Dec 20, 2013

AirAsia finds new Japan venture partner?

While it's all tweets and rumors so far, AirAsia seems like resurrecting its Japan low cost venture and running amok in Lombok.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

It’s now more than a day since AirAsia founder and group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted that:

Just who Fernandes has found to replace ANA in the original AirAsia Japan venture, and which ended in October, when All Nippon Airways decided it would continue without AirAsia as Vanilla Air is a rather interesting question, and not only for Jetstar, which has just had to double its money in Jetstar Japan in partnership with Japan Airlines just to keep the lights on.

Meanwhile, out west where flights to Indonesia from Perth are booming, AirAsia, which has five daily Perth-Denpasar A320s to twice dailies from there to Bali by Jetstar is putting its hand up for daily Perth-Lombok flights from 1 August 2014.

Jetstar began Perth-Lombok at a four times weekly frequency in September. By the time AirAsia rocks up it would not be surprising if Jetstar hasn’t gone to dailies as well, since the travel industry says Lombok is proving incredibly popular. AirAsia is said to be reducing its Perth-Bali flights to four a day to provide the capacity for Lombok.

However nothing official on any of these topics has yet been said by Jetstar or Air Asia. Well, nothing printable, or informative.

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