Japan Airlines to launch new low-cost carrier service

The JAL group will operate flights from Tokyo Narita Airport to select destinations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas

The Country of the Rising Sun will now be more available to anyone as Japan Airlines have announced they will be launching a new low-cost service.

The carrier, that belongs to the JAL Group, will operate affordable medium to long-haul flights to select destinations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas from Narita International Airport.

The new low-cost carrier will connect Tokyo Narita Airport with select destinations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas — Sean Pavone / Shutterstock
The new low-cost carrier will connect Tokyo Narita Airport with select destinations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas — Sean Pavone / Shutterstock

During the first stage of the operation the airline, which hasn’t yet been named, will use two Boeing 787-8 aircraft to launch commercial flights during the summer of 2020. During the period, Narita Airport will undergo major enhancements because Tokyo will be hosting the Summer Olympic Games.

“The new low-cost carrier will specifically feature international routes with medium to long-haul flights and will aim to provide customers with new options when travelling to and from Japan,“ the airline said.

Japan Airlines have been operating long-haul services as well as making key investments in low-fares airline Jetstar Japan which the group established in cooperation with Qantas six years ago.

Launching the new service is part of the carrier’s 10-year strategy that aims to accelerate growth and attract more tourists to Japan.

JAL group is now looking for investors that would support the launch of their new subsidiary.

“When Jal establishes the new LCC business, the company aims to create new demand, working along with the successful services provided by Jetstar Japan, which features domestic and short-haul international flights,” Japan Airlines said in a statement.

“Through these actions, the company will take on the challenge to deliver and meet the needs of diversified customer groups around the world.”

Connections between Japan and Europe have been strengthened recently, as Austrian Airlines are about to kick off their NaritaVienna connection on Wednesday.