Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jetstar boosting Asian Presence

Australian carrier Jetstar Airways has confirmed that it will significantly increase the activities of its Singapore-based division Jetstar Asia with the introduction of five more Airbus A320s and two A330s to add an extra 40 weekly flights, including a new link to Beijing. In addition to Beijing and a new flight to the Chinese city of Ningbo, which we reported last week, the carrier, a subsidiary of Qantas Airways, will introduce flights to Hanoi and increase frequencies to Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and the Indonesian cities of Denpasar and Jakarta.

“Jetstar’s Pan Asian strategy is supported by the booming economies of the region where a new middle class is fuelling an immense appetite for low fares travel,” said Bruce Buchanan, Chief Executive Officer, Jetstar Group. “Last year Jetstar became the largest low cost operator serving Singapore, and with this announcement we plan to extend our lead.”

The airline has carried almost 20 million passengers in the past year and by the end of 2011 will have 17 A320s and four A330s based in Singapore with additional capacity also being provided by its Australian business. As a group, by year-end, Jetstar will offer more than 3,000 flights per week to more than 60 destinations, across 17 countries with a fleet of 86 aircraft.

Further network growth is expected to be announced in the coming months, including a rumoured new joint venture with Japan Airlines (JAL) in the Japanese market, but in the meantime it is the latest expansion in Singapore that is generating headlines for the carrier.

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