08 Feb '12, 9am

#Jetstar Japan to start domestic #flights in July - from @ChannelNewsAsia

#Jetstar Japan to start domestic #flights in July - from @ChannelNewsAsia

TOKYO: Budget airline Jetstar Japan, part-owned by Australia's Qantas, said Wednesday it will launch domestic flights serving five major destinations as Japan's aviation industry enters a period of change. The new service, slated to begin July 3, is the latest chapter in a bid to open up a market that has traditionally suffered from high prices because of dominance by two major carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA). "The launch network of Tokyo (Narita), Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa will be serviced by an initial fleet of three new A320 aircraft," said Jetstar, a joint venture between Qantas, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Mitsubishi Corp. "Fares and schedules will be announced soon," it said. Japan's major airlines were behind global rivals in terms of entry into the low-cost sector, but ANA last year set up budget airline Peach Aviation with a Hong Kong ...

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