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Formed and started operations in 2012. Start-up low cost carrier (LCC), domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Terminal 2, Narita International Airport
Narita City, 282-004, Japan
JAPAN WAS ESTABLISHED IN 660, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 377,815, SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 125 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TOKYO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS JAPANESE.
April 2012: JetStar Japan (JJP) was granted its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC).
July 2012: JetStar Japan (JJP) launched domestic operations, initially with Tokyo to Fukuoka on July 3rd, followed by services between Tokyo and Sapporo, Okinawa and Osaka on July 9th.
JetStar Japan (JJP) will be Qantas (QAN)'s low cost carrier (LCC) JetStar International (IMU)'s 3rd Asian subsidiary, following JetStar Asia (JSA) based in Singapore, and JetStar Pacific (PAH), based in Vietnam. From Australia, JetStar International (IMU) flies to Tokyo and Osaka via Cairns and the Gold Coast, wjile JetStar Asia has flights from Singapore to Osaka via Taipei.
JetStar group (CEO) Bruce Buchanan said the new domestic Japanese operations had the potential to be a major boost for Australian tourism. "It will make Australia accessible to new markets across Japan to access our existing flights into Cairns and the Gold Coast," Mr Buchanan said.
(JJP) (CEO) Miyuki Suzuki told the "Nihon Keizai Shimbun" that (JJP) was focused on the domestic market from Narita for the forseeable future, and would try to optimize its schedule for connecting flights to and from JetStar International (IMU) flights.
August 2012: Started services from Osaka to Fukuoka and Sapporo on August 24th.
June 2013: A320-232 (5649, JA13JJ), ex-(F-WWII), Qantas (QAN) leased.
October 2013: JetStar Japan (JJP), is a start-up low cost carrier (LCC) initially operating services from Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai International to Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. Plans to also operate short-haul international services to key Asian cities.
(IATA) Code: GK. (ICAO) Code: JJP - (Callsign - ORANGE LINER).
Parent organization/shareholders: Qantas (33.3%); Japan Airlines (JAL(/(JAS); Mitsubishi Corporation (16.7%); and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. Total capitalization commitment for (JJP) is up to Y 12 billion Japanese yen/$A 148.34 million. (JJP) has code sharing and frequent flyer mileage partnerships with part parent Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS).
In domestic operations, (JJP) competes with Peach (PCA) and Air Vanilla (WAJ).
Main Base: Narita International Airport (Tokyo).
Hub: Kansai International Airport (Osaka).
Domestic destinations: Fukuoka Airport; Kagoshima Airport; Matsuyama Airport; Nagoya Chubu Centrair International Airport; Oita Airport; Okinawa Naha Airport; Osaka Kansai International Airport; Sapporo New Chitose Airport; and Tokyo Narita International Airport.
November 2013: Qantas (QAN) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) have made a combined equity injection of ¥11 billion/$111 million (in the form of non-voting shares) in Jetstar Japan (JJP), a joint venture (JV) between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), Mitsubishi Corporation, and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation.
The investment, which will be shared equally by the 2 major shareholders, will increase their economic interest in the low-cost Japanese carrier from 41.7% each to 45.7% each. At the same time, the stakes held by Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing will reduce from 8.3% each to 4.3% each.
(QAN) said the equity injection would “support Jetstar Japan (JJP)’s future fleet and infrastructure growth, enabling (JJP) to capitalize on the significant potential of the low-cost carrier (LCC) market in the world’s 3rd largest economy.”
Jetstar Japan (JJP) began flying in July 2012 and operates a fleet of 18 airplanes to 9 domestic destinations. It has secured funding to add a further 6 airplanes to the fleet.
In June, (QAN) reduced its maximum planned equity investment in Jetstar Hong Kong (JHK) from $99 million to $66 million, following the introduction of a 3rd shareholder into that venture.
December 2013: Jetstar Japan (JJP) has added another domestic route from its base at Tokyo Narita (NRT). On December 10th it launched 2x-daily flights on the 600 km route to Takamatsu (TAK) using its 180Y-seat A320s. This brings to 8 the number of domestic destinations served by Jetstar Japan (JJP) from Tokyo Narita. No other carrier serves this airport-pair. However, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) both operate 6x-daily flights from Tokyo Haneda to Takamatsu.
