Qantas and Jetstar to service new route to Japan from December
Qantas and Jetstar will both operate flights from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) during the December 2016 to February 2017 holiday peak. Jetstar will then cease flights on the direct route after February 25, 2017.
“We’re delighted to be stepping up our commitment to the Japanese market at a boom time for tourism and business travel,” said Gareth Evans, CEO of Qantas International and Freight.
“The Qantas Group is perfectly placed to support the resurgent growth we’re seeing, with the biggest Australia-Japan network, the biggest domestic network in Australia, and the biggest low-cost carrier network in Japan through Jetstar.
“Our dual-brand strategy and the size of our fleet means we have the ability to move quickly to meet demand where it’s strongest, putting the right aircraft on the right route. We have received great feedback on the world-class product we’ve created for our Airbus A330 fleet, and now even more customers flying to Japan will be able to enjoy the reconfigured aircraft.
“We lifted Qantas’ capacity on Asian routes by 17 per cent last financial year, so this is very much part of a larger pivot to Asia.”