The first aircraft for new low fares carrier, Jetstar Japan, has touched down on its delivery flight at Narita International Airport.
The aircraft – a new Airbus A320-200 – departed Toulouse, France at 11:00am on 24 April and flew via Cairo International Airport (Egypt), Muscat International Airport (Oman) and Hanoi International Airport (Vietnam) before landing at 19:21 at Narita Airport on 26 April.
The aircraft is configured with 180 all-leather seats in a single class and powered by IAE V2500 engines. It is the first of three new A320s that will make up the Jetstar Japan fleet ahead of its start of services on 3 July*. The airline is scheduled to grow to 24 A320s within the next few years.
This first A320 will be used for a series of proving flights during May as part of the final regulatory approval process for the new airline.
Fares for Jetstar Japan went on sale on 17 April with prices up to 50 per cent less than full service carriers as well as special launch fares of just 1 yen (AUD$0.01). The airline will fly to Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa.
CEO of Jetstar Japan, Miyuki Suzuki, welcomed the first aircraft to the airline’s fleet.
“This is a very exciting milestone for Jetstar Japan and brings us another step closer to connecting people through greater choice, lower fares and more travel options,” she said.
*Both Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Hong Kong remain subject to regulatory approval.
Images: Pictures of Jetstar Japan’s first A320 are available here.
About Jetstar Japan: Jetstar Japan is a low fares airline that will fly domestically within Japan from July 2012 to Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa. Short-haul international flights are expected to start during 2013 subject to regulatory approval. The airline will initially have a fleet of three new Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers, growing to 24 aircraft within the first few years. Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation.
About Jetstar Group: The Jetstar Group is Asia Pacific’s fastest growing and largest low fares network by revenue. It has airlines in Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and by 2013 (subject to regulatory approval) Hong Kong. Jetstar-branded carriers operate up to 3,000 flights a week to almost 60 destinations, including 30 in Asia and eight in Greater China. The Jetstar Group is on track to carry more than 20 million people in FY12.