Posted on: 11 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Jetstar Japan has announced the appointment of Miyuki Suzuki as its chief executive officer,
Suzuki, who has almost 30 years’ business experience, was appointed after the Jetstar Japan Board met for the first time in Tokyo to discuss progress towards the start of domestic services in Japan by the end of 2012.
Chief executive officer of the Jetstar Group of airlines, Bruce Buchanan, commented, “Ms Suzuki brings a wealth of leadership experience, having worked at the most senior levels of large multinational companies in Asia with particular experience working in industries going through deregulation. Across several different sectors, Ms Suzuki has used innovation to drive efficiency and create better experiences for customers.”
Suzuki, who will start on 1 December 2011, said she would be honoured to lead Jetstar Japan in unlocking a new era of more affordable travel for millions of Japanese. “The Jetstar Group is an established presence across the Asia-Pacific with a strong pedigree of safety and price competitiveness, so I am very pleased to be joining as chief executive of Jetstar Japan.
“This is a unique time to be part of the aviation industry in Japan, with deregulation encouraging fresh investment and making the sector a catalyst for our nation’s prosperity,” added Suzuki.
The airline’s board also formally incorporated Jetstar Japan at the meeting and received the first round of funding from project partners Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and the Qantas (Jetstar) Group. The total capitalisation commitment for the airline is up to ¥12 billion.
Buchanan reported that negotiations with a range of potential suppliers and business partners, including airports across Japan, were progressing well and that the initial response from the broader community to the new airline had been extremely positive. “Even though the Jetstar brand has been part of the Japanese market for almost five years, the welcome our announcement of our domestic airline has been tremendous,” he said.
Jetstar Japan will fly domestically within Japan by the end of 2012. Short-haul international flights are expected to start during 2013. The airline will initially have a fleet of three new Airbus A320s configured for 180 passengers. This fleet will grow to 24 aircraft within the first few years.
Domestic destinations are expected to be announced by mid-2012, with places under consideration including Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.