Jetstar Japan

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Jetstar Japan
Jetstar logo.svg
Founded 2011
Commenced operations 2012
Frequent-flyer program JAL Mileage Bank
Fleet size 19
Destinations 10
Headquarters Narita, Japan
Key people Miyuki Suzuki (鈴木 みゆき Suzuki Miyuki) (CEO)
Revenue JPY 29.1 billion (June 2014)[1]
Operating income JPY -11.1 billion (FY June 2014)[2]

Jetstar Japan Co., Ltd. (Japanese: ジェットスター・ジャパン株式会社 Hepburn: Jettosutā Japan Kabushiki Kaisha?) is a low-fare domestic Japanese airline. Initially planned to commence flights in late 2012,[3] it launched ahead of schedule on 3 July 2012.[4] The airline serves nine destinations, all of which are in Japan, using a fleet of 19 Airbus A320 aircraft.

The airline plans to expand its initial fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft to a total of 24 within the first few years of operation.[3] Jetstar Japan competes against Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air in the domestic low-cost market.[4]

Corporate structure[edit]

The head office of Jetstar Japan is in Narita, Chiba.[5][6] It is owned by Qantas (33.3%), Japan Airlines (33.3%), Mitsubishi Corporation (16.7%), and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation (16.7%).[7] Total capitalisation committed to the new airline is up to ¥12 billion.

In November 2013, Qantas and Japan Airlines each injected ¥5.5 billion of fresh capital in the form of non-voting shares. This kept the ownership structure the same however both Qantas and Japan Airlines economic interest in Jetstar Japan rose to 45.7% each. [8]

Financial performance[edit]

For the year ending June 30, 2013 Jetstar Japan earned total revenue of JPY 12.8 billion and made a loss of JPY 8.8 billion. [9]

For the year ending June 30, 2014 Jetstar Japan's total revenue increase to JPY 29.1 billion but its loss also increased to JPY 11.1 billion. [10]


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.[11]

Jetstar Japan announced that it would commence operations on 3 July 2012 using Narita Airport as a hub.[12] 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.[13]

The airline also announced that it would establish Kansai International Airport in Osaka as a second hub, and started service from Osaka to Okinawa on 28 October 2012. The Kansai hub was originally planned to open on July 18, 2013, but the opening has been postponed due to issues in improving maintenance procedures following a warning from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.[14] CEO Miyuki Suzuki told the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in July 2013 that Jetstar Japan was focused on the domestic market from Narita for the foreseeable future, and would try to optimize its schedule for connecting traffic to and from Jetstar international flights.[15] Suzuki stated in August 2013 that Jetstar Japan hoped to decide the timing of the Kansai hub opening within 2014.[16]

The Osaka base was opened in June 2014 with frequencies increased on existing routes to Fukuoka, Sapporo, Okinawa and Tokyo.[17] No new routes were added to the base at that time however Jetstar Japan announced on July 16th, 2014 the addition of daily service to Oita from October 9th, 2014 and announced further expansion on August 20th, 2014 with the addition of twice daily Kumamoto service from October 26th, 2014.[18] Twice daily service to Kumamoto will also commence from both Nagoya Chubu and Tokyo Narita International Airport on the same date.

At the same time as the Kansai International Airport base was opened in June 2014, CEO Miyuki Suzuki confirmed that deliveries of the airlines remaining A320's on order would be slowed down and spread throughout the next fiscal year. She also stated Jetstar Japan plans to commence International operations in Winter 2014/15 with initial destinations within a 4 to 5 hour redius of Tokyo Narita Airport.[19]

Unlike the two low-cost carriers affiliated with All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan has codesharing and frequent flyer mileage partnerships with its parent, Japan Airlines.[20] Jetstar Japan has connecting traffic to and from Jetstar international flights, and JAL international passengers can also connect on Jetstar flights.

From October 2014, Jetstar Japan also entered into a codeshare arrangement with American Airlines which will see American place their AA code on Jetstar Japan flights from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa, Osaka and Sapporo. [21]


Jetstar Japan serves the following destinations:


A Jetstar Japan Airbus A320

Jetstar Japan began operations with three aircraft and up to October 2013 was adding a new aircraft every 4–6 weeks. However due to delays in opening the second base at Osaka Kansai Airport along with restrictions imposed on the company by Japanese Authorities, the company paused its fleet expansion at 18 aircraft. Fleet expansion re-started in October 2014 with 3 new A320s to be delivered prior to the end of 2014 and the remaining 3 in 2015. [25]

Its fleet consists of the following aircraft as of October 2014:[26][27]

Jetstar Japan Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
Airbus A320-200 19 5 180
Total 19 5

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ [1] Retrieved 15 October 2014
  2. ^ "ジェットスター、営業赤字90億円 LCC3社の決算出そろう". 日本経済新聞. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Qantas spreads wings with Jetstar Japan
  4. ^ a b Jetstar Japan brings forward launch date to Jul-2012, names initial five domestic destinations
  5. ^ "運送約款" (Archive). Jetstar Japan. Retrieved on January 19, 2014. "当社の社名は、お客様の旅程表及び領収書に"GK"(当社の航空会社コード)と略記されることがあります。当社の住所は、千葉県成田市古込字朝日台92番地 ジェットスター・ジャパン株式会社です。"
  6. ^ "Conditions of Carriage." (Archive) Jetstar Japan. Retrieved on January 19, 2014. "Our address is Jetstar Japan, Narita Operation Centre 3F, Narita International Airport Terminal 2, Narita, Chiba, 282-0004."
  7. ^ "Jetstar Japan announces new strategic partner". JetStar. Retrieved 2012-04-13. 
  8. ^ "Qantas, JAL in cash boost for Jetstar Japan". The Australian. Retrieved 2014-10-11. 
  9. ^ name="financials">"ジェットスター、営業赤字90億円 LCC3社の決算出そろう". 日本経済新聞. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  10. ^ [2] Retrieved 15 October 2014
  11. ^ "Jetstar Japan receives AOC, prepares for first commercial service in Jul-2012". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Japan Announcement". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  13. ^ "JetStar Japan Launches Operation from 03JUL12: Operational Network". airlineroute. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  14. ^ (Japanese) :日本経済新聞. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  15. ^ (Japanese) :日本経済新聞. Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  16. ^ Yoshikawa, Tadayuki (13 August 2013). "ジェットスター・ジャパン、200万人突破 関空拠点化は年内に". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "JetStar Japan Launches critical Osaka Kansai base as Japan posts 8% domestic traffic growth publisher=Centre for Aviation". Retrieved 2014-09-2.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ "Jetstar Japan to Start Kumamoto Service from late-Oct 2014". 21 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "JetStar Japan slowing down aircraft deliveries publisher=Centre for Aviation". Retrieved 2014-09-1.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  20. ^ "明暗分けた「日本流サービス」 ピーチ、満足度「大手並み」". 日本経済新聞. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Retrieved 2014-10-28.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ a b c d e "JetStar Japan announces destinations for July 2012 take off". Jetstar Airways. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  23. ^ a b c Jetstar Japan adds three new domestic destinations to network. (2013-01-23). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  24. ^ "Jetstar Japan to Start Kumamoto Service from late-Oct 2014". 21 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  25. ^ [3] Retrieved 9 October 2014
  26. ^ Jetstar Japan Fleet Retrieved 12 October 2013
  27. ^ Our Company – Jetstar