ONEWORLD member Japan Airlines has announced the establishment of a new international low-cost carrier.
The move comes despite JAL’s long-standing partnership with Qantas in Jetstar Japan, with the new venture to target mid- to long-haul routes.
JAL says the as-yet-unnamed new operation would be a fully owned subsidiary, with plans to operate flights from Narita International Airport to selected destinations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The LCC will initially have two Boeing 787-8 aircraft and is targeting a 2020 launch of commercial flights, when facilities at NRT have been updated.
“To date, JAL has remained committed to refine its own full service carrier model while making key investments into Jetstar Japan,” the company said.
“When JAL establishes the new LCC business, the company aims to establish new demand, working along with the successful services provided by Jetstar Japan, which features domestic and short-haul international flights.”
A proposed business plan includes a map (pictured) indicating the 13,000km range of the 787s – with Australia well and truly included in the target circle.