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Jetstar Japan to start domestic flights in July

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I've flown with Jetstar or more appropriatelyJOKEstar from Narita to the Gold Coast a number of times, the damn plane rarely leaves on time, which makes me miss last trains forcing me to shell out for a hotel or a lengthy taxi ride! The worst was 2 years back when the plane was scheduled to leave at 8:50, but ended up leaving at 2:00 in the morning! No call to warn us, so I had to kill 6 hours at the airport, but it was a cheap ticket and was direct to the Gold Coast, so I bought the ticket, but no more!!! JOKEstar are Amateurs who make my blood boil and blood pressure RISE! I'll be flying into Brisbane using Korean, Thai etc and getting a shuttle bus from Brissy! Hopefully with the Japanese on board as partners, they can show the imbeciles at Jetstar how to run an airline, because I'm pretty sure the Japanese customers won't put up with the Australian way of ROUGH ENOUGH is GOOD ENOUGH! Cause I've HAD ENOUGH! Bye bye JOKEstar You've LOST my patronage! I'm gonna start departing and arriving on schedule! Pff!

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Yukio Mishima

Well l dont even know where to start with your post. Firstly you do realise that Jetstar is a discount airline. So you are paying less which tends to mean a bit of a lower service.

I've flown with Jetstar or more appropriatelyJOKEstar from Narita to the Gold Coast a number of times, the damn plane rarely leaves on time

Sorry to disappoint but that is pretty much a common theme with a lot of airlines my last three flights on JAL have been delayed causing much grief including missed connections. So its not just Jetstar that has this issue.

which makes me miss last trains forcing me to shell out for a hotel or a lengthy taxi ride!

Bit hard to believe considering the flights arrive in Oz at either 6 am or 1 pm and the last train doesnt leave the airport until after 8 pm.

The worst was 2 years back when the plane was scheduled to leave at 8:50, but ended up leaving at 2:00 in the morning! No call to warn us, so I had to kill 6 hours at the airport, but it was a cheap ticket and was direct to the Gold Coast, so I bought the ticket, but no more!!!

Really you left Narita at 2am. Think not there buddy as Narita has an 11pm curfew. I know this quite well because my recent flight out of there had mechanical problems and we missed the curfew by about 30 minutes and ended up staying the night.

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I've been flying jetstar Narita to the Gold Coast about 2 or 3 times a year for the past 6 or so years (when ever they started that route) saved thousands of dollars and maybe been delayed 30mins max. (once or twice maybe).

example, I have a flight in June cost me about $500 return, try that on another airline...

In Australia I often fly jetstar Gold Coast to Sydney for about $90 one way, However, this being Japan and JAL with their fingers in the pie, I would be very surprised if they can do Narita to Okinawa for a similar price.

release the prices already jetstar!

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I,ve flown jetstar on many occassions to OZ from Japan and I can,t really complain, I mean I,ve had delays but I,ve also had lengthy delays with other airlines as well ,so at the end of the day i,m quite happy for jetstar to fly domestically in Japan, we need more competition for the consumers, espescially in Japan which really has been a monopoly between the big two...

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Even the worst case scenario; a barely discounted $1000 return trip to Australia, is already $600 cheaper than the closest rival's cheapest flight. That difference easily covers a night in a very luxurious hotel suite to make you forget about any delays or troubles you experienced.

Jetstar's domestic service will change the game here. If they offer Tokyo-Osaka for 8000 or less, it will affect both other airlines, and shinkansen, which quite frankly is overpriced

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I agree that Jetstar is far from perfect but when you are paying what, a couple of hundred dollars each way between Japan and Oz don,t go expecting a first class service ( such as phone calls to warn of departure delays ) Yukio, mate. I,ve flown Jetstar and various other airlines between Narita and Aus many times and they are not the only ones that get delayed...If you are so unhappy with their service why do you continue flying them?..as you said because their tickets are very cheap ( esp. in low season ).. Of course there is always the choice of actually putting your money where your mouth is and forking out for a more expensive ticket so one doesn,t have to endure the " Rough enough is good enough " inferior Aussie service, right? Your choice as a consumer.

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Great news, anything that increases competition and drives down prices.

