Jetstar Japan sells 10,000 one-way tickets for 1 yen each


Budget airline Jetstar Japan on Tuesday said that it sold 10,000 one-way tickets for one yen each on six domestic routes in a two-hour online campaign during the day.

The promotional blitz, from 12 noon until 2 p.m., was part of the low-cost carrier's opening strategy for its domestic service which begins on July 3. Jetstar is a joint venture between Qantas, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Mitsubishi Corp.

The six routes are Narita-Sapporo (New Chitose), Narita-Fukuoka, Narita-Osaka, Narita-Naha, Osaka-Fukuoka and Osaka-Sapporo.

Celebrity Becky, who is Jetstar's campaign girl, attended a news conference with Jetstar officials in Tokyo to announce the opening airfares. The regular one-way airfare on the Narita-New Chitose route will be 4,590 yen

Jetstar's entry into the domestic market is the latest chapter in a bid to open up a market that has traditionally suffered from high prices because of dominance by two major carriers, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Japan's major airlines have long been behind global rivals in terms of entry into the low-cost sector, but ANA last year set up budget airline Peach Aviation with a Hong Kong investment fund. Flights began out of Osaka in March.

ANA has also tied up with Malaysia's AirAsia to launch AirAsia Japan in August.

Jetstar Japan said it also plans to offer short-haul international services to key Asian cities starting in 2013. The Melbourne-based carrier operates routes throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including between Australia and Japan.

Since the start of this year, the Jetstar Group has announced 36 additional weekly international flights to-and-from Japan.

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Once you add in airport fees, landing fees, taxes, handling fees, service charges, and offer the standard discount for any passengers over 90, accompanied by both parents and with a 3-legged dog named Spot, how much do those tickets really cost?

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Hope Jetstar's service is better than the crap they serve up in Australia! Rarely on time. One of the worst ( as I've written before ) airlines for punctuality in the world. Being on time is the NORM, cheap fares or NOT!! I know the Japanese have this concept down, but will the know it all Aussies want to put their uncapable noses into it?

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@ Dirtyhottie ... I have never had a problem with jetstar in Australia. 80% of my flights are with them and they do a fine job. Perhaps its your perception? Never once had a 'late' or delayed flight unless it was due to weather.. then ofcourse delays are across the board on all airlines.

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one way ticket: 1 yen

fuel surcharge: 30,000 yen.

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Thanks for the heads up Nicky and DirtyHottie, word of mouth counts for a lot in my book! But I do wish this new airline, JetStar good luck here on the J islands too.

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@Dirty - mate with budget prices one can not expect a first class service. Personally even though my Jetstar flights were occasionally late, I still prefer to pay half or less of the competitors price and be a bit late on occasion ...provided I have plenty of time during my vacation travels.

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I'm simply saying if you are like the majority of westerners and totally familiar and accepting of the tardy services that our countries continually serve up to us with their train, bus and plane services, then Jetstar Australia is the airline for you. Very cheap, yes, but..... I prefer to pay more and demand professional, polished service and hence use Japanese or Korean airlines. In saying that, I'd bet money that the Japanese wouldn't be stupid enough to let the Aussies stick their noses in, or else it would be chapter 11 time! Jetstar Japan should be a winner if run and serviced by the Japanese.

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I wish these cheap airlines would fly from Sendai. The thieving local airlines want Y30000 for a one-way flight to Osaka.

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No it was legit. I couldnt coordinate a convenient time for both my wife and I to travel in time before the sale ended but there were NO fuel surcharges. 4yen for 2 people return to Hokkaido, extra for luggage/inflight entertainment/food (but on short flights, who needs that, and for a weekend trip you can get away with on-board luggage only)

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The normal sale fairs are quite reasonable too - 6000yen each way between Tokyo to Hokkaido. A lot of people say that Japanese people wouldnt stand for tardy airlines, but at these prices not many will complain. Australians love to bitch and complain about cheap Jetstar/Tiger air, but at the end of the day, they are popular and sell well.

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What a scam, It is one way, you still have to pay for your return flight and to pay for your food, baggage check, fuel and taxes, the money for the fuel goes to the airline company and who's to say when these tickets are allowed to be used.

The tickets usage period be spread out evenly throughout the year in non holiday periods when they need to fill the planes

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I tried for 1.5 hours to book a flight to Sapporo and back, but each time after typing in my credit card details and pressing the Send button, it came up with an error and returned to the top page. I want my 1.5 hours back.

BTW, there were no fuel surcharges, and if you don't need a meal or check-in baggage, the fee really was 2 yen return, plus a credit card fee of 200 yen or something.

Still, if they can't get their website working properly to handle the traffic, they should rethink how they do these campaigns.

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I may be missing something but it doesn't look too bad. Just checked their website, and sure there are extra costs, but not extortionate: up to 20kg of check in baggage is 1,000yen, and there is a booking fee of 200 yen person. I can't choose my seats though, for that I have to pay an extra 690 yen. Even with that, it looks like a return flight to Chitose would still be the same cost as a one way flight on ANA or JAL. With a duration of 1.5 hours, I think I can safely skip needing to buy the food. As far as I can tell, everything else (taxes etc) is included. Sad thing is the return train fare is going to be more expensive than ane leg of the flight!

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Return trip ticket = 20,000 yen. Great marketing ploy!

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Just think how many tourists from SFO to Japan would arrive if Japan would offer a rebate for a percentage of the cost of a round trip ticket. $1800 toda, minus 20% - what a deal, and it would stimulate the economy from Narita to everywhere the tourists go. "Think outside the island."

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i wouldn't fly around japan thanks to fukushima... period....

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@Clinton You got that right. I'll click your "Thumbs Up". Everything did not go back to normal. Japan's government has every industry they are in bed with to make people FORGET with penny airfares. These airfares are cheap but you may pay with your health.

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10,000 one-way tickets for 1 yen each

Only fools would believe this. Just as Nicky Washida said in the first comment. Spot on

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@southsakai - Based on Tim Topper's post, just booked family of 4 to Okinawa in Golden Week for 80k. Half of the fare for ONE person on ANA/JAL. But don't trust me, the less people using them the easier it will be to get bookings! ;)

@clinton. Fantastic!

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I got 2,900 yen all in each way to Okinawa. No fuel surcharge for domestic. Clinton- I can understand how eating contaminated food or living near Fukushima is not so good, but perhaps you could elaborate on how the Fukushima disaster makes domestic air travel any more dangerous than normal? Does it apply to riding bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka or to driving cars as well??

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I got 4 tickets Narita to Okinawa, return cost : 8 yen + 1600yen surcharge + 8000yen for 80Kg of luggage

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About I can take my family to explore Japan without bankrupting myself on one trip with ANA or JAL!

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