Airbus delivers 100th aircraft in Japan
With the latest delivery of an A320 to Jetstar Japan, the total number of Airbus aircraft delivered to Japanese carriers has risen to 100, underscoring the rapidly growing number of Airbus single-aisle aircraft in the country.
In just nine months since beginning operations in July 2012, Jetstar fleet has grown to 10 aircraft.
Airbus delivered its first aircraft to a Japanese carrier in 1980 (an A300B2) and in the last two years deliveries have accelerated rapidly. In 2012, Airbus delivered a total of 16 A320s, and in 2013 nearly 30 A320s (28) will be delivered to four Japanese operators.
This success is being boosted by new low cost airlines, all of whom have chosen an all Airbus fleet for their operations. In the years to come deliveries to Japanese carriers will also include A330s and A380s.
Jetstar Japan started operations in July 2012. The company is a joint venture between the Qantas Group, Japan Airlines (JAL), Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. Jetstar Japan now operates an all-Airbus fleet of ten leased A320s, and this will grow to 24 aircraft by the end of 2014.