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@ Yukio ... I have never had any problems with jetstar... All be it I use them to fly domestically in australia.. usually gold coast to Sydney and Melbourne (for work). I did use them once to fly too and from japan, I didn't have any problems.. the flight attendant even offered me a seat in the section in front if I wanted more leg room. We arrived 20 minutes before schedule to boot.

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All about Consumer Choice. Now that LLC's are finally entering Japan we will see better fares from the regular carriers. In fact we have done since Skymark and AirDo forced ANA and JAL to start offering advance discounts a few years ago. There will be people here who remember when there was just a fixed fare for domestic flights. I don't understand why anybody complains about carriers like these - you pay for what you get. Personally, I'll stick to flying ANA Premium Class as I always have done, for me travelling should be enjoyable, not just a function.

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I wonder who these planes are leased from?

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Bring it on ; love the low airfares. My expectation is very low, I just expect to get there with my bags. Even the expensive airlines can fail on that count too. As for JAL and ANA trying to compete by offering erm, premium coffee on their flights..... good luck to em.

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@cactusjack: Leased from MC Aviation Partners - Trading/Leasing arm of Mitsubishi Corporation.

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This can only be good for punters. It probably stands to help internal tourism.

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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).

Called protectionism, or alternately Japan Inc. But despite this advantage JAL still managed to go bankrupt.

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Love Jetstar - and haters gonna hate.

For me Jetstar is a flying shinkansen. Sit down, read your book and if you want a snack, give the staff a few bucks. How hard is that? I dont expect to be treated like royalty when I pay $700 for a return flight to the Goldie and frankly I dont want to be.

Japan needs these cheap fares so that people will get away from their stupid tour groups with their stupid little hats and flags and start seeing the world like other tourists do.

I paid 30000 Yen for a return flight to Manila in Golden Week with Jetstar and I dont have to use any of my holidays. Nice! And coincidently, it is the same price as a return trip by shinkansen Osaka-Tokyo.

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Japan needs these cheap fares so that people will get away from their stupid tour groups with their stupid little hats and flags and start seeing the world like other tourists do.

not going to happen - its a cultural thing...

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does japan really need domestic airline travel? we have the shenkansen.

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Personally, I try and avoid riding planes, specially for domestic travel ... except for business trips, mainly due to the price.

For personal travel, I usually prefer:

Trains Ferry Car Bus

But if these cheap flights do get their acts together, and provide reasonable service, then they would be a welcome alternative as well.

Personally, I have flown on several cheap short-haul international flights, and I don't really mind the lack of pillows, blanket and snacks. I can easily manage that on my own, and of my preference too! (Imagine a grown guy using a stuffed toy as a pillow in the plane -- by the way, the toy's a souvenir for a niece). My only concern usually is the baggage limit ... but I do get away with it by sending off several items by mail in advance.

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domestic air travel with in any of the 4 main islands of japan should be frowned upon.

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Who needs Jokestar's woeful service. Japan should know better.

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I can't wait! I've flown Jetstar to Aus and NZ many times - yes there's been delays, but the one time it was majorly delayed they put us up in a nice hotel at Kansai airport and provided free drinks on the flight. My only concerns are a) will the rough and ready service and flight schedule needed to operate low low cost flights work in Japan where service has such a high standard (expect complaints like Yukio's) and b) how many people want to fly out of Narita and not Haneda for a domestic flight? Even though JAL's got a stake in it, are they still trying to protect their turf?

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Flying out of Narita for a dmoestic flight is a pain, but then in Australia the budget carriers don't always fly out of the most convenient airports either.

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Pity Sendai's not on the list.

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Tread carefully observe closely

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It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

My main experience with Jetstar is their Coolangatta (Gold-Coast) to Osaka service and, apart from one flight that was cancelled nine hours before scheduled departure (and the resulting hassle to persuade the Jetstar myrmidon to refund my Osaka-Coolangatta flight as well as the Coolangatta-Osaka flight) and their bizarre practice now of only accepting credit cards as payment for in-flight service (on a service to a country where credit cards are not a commonplace possession), they seem to be reasonably good. Their timekeeping is acceptable for an international airline, their cabins are well-presented and the flight attendants are professional and courteous in their behaviour.

But it's best to buy your in-flight meals at the air terminal before boarding, and to take your own headphones instead of paying 400 yen for the Jetstar headphones.

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