Monday, July 7, 2014

Jetstar Japan carries 5 millionth passenger.

On July 6th, Jetstar Japan (GK/JJP) announced that they have carried a total of 5 million passengers since beginning operations on July 3rd, 2012. The Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA)-based carrier became the second of Japan's so-called 'Year-Zero LCCs' to reach the milestone after Peach Aviation (MM/APJ) (Peach reaches 5 million passengers.), but faster, achieving it in 733 days.
Airbus A320-232 JA03JJ lands at rainy Chubu Centrair Airport near Nagoya. (Photo: Jetstar Japan)

When the Japanese unit of Australia's successful LCC launched services two years ago, it started out with only two routes; Narita to Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) and Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC). Now it has grown to 14 domestic routes covering 10 destinations with a fleet of 18 Airbus A320s, recording an all-time in-service rate of 98.5% and an on-time arrival rate of 85.8%. Their long-awaited second hub at Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB) was finally launched on June 12th (Jetstar Japan launches Kansai hub.) and regional international routes are expected from the Winter 2014/2015 timetable.

The 1 million mark was passed on March 22nd, 2013 (262 days), 2 million on August 12th (405 days), 2013, 3 million on December 6th, 2013 (521 days), and 4 million on March 24th, 2014 (629 days). Jetstar Japan is owned 33.3% by Qantas Airways (QF/QFA), 33.3% by Japan Airlines (JL/JAL), 16.7% by Mitsubishi, and 16.7% by Century Tokyo Leasing.

Reference: Aviation Wire, July 7th. (in Japanese)

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