July 2014: Jetstar Japan ((IATA Code: GK, based at Tokyo Narita) (JJP) has officially launched Osaka Kansai as its 2nd Japanese hub after Tokyo Narita. While the low cost carrier (LCC) 1st made mention of its plans to use Osaka as a 2nd hub, as far back as 2012, it has encountered delays largely due to violations of Japan's internal maintenance procedure regulations.
However, with all wrongs now righted, (JJP) now intends to increase its Kansai presence by +53% by growing services on its 4 existing routes namely: – Fukuoka, Okinawa Naha, Sapporo Chitose, and Tokyo Narita.
"Osaka Kansai - Fukuoka goes from a daily service in May 2014 to double daily in July 2014; Okinawa from daily to 3x-daily; Sapporo from 11x-weekly to 14x-weekly; and Tokyo Narita from 32x-weekly to 38x-weekly. In the peak August 2014 traveling season, some services will see further increases before decreasing in September 2014."
The report goes on to add that the establishment of the Kansai base will go a long way in boosting Jetstar Japan (JJP)'s utilization, "which has significantly lagged its main (LCC) competitor, Peach Aviation (IATA) Code: MM, based at Osaka Kansai) (PCA).
(JJP) currently operates 10 airplanes, domestically to 15 destinations, 13 routes and 53 daily routes.
November 2014: An expanding fleet of Airbus A320s is enabling Jetstar Japan (JJP) to dramatically boost its winter flight schedule.
Under the new arrangement, (AAL) will place its "AA" code on services operated by (JJP) between Tokyo Narita International Airport and Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa (Naha), Osaka (Kansai), and Sapporo (Shin Chitose), with 1st flights under the code share started October 26, 2014.
Andrew Nocella (AAL) Chief Marketing Officer said "We look forward to welcoming Jetstar Japan (JJP)'s customers on our direct flights from Tokyo Narita International Airport to our hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles. "We are delighted to work with (JJP), which is partly owned by 2 of our Joint Business Partners in Asia, Qantas Airways (QAN) and Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS)."
(JJP) is a partnership between the Qantas (QAN) Group, Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS), Mitsubishi Corporation, and the Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. It operates 18 Airbus A320 airplanes across ten destinations in Japan.
October 2014: News Item A-1: Jetstar Japan (JJP) has added Kumamoto (KMJ) to its domestic network with the launch on October 26th of services from Nagoya Chubu (NGO), Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Tokyo Narita (NRT). Kumamoto is located on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. All 3 routes will be served 2x-daily by (JJP)’s A320s. Although only the Nagoya Chubi route will face direct competition, there is considerable indirect competition on the other 2 routes.
Nagoya Chubu (NGO) to Kumamoto (KMJ) 14x- vs All Nippon Airways (ANA) 21x-.
Osaka Kansai (KIX) to (KMJ) 14x- vs (ITM) - (KMJ): (ANA) 42x-, Japan Airlines (JAL) 21x-.
Tokyo Narita (NRT) to (KMJ) 14x- vs (HND) - (KMJ): (ANA) 70x-, (JAL) 63x-, Solaseed Air (SNU) 35x-.
News Item A-2: American Airlines (AAL) customers will now have greater access to domestic Japanese destinations, thanks to a new code share agreement between (AAL) and Jetstar Japan (JJP).
November 2014: An expanding fleet of Airbus A320s is enabling Jetstar Japan (JJP) to dramatically boost its winter flight schedule.
December 2014: Low-cost carrier (LCC) Jetstar Japan (JJP) has revealed its 1st international destination will be Hong Kong, although the flight will be from Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX), rather than (JJP)’s main base at Tokyo Narita.
The (JJP) Airbus A320 service will be daily from Osaka Kansai (KIX), beginning on February 28. Rival Japanese (LCC) Peach Aviation (PCA) has its main base at Kansai, and already operates a route from there to Hong Kong. Mainline carriers such as Cathay Pacific (CAT) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), also have flights between these airports.
(JJP) has established Osaka Kansai as its secondary hub, although the majority of its flights are still from Narita. 4 of (JJP)’s 19 A320s are based at Kansai. Other overseas Jetstar (IMU) franchises also fly into Kansai (Australia-based Jetstar Airways (IMU) has 2 routes into this airport, as does Singapore-based, Jetstar Asia (JSA)).
