New low-cost carrier Jetstar Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 at the Airbus final-assembly line in Toulouse in France.
The Japanese carrier will start commercial services in July operating from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Kansai, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Okinawa with an initial fleet of three Airbus A320s. This fleet will grow to 24 aircraft within three years, according to Airbus.
Jetstar Japan’s A320s are configured in a high-comfort, all-economy layout with 180 seats. Each aircraft is powered by IAE V2500 engines.
“We are extremely happy to take delivery of our brand new Airbus A320. With its wider seats and more spacious cabin than the competition, we are positioned to provide better value that our customers will appreciate as well as fast turnarounds, which is key to our business model,” said Miyuki Suzuki, president of Jetstar Japan. “We aim to become the number one LCC in the Japanese market, and the A320 will help us achieve our goals.”
“The A320 is already the aircraft of choice in Asia with some 80 per cent market share in the LCC market,” noted John Leahy, chief operating officer, customers for Airbus.
Founded in 2011, Jetstar Japan is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. Jetstar Japan’s Airbus fleet is from an order for 110 A320-family aircraft placed by the Qantas Group in October 2011.
As of today, nearly 8,400 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold to more than 340 customers and operators worldwide.