Jetstar will fly non-stop between Sydney and Osaka (Kansai) from April next year.
The airline will deploy its 787-8 Dreamliner fleet on the route starting on 1 April, the first time it has flown directly from Sydney to Osaka in 15 years. Flights will operate three times per week, adding more than 100,000 low-cost seats between the two cities.
The route is the eighth international service Jetstar has announced in the past year, and its third between Australia and Japan, with Brisbane to also see direct Osaka flights starting February.
According to Jetstar CEO Stephanie Tully, it was made possible by the arrival of more A321neo LRs, which have allowed redeployment of the 787 fleet.
“Japan has always been a top holiday spot for our customers, so we know they’ll be excited to have easy access to this incredible Japanese city,” she said.
“Known as the food capital of Japan, Osaka’s also famous for its nightlife, architecture and history, and is fast becoming a must-see destination for Aussie travellers.
“And in return, the launch of this new service means Jetstar will be the only airline to fly from Osaka to Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns – the three most popular cities for Japanese tourists.”
Jetstar this month announced a major overhaul of its 11 787 aircraft, with a new cabin including updated business and economy-class seats plus a lie-flat crew rest area, as well as a livery update to match the A321neos.
“This multi-million-dollar fleet revamp will allow us to offer our customers more choice, comfort and amenities when flying longer distances internationally,” said Tully.
“Our existing 787 business class offering is extremely popular, so we’re doubling the number of business class seats, and to keep customers connected in the air, we’re introducing on-board Wi-Fi.
“The new crew rest areas mean our crew will be able to get the rest they need to operate longer flights, unlocking the possibility of exciting new destinations like Sri Lanka and India.”
The overhaul to each of Jetstar’s 11 787 aircraft will be carried out during scheduled maintenance starting in 2025.