Since launching in 2012, (JJP) has focused on building up its domestic network, although beginning international services is regarded as an essential milestone toward profitability for the carrier. (JJP)’s 2 major owners, Japan Airlines (JAL)/(JAS) and Qantas (QAN), recently agreed on a fresh capital injection of +JPY11 billion/+$92 million. They said this would be used to launch international service as well as boosting the domestic operation.
February 2015: Tokyo’s Narita International Airport plans to open its dedicated low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal in early April. The 66,000 sq m Terminal 3 has 5 contact stands for narrow body airplanes and 2 contact stands for wide body airplanes. It will increase capacity by +7.5 million passengers per year, Narita deputy Vice Chairman Cargo Fumio Gunji said.
“The total investment for T3 is around $130 million “Narita deputy VP Aviation Marketing, Koichi Okawara said.
Currently, 13 low cost carriers (LCC) (4 of them based in Japan) operate out of Narita during the current winter schedule, creating about 21.5% market share of the total.
March 2015: Jetstar Japan (JJP), which has been operating since July 2012, launched its 1st international service on February 28th, when it began 3x-weekly flights (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) on the 2,453 km route between its base at Osaka Kansai (KIX) and Hong Kong (HKG). At present, the route is only on sale until July 17th. Competition on the route is fierce with Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) (30x-weekly), HK Express (HKE) (14x-), Peach Aviation (PCA) (14x-) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) (7x-) already providing passengers with a variety of options in this market. From Osaka Kansai, Jetstar Japan (JJP) also serves 6 Japanese destinations with between 2 and 4 daily flights. (JJP), a joint venture (JV) in which Qantas (QAN) and Japan Airlines (JAL) each have a one-third share, currently operates a fleet of 20 A320s.
April 2015: Jetstar Japan (JJP) plans to start a Tokyo Narita to Hong Kong service on June 1st. The service will be operated 3x-weekly, using Airbus A320s.
FlightMaps Analytics shows that the airline will compete with carriers such as All Nippon Airways (ANA), Cathay Pacific (CAT) and Japan Airlines (JAL) on the route.
December 2015: Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member airlines and selected partners outside the global alliance, has been added to the networks of Jetstar Asia (JSA), Jetstar Japan (JJP), and Jetstar Pacific (PAH). Jetstar’s Australian airline (IMU) already participates in the fare. The addition of these 3 carriers’ routes, effective December 1, adds >15 new destinations, 2 key Asian hubs (in Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore) and dozens more routes on board "Global Explorer."
This means Global Explorer now features some 230 destinations across Asia (and around 1,150 worldwide, in >150 countries).
April 2016: News Item A1: Jetstar Japan (JJP) launched its 3rd route to Manila (MNL) on April 7 with the introduction of a 4x-weekly service from Osaka Kansai (KIX). (JJP) already serves the Filipino capital from Tokyo Narita and Nagoya. The 2,633 km route will be flown by (JJP)’s A320s and will face competition from Philippine Airlines (PAL) (daily flights), Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) (5x-weekly) and Jetstar Asia (JSA) (2x-weekly flights).
This brings to 3 the number of international destinations served by Jetstar Japan (JJP) from Osaka Kansai, the others being Hong Kong and Taipei Taoyuan.
News Item A-2: "Jin Air Signs Interline Deal with the Jetstar Group" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr, April 15, 2016.
Low-cost carrier (LCC) Jin Air (JIN) has signed a code share agreement with the Australian-based Jetstar (IMU) Group to offer combined route bookings across both carrier’s networks.
The 2 (LCC)s will offer what they call “seamless travel packages” across both networks that include Jin Air (JIN)’s existing Korea-based network and the services of Jetstar Airways (IMU), Jetstar Asia (JSA), Jetstar Japan (JJP), and Jetstar Pacific (PAH).
Both carriers are offshoots of major full-fare carriers (Jin Air (JIN) out of Korean Air (KAL), and Jetstar (IMU) out of Australian flag carrier, Qantas (QAN).
This will be the 1st interline agreement that (JIN) has entered into with any other carrier, and will allow Korean passengers significantly easier access into the SE Asian destination market. Jin Air (JIN) has been expanding its route offerings across the Asia-Pacific region including to Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, and Saipan.
“By acknowledging (JIN)’s potential, the Jetstar Group will be able to bring in more Korean customers to its airlines,” the company said.
Both carriers have begun work on combining booking and systems interlocks, and aim to launch the full code share program in (3Q) 2016.
