Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan has revealed the plans for rapid growth at Jetstar Japan. With the airline starting with a fleet of just 3 Airbus A320s and a staff of 150 in its first year, expanding to 24 A320s and 800 staff within a few years.
Mr Buchanan said Jetstar already had a team of seven people in place in Japan and the new airline was well advanced in obtaining operational approvals.
Jetstar will offer fares 40% lower than current Japanese full service airlines, with a cost base 50% lower than these traditional carriers, and isnt phased by the competition from the low cost competitor being created by Air Asia and All Nippon Airways.
Australia is also set to benefit from the new airline because it will provides a feeder network to Osaka and Tokyo.
"You'll be able to sell in different prefectures and all around the region -- Korea, China -- that will feed into those services and create a much greater catchment area, especially for those long-haul flights," Mr Buchanan said.
Read more of Mr Buchanan's comments thanks to Aviation writer Steve Creedy at theaustralian.com.au HERE
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