Jetstar Japan has been announced with the low cost airline a joint venture between Jetstar (Qantas Group), Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi. The announcement that has been expected for some days was officially made today by Alan Joyce at the launch of changes to the Qantas brand.
Jetstar Japan will begin domestic flights in Japan by years end, based at Tokyo Narita Aiport, with a fleet size growing to 24 aircraft within a few years. These aircraft will be funded by the Qantas Groups balance sheet.
Jetstar Japan will then target international flights from Japan to China and other South East Asian destinations.
Qantas see this as a win as they will get a new domestic feed to their services to Australia, and this will be a big boost for the current Jetstar international routes from Japan to both Cairns and the Gold Coast.