Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jetstar Japan surpasses 6 million passengers.

On September 24th, Jetstar Japan (GK/JJP) carried their 6 millionth passenger. The Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA)-based carrier, which started operations on July 3rd, 2012 with routes to Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) and Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC), reached the latest milestone in 813 days, the fastest for a Japanese LCC.
Airbus A320-232 JA04JJ takes off from Matsuyama. (Photo: Jetstar Japan)

From the Winter 2014/2015 timetable, Jetstar Japan will operate up to 104 daily flights covering 11 domestic destinations with 18 routes (Jetstar Japan to launch Kumamoto with three routes.). 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 early 2015. Although their fleet of Airbus A320s had been capped at 18 due to lack of maintenance personnel, it will be on expansion mode again with three new examples to be delivered by the end of this year.

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), 4 million on March 24th, 2014 (629 days), and 5 million on July 6th (733 days) (Jetstar Japan carries 5 millionth passenger.). The Japanese unit of the Australian-born brand 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: Jetstar Japan, September 25th. (in Japanese)

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