Jetstar Japan hits three million passengers

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Jetstar Japan now operates 17 A320s
Jetstar Japan now operates 17 A320s

Jetstar Japan has carried its three millionth passenger, just 18 months after it launched its first flight.

The low-cost carrier, which is based at Tokyo Narita Airport, commenced operations in July 2012 and has since expanded to a fleet of 17 Airbus A320 aircraft, serving nine domestic destinations.

This week, Jetstar Japan launched flights to another new city, Takamatsu, on the island of Shikoku. And the airline’s CEO, Miyuki Suzuki, said there was still plenty of scope for Jetstar Japan to expand in future.

“It is exciting to see the transformational affect low-cost carriers are bringing to Japan,” Ms Suzuki said. “Not only is Jetstar Japan growing but we are helping to stimulate overall market growth with record passengers now through ports such as Tokyo Narita and [Sapporo] Shin Chitose.

“It has not taken long for the Japanese consumer to adopt LCC travel reflective in our growing load factors and thousands of repeat customers,” she added.

Jetstar Japan became the country’s second LCC, following ANA’s Osaka-based subsidiary, Peach. It was soon joined at Narita by AirAsia Japan, but this venture closed after just 12 months, and will soon by replaced by another ANA-backed LCC, Vanilla Air.

Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between Qantas and Japan Airlines.
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