Friday, January 23, 2015

Jetstar Japan to start Nagoya – Okinawa.

On January 21st, Jetstar Japan [GK/JJP] announced that they will inaugurate Nagoya/Chubu Centrair [NGO/RJGG] – Okinawa/Naha [OKA/ROAH] on March 29th, the beginning of the Summer 2015 timetable. The new service will be flown once daily using 180-seat Airbus A320s.

Airbus A320-232(SL) JA20JJ arrives at Narita on delivery from Toulouse on December 19th. Jetstar Japan's 20th aircraft is actually their 23rd, as three others have been sub-leased to other carriers. The 24th will also be leased out, and the fleet will be kept at 20. New routes will be added by increasing utilization. (Photo: Aviation Wire)

One way fares will start from 7,390 JPY, excluding the processing fee and airport taxes. For the peak travel periods of April/May's Golden Week holidays and summer vacation season, fares will start from 7,990 JPY. To promote the route, the Tokyo/Narita [NRT/RJAA]-headquartered LCC is offering 750 seats at just 990 JPY for travel between March 29th through April 28th and May 12th through June 25th. The sale will end at 1000 JST on January 28th.

Flight Schedule:
Chubu Centrair – Naha NEW 1 daily with A320-200. (2015/Mar/29 - Oct/24)
GK381 NGO 1155 – 1415 OKA 32A/320 Daily
GK382 OKA 1505 – 1715 NGO 32A/320 Daily

Naha becomes Jetstar Japan's fifth nonstop destination from Chubu Centrair, after Fukuoka [FUK/RJFF], Kagoshima [KOJ/RJFK], Kumamoto [KMJ/RJFT] (Jetstar Japan starts three routes from Kumamoto.), and Sapporo/New Chitose [CTS/RJCC]. The central Japan airport serving the nation's third largest metropolitan region is expected to become their third hub now that its second hub at Osaka/Kansai [KIX/RJBB] (Jetstar Japan launches Kansai hub.) is up and running.

The Chubu Centrair – Naha route is already served by All Nippon Airways [NH/ANA] three times daily, Japan Airlines [JL/JAL]-affiliate Japan Transocean Air [NU/JTA] four times daily, and Skymark Airlines [BC/SKY] double daily. Skynet Asia Airways [6J/SNJ] (d.b.a. Solaseed Air) will also be entering the market from the Summer 2015 schedule (Solaseed Air to add Ishigaki and Nagoya from Okinawa.), though it would be a de facto transfer of a round-trip from ANA.

Meanwhile, Jetstar Japan started code-sharing with Qantas Airways [QF/QFA] on January 15th, placing its 33.33% owner's code on all nine routes from Narita; Fukuoka, Kagoshima [KOJ/RJFK], Kumamoto, Matsuyama [MYJ/RJOM], Oita [OIT/RJFO], Naha, Kansai, New Chitose, and Takamatsu [TAK/RJOT]. It already code-shares with American Airlines [AA/AAL] and 33.33% owner JAL.

Source: Jetstar Japan, January 15th. (in Japanese)
Source: Jetstar Japan, January 21st. (in Japanese)

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