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Jetstar Japan Flights on 4 Domestic Routes Serving Narita Hub Starting July 3

Jetstar Japan Flights on 4 Domestic Routes Serving Narita Hub Starting July 3

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On February 8, Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd, a low-cost carrier (LCC) financed by Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. (JAL), Australia-based Qantas Group and Mitsubishi Corporation that is headquartered in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, announced that it will start rolling out domestic flights based out of Narita International Airport starting on July 3.

The four routes will connect Narita with Kansai, Fukuoka, New Chitose and Naha with 180-seat Airbus 320s. The flight schedules, which Jetstar is now finalizing, will be announced as soon as they are ready. "We pushed up our start date to July in response to the anticipation of many Japanese customers," said Jetstar President Miyuki Suzuki. The carrier had been planning all along to commence flight service "sometime in 2012," but the July start will allow Jetstar to jump into the fray with the other new LCC startups in time to meet the summer travel season in what is being called in Japan "the first year of the LCC era."

According to Jetstar, fares on the new routes will be no more than half that charged by the major carriers - just as Jetstar Australia prices flights on international routes - with the aim of offering "the lowest price" among the competition. Jetstar Japan plans to start flying on international routes to destinations in China, South Korea and elsewhere in 2013.

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