Jetstar Japan could eventually operate widebodies

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Jetstar Japan could eventually add widebody aircraft to its fleet, although its near-term focus is on building up its short-haul network with its Airbus A320 fleet.

"We could quite possibly have widebody aircraft in the future, but we have taken the decision that at least the first 24 aircraft will be narrowbodies as we do not want to introduce complexity into our operations," says the low-cost carrier's chief executive Miyuki Suzuki.

The airline, a joint venture between Japan Airlines and Qantas Airways, will focus on growing its short-haul domestic services and international routes in the near term, she adds.

Sister carriers Jetstar, the Australian subsidiary of Qantas, and Singapore-based Jetstar Asia both operate medium- and long-haul low-cost services into Japan, and Jetstar Japan will continue to work closely with them.

Jetstar Japan will eventually look at starting medium- and long-haul services by itself as this will increase revenue for the airline, says Suzuki.

When that happens, the airline is likely to operate the Boeing 787-8s that Qantas has ordered for the various Jetstar franchises instead of the A330s that Jetstar and Jetstar Asia operate.