Jetstar Asia to commence Qantas codeshare
Jetstar Asia and Valuair will launch a codeshare partnership with Qantas on major Asia Pacific routes from Singapore’s Changi Airport. Since 2004, Qantas has codeshared with Jetstar across most of its Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific services. This arrangement will now be expanded to include Jetstar operations from Singapore - Jetstar’s major flying base in Asia.
Qantas’s ‘QF’ flight numbers will initially be placed on 11 of Jetstar and Valuair’s Asian routes from Singapore, including Jetstar Asia’s daily Singapor-Auckland Airbus A330 service, set to commence from 17 March 2011.
Commencing 1 March 2011 and effective for travel from 1 April 2011, the Qantas-Jetstar Asia/Valuair codeshare partnership will cover the following routes operated from Singapore:
Singapore-Jakarta (operated by Valuair)
Singapore-Auckland (from 17 March 2011)
Singapore-Osaka (via Taipei)
Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City
Jetstar Group CEO, Bruce Buchanan, said; “This commercial arrangement strengthens our existing market leadership position for value based flying in Singapore. It also provides greater consumer traction and access to future Jetstar and Qantas services.”
Jetstar Asia CEO, Chong Phit Lian added that Jetstar’s extended codeshare partnership with Qantas was an important in Jetstar’s development of its Singapore.
“Jetstar’s ongoing strategic development and evolution of our major Singapore flying hub we predict will be greatly enabled over time by this new commercial arrangement with Qantas,” Ms Chong said. “This is a common sense and practical next step to further develop both our Singaporean and broader Pan Asian business.
“This agreement, enhanced by Jetstar’s current strong competitive market position, will no doubt incentivize future travel from Qantas customers, such as those in the United Kingdom and Europe, on the growing Qantas Group network throughout the Asia Pacific region,” she said.
The new agreement includes seamless booking and ticketing for Qantas customers, with full baggage connectivity, standard Qantas baggage allowances, as well as complimentary onboard offerings such as meals and comfort packs.
Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said; “Singapore is Qantas’ major hub in Asia and we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a wider range of travel options from Changi Airport, in partnership with Jetstar Asia and Valuair. Today’s announcement underlines the growing strength of the Qantas Group’s two complementary airline brands in the Asia Pacific.”