A320 aircraft.
It is owned by Qantas (33.3%), Japan Airlines (33.3%), Mitsubishi Corporation (16.7%), and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation (16.7%). Total capitalization commitment for the new airline is up to ¥12 billion.
The airline plans to expand its initial fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft to a total of 24 within the first few years of operation. Jetstar Japan will compete against Peach Aviation and AirAsia Japan in the domestic low-cost market.
On 6 April 2012 the airline was granted an Air operator's certificate by the Japanese MLIT, in preparation for the launch of services in July 2012.
Jetstar Japan announced that it would commence operations on 3 July 2012 using Narita Airport as a hub (subject to regulatory approval). The first route to be served was between Tokyo and Fukuoka, while services between Tokyo and Sapporo, Okinawa, and Osaka began on 9 July 2012, with services from Osaka to Fukuoka and Sapporo shortly after on 24 August 2012. The airline announced that it will establish Kansai International Airport as a second hub and started service from Osaka to Okinawa on 28 October 2012. The following airports will be served:
Jetstar Japan began operations with three aircraft and has since been adding a new aircraft every 4–6 weeks.
Jetstar Japan Fleet
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