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Jetstar Asia launch


Qantas yesterday launched its anticipated low-cost Singapore carrier, Jetstar Asia.

The airline is expected to begin operations by the end of this year to destinations within five hours of Singapore.

Schedules and routes will be announced in coming weeks after the airline has secured an airline operator’s certificate and traffic rights.

Jetstar Asia chief executive Con Korfiatis said up to 200 jobs would be created when the new airline was launched, with 45 experienced pilots and more than 50 cabin crew already on board.

He said the carrier would use Airbus A320 aircraft, which seat 180 customers.

The airline plans to have four aircraft in its fleet by January next year and aims to build this to more than 20 aircraft over the next three years.

It is a partnership between Qantas (49 per cent), Singaporean businessmen Tony Chew (22 per cent) and FF Wong (10 per cent) and Temasek Holdings (19 per cent).

“The new Jetstar Asia brand is indicative of our fresh and vibrant approach toward low-cost travel in the region,” Qantas ceo Geoff Dixon said.

“We’re building a new Asian airline which will feature a brand-new fleet, Asian hospitality and the operational excellence for which Qantas is famous to create a new, natural and friendly on-board culture.”

The crew uniform will reflect the fusion of Asian tradition and contemporary design, based on the traditional Chinese high-necked Qi Pao.


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