Jin Air (JIN) said that although this is the 1st code share agreement it has signed, it expects to introduce more in coming years. “Following this collaboration, (JIN) will continue to explore further interline cooperation with other airlines,” it said.
June 2016: "Fiji Airways and Jetstar Group Sign Interline Deal" by
(ATW) Jeremy Torr, June 2, 2016.
Fiji flag carrier, Fiji Airways (APC) and Asian low-cost carrier (LCC) group Jetstar (IMU) have signed an interline agreement covering 21 Asian destinations out of Singapore's Changi Airport from (APC)’s Nadi International Airport, and to further Jetstar (IMU) connecting destinations in the South Pacific.
The deal covers Asian-based subsidiaries Jetstar Airways (IMU), Jetstar Asia (JSA), Jetstar Japan (JJP), and Jetstar Pacific (PAH). All the group’s (LCC) carriers will offers connections into Fiji Airways (APC)’s recently launched schedule on Singapore to Nadi.
Initial interline links will cover Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, The Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
Fiji Airways (APC) (CEO) Andre Viljoen said the agreement would offer “seamless” connecting travel from 21 cities out of Singapore in the 1st instance, but could in future be extended to include a total of 73 destinations by including those served by Australian affiliate Jetstar Airways (IMU).
The move bolsters Jetstar Group's existing interline portfolio of 46 partners that includes Air France (AFA) - (KLM), British Airways (BAB), China Eastern Airlines (CEA), and Qantas (QAN). This comes on the heels of the recently announced Value Alliance (VA), a collaborative marketing group of 8 Asian (LCC)s.
The (VA) group, promises increased marketing and booking options for travelers across 8 Asian (LCC)s from Korea and Japan to the Philippines (but does not include Jetstar (IMU)).
Fiji Airways (APC) operates a 15-aircraft fleet including Airbus A330s, Boeing 737s, ATR 72 and ATR 42 turboprops and DHC-6 Twin Otters. It serves 48 destinations in 12 countries across the Pacific islands, Oceania, Australasia, the USA, and Hong Kong.
January 2017: Jetstar Japan (JJP) has decided to delay the launch of a route to Shanghai Pudong International Airport because of challenges in gaining approval from Chinese authorities. (JJP) low-cost carrier (LCC) planned to introduce the flight from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Shanghai on January 23. No revised start date has been set by (JJP). (JJP) said it “expects difficulty in obtaining final approval” for the flight. (JJP) is continuing to negotiate with the Chinese.
February 2017: A320-232 (5885, JA21JJ), ex-(F-WJKN), Avolon (AZV) leased.
February 2018: "Jetstar Japan to Boost Fleet Expansion" by Adrian Schofield, (ATW) Daily News, February 17, 2018.
Japanese (LCC) Jetstar Japan (JJP) intends to ramp up its fleet expansion rate over the next few years, following a period of relatively low growth.
(JJP) plans to add 3 Airbus A320s in 2018, which will boost its fleet to 24, an airline spokesman said. (JJP) expects its fleet total to rise by 4 more in 2019, giving it 28 of the aircraft by the end of that year.
This represents a significant change in momentum for (JJP). The last time Jetstar Japan (JJP) added an A320 was in March 2017, and prior to that, its fleet size remained unchanged from December 2014. (JJP) is a joint venture between Japan Airlines (JAL) and the Qantas (QAN) Group.
For the upcoming northern-hemisphere summer season, (JJP) will fly 12 domestic routes, as well as international services to Hong Kong; Manila, Philippines; Shanghai; and Taipei, Taiwan.
This is an increase of 1 route for both the domestic and international networks compared to summer 2017. (JJP) added a flight from Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport in June 2017, and a domestic route from (NRT) to Miyazaki in December. (JJP)
does not have any plans to add more international destinations at the moment, the spokesman said.
Rival Japanese (LCC)s are also planning fleet growth over the next few years. Peach (PCA) intends to add 3 A320s in the fiscal year beginning April 1, which would increase its fleet to 23. Vanilla Air (VNL) is scheduled to receive its 15th A320 before the end of March, and another is scheduled to arrive in the subsequent fiscal year.
Both Peach (PCA) and Vanilla (VNL) are subsidiaries of (ANA) Holdings, and the parent company has said it wants to boost its combined (LCC) fleet to about 55 aircraft by 2022.