Japan Airlines to Launch New Low-Cost Carrier

The yet-to-be-named budget carrier will offer flights to Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced its plans to launch a new low-cost subsidiary airline by 2020, in order to tap into the growing demand for budget air travel.

Based at Tokyo Narita International Airport, the yet-to-be-named airline will offer flights to Asia, Europe, and the Americas via two wide-body Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

JAL will invest 10 billion yen to 20 billion yen in the new airline, with an aim to be profitable within three years of the launch.

There are also plans for the carrier to collaborate with budget carrier Jetstar Japan, in which it is a significant shareholder. Jetstar Japan was set up by JAL six years ago, along with its partner Qantas.

While the low-cost carrier looks set to be officially established by July this year, flights will only launch in summer 2020, in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted by the country.

This move is in line with JAL’s “10 Year Grand Design” strategy to grow its business and attract more travelers in the next three years and beyond.

By 2030, Japan hopes to receive 60 million visitors.

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