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Sydney to Osaka: Jetstar to fly direct to food capital in 2024

Jetstar is launching direct flights between Sydney and Osaka (Kansai), offering more than 100,000 seats yearly between the two popular destinations.

Jetstar is launching direct flights between Sydney and Osaka (Kansai), offering more than 100,000 seats yearly between the two popular destinations.

From 1 April 2024*, the low-cost carrier will jet off three times a week from Sydney to Osaka using its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners – the first time in 15 years that Jetstar has flown the direct route as the only non-stop services between the two cities.

Jetstar Group CEO Stephanie Tully said the arrival of more Airbus A321neo LRs has meant the low-cost carrier has been able to redeploy its Boeing 787s and grow its international network further.

“This is the eighth international service we’ve launched or announced in the past year and our third new service between Australia and Japan.”

jetstar stephanie tully
Jetstar Group CEO Stephanie Tully.

“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.” 

The latest announcement follows the news Jetstar will start four weekly return flights between Brisbane and Osaka from 2 February 2024.

“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,” said Ms Tully.

“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.”

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Render of Jetstar B787 with refreshed livery in sky
A render of Jetstar’s 787 Dreamliner with refreshed livery

The news also follows the big announcement earlier this week that Jetstar will upgrade its Boeing 787 Dreamliners fleet in a multi-million-dollar investment to provide more inflight comfort and choice and new low-cost travel options for medium- to long-haul flights to potential new destinations such as Africa

Due to commence progressively from late 2025, the upgrade will include a revamp of Jetstar’s economy and business class cabins with new seating, onboard Wi-Fi and lie-flat crew rest areas to facilitate flying on greater distances.

Jetstar Group CEO Stephanie Tully said the fleet upgrade, which includes updated livery and a reduction in overall aircraft weight and fuel burn for sustainable travel, will significantly enhance the medium- to long-haul flying experience.  

“This multi-million-dollar fleet revamp will allow us to offer our customers more choice, comfort and amenities when flying longer distances internationally,” she said.

Fares are currently available from $363 one-way.

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