Jetstar enters fare agreement with oneworld
Jetstar has entered into a new fare agreement with members of the oneworld airline alliance, allowing customers to include flights on the low-cost carrier as part of their oneworld itineraries. These include the ‘oneworld Explorer’ round-the-world ticket and ‘oneworld Circle Pacific’, ‘Circle Asia and South West Pacific’ and ‘Circle Trip Explorer’.
From 1 February 2011, Jetstar-operated flights sold under the Qantas codeshare will be sellable by oneworld carriers and travel agents globally as part of these oneworld itineraries. Qantas codeshares on virtually every Jetstar flight, so this arrangement covers almost the full schedule of Jetstar Australia and New Zealand operations.
The unique new fare agreement will initially apply to itineraries ticketed by oneworld carriers that have existing interline agreements with Jetstar, including Qantas, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, JAL, LAN and Royal Jordanian. Plans are being developed to extend the arrangement to itineraries being ticketed by other oneworld member airlines.
Jetstar already participates in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld partners with a number of other airlines that are not members of the alliance, and also in the alliance’s ‘Visit Australia and New Zealand pass’. But today’s development is the first time that any carrier which is not part of oneworld is being added to the alliance’s own oneworld-branded mainstream fare packages.
Jetstar’s involvement will add five destinations, all in Australia, and 56 routes in Australasia - including a New Zealand domestic schedule - to these fares,
Jetstar Group CEO, Bruce Buchanan, said; “Jetstar continued to break new ground by introducing innovative product for its customers not traditionally offered by low cost carriers. The oneworld alliance brings together 12 of the world’s biggest and best airlines and jointly they and their 20 affiliate airlines fly to more than 750 destinations in almost 150 countries.”
“This unique new fare arrangement with the oneworld airline alliance will offer a whole new range of far-reaching itineraries to customers from all around the globe.
“Jetstar is now the largest low-cost carrier based on revenue in Asia and this new offering will give customers enhanced opportunities to travel with us and at the same time provide us with further leadership in the value based market.
“Whilst Jetstar.com will remain our primary distribution channel, through strategic interline and alliance fare agreements such as this, we are tapping into new customer markets.”
For passengers travelling on these fares, Jetstar will provide baggage allowances comparable to other participating airlines, through-check of baggage between all international flights, through-check of passengers between Qantas (QF) and Jetstar (JQ) international flights and on select services, complimentary in-flight offerings such as meals and comfort packs.