Early the next morning, we took the airport limousine bus to head to the airport. The flight to Kansai is scheduled to depart at 1055am.
New Chitose Airport's domestic terminal is also a shopping mall and market, selling all sorts of Hokkaido treats, souvenirs and even live seafood!
The JetStar Japan and AirAsia Japan check-in counters were located right at the far end of the terminal.
Boarding pass was printed at the self-check-in kiosks and bags dropped off at the counters. The agents were very strict with the weight of carry-ons and weighed each and every one.
After clearing security, we proceeded down a level to the bus gate as the aircraft was parked at the remote stand today. Boarding has also just commenced.
On the bus ride to our A320.
06 November 2018 Jetstar Japan GK 152 Sapporo New Chitose (CTS) - Osaka Kansai (KIX) A320 JA08JJ Economy Class Flight Time: 1H58M
Boarding through the stairs.
Welcomed by the friendly Jetstar crew. JetStar Japan's aircraft is fitted similar to the rest of the JetStar franchises, with black leather slimline seats and orange accented cabin.
Boarding in progress. The flight was not too full and there were quite a number of empty seats scattered around. As always in Japan, boarding was very efficiently completed.
LCC-standard legroom, but not the worst out there.
View from the window.
The seat pocket materials.
Safety card, with the cute Jetstar Japan mascot.
Taking a look at the BOB menu.
Doors closed and we pushed back. Safety demo was performed by the crew in Japanese, but announcements were made both in Japanese and English.
Taxied to Rwy01L for departure.
Departed from Rwy01L bound for Osaka Kansai.
After seatbelt signs were turned off, it was time for the inflight 'meal'. Nope, this was not offered on Jetstar, but purchased from one of the many shops selling bento sets in the airport terminal. And yes, it was an ikura and crab don again. I believe all Japanese airlines, full-service and LCCs alike, allow passengers to consume their own food onboard as it was not mentioned in the inflight magazine, BOB menu or announcements that this is prohibited. Also, all the Japanese airlines do not offer meal service in economy class on all domestic routes. And they do trust that Japanese travellers would not make a mess out of their bring-on-board food.
It was very cloudy below almost all the way till Osaka.
BOB service commenced. All crew, in Japanese style, were very courteous and polite.
As out tickets were inclusive of 500yen of F&B credit each, we used the total of 1000yen to purchase a Jetstar dorayaki and hot green tea set (500yen) and an instant hot porridge (500yen).
The very cute Jetstar dorayaki with red bean filling.
And the msg-laden but tasty instant rice porridge.
Visit to the lavatory, which had the basic amenities.
Cabin from the rear.
There was nothing else to do and nothing to see out the windows apart from thick clouds below till we were approaching Osaka.
The leisurely approach into Kansai was pretty scenic.
A smooth landing in Osaka Kansai Rwy06L ahead of schedule.
Taxied to Terminal One.
Parked at the domestic hall of the terminal.
Disembarking and final look of the aircraft.
ANA B738 at Kansai.
Had a simple, cheap and tasty lunch at Matsuya within Kansai Airport.
For the overnight in Kansai, we stayed at Stargate Hotel Kansai, which was a stop by train from Kansai Airport. Was upgraded to a Corner Double, which was a bigger sized room with huge bath area, and offered splendid views towards the bay and the city from my room at the 48th floor. The hotel was perfect for a short walk to the Rinku outlets, as well as nearby a huge drug store and a 24hrs supermarket for last minute groceries shopping.
View towards Rinku outlets.
Towards the Osaka outskirts.
The Rinku ferris wheel.
Of course, some outlet shopping had to be done at Rinku!
Dinner was a tempura meal at Mametora within Rinku Premium Outlets.
View that greeted me in the morning.
Chitose - CTS
Osaka - KIX
Jetstar offered a very decent domestic offering within Japan. Cabin was clean and spotless, crew were polite and professional, and BOB choices was sufficient for the short-hauls the airline operates within Japan. Overall experience was very consistent with the Jetstar brand.
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