Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jetstar Japan releases Summer 2014 schedule.

On January 22nd, Jetstar Japan (GK/JJP) announced their Summer 2014 schedule. The Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA)-based LCC will operate up to 38 daily round-trips covering 10 domestic destinations. The number of routes they will operate will stay at 14. Overview is as follows:

Frequency Increases:
Narita - Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB) from 4 to up to 5 daily with 32A/320.
Kansai - Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) from 1 to up to 2 daily with 32A/320.

Frequency Reductions:
Narita - Oita (OIT/RJFO) from 3 to up to 2 daily with 32A/320.
Narita - Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) from 4 to up to 3 daily with 32A/320.
Jetstar Japan's Airbus A320-232 JA02JJ at Fukuoka. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

No new routes nor route cuts have been announced. Meanwhile, there have also been no reports regarding the long-awaited launch of the Kansai hub, which has now been delayed at least twice due to issues in raising its own fresh maintenance crews.

Jetstar Japan reported a whopping 8.8 billion JPY net loss for the year ending in June 2013, and with cash reserves dwindling to only 515 million JPY, its two biggest shareholders Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) and Qantas Airways (QF/QFA) together agreed to a 11 billion JPY injection in October to keep it in the air. Its all-Airbus A320 fleet which was planned to reach 24 by the end of 2014 has now been capped at 18, and the airline says it will not increase that number until its Kansai base is ready. The new Summer 2014 schedule only requires 12 to 14 aircraft depending on the day, which improves on-time performance but hurts aircraft utilization and increases costs.

Can Jetstar Japan survive 2014?

Source: Jestar Japan (in Japanese)

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