Jetstar Asia Valuair Announce Codeshare Partnership with Qantas

Jetstar Asia Valuair have announced a codeshare agreement with Qantas, which
will over the following routes out of Jetstar Asia’s Singapore hub:

 

Destination

Singapore-Jakarta (operated by Valuair)

Singapore-Auckland* (A330 from 17 March 2011)

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur

Singapore-Bangkok

Singapore-Osaka (via Taipei)

Singapore-Denpasar (Bali)

Singapore-Penang

Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore-Phuket

Singapore-Hong Kong

Singapore-Taipei

 

The full media release from Jetstar Asia can be read below:

 

 

 

Jetstar Asia / Valuair commence codeshare partnership with Qantas*

 

Jetstar Asia
(3K) and Valuair (VF) are to launch a codeshare partnership with Qantas* (QF)
on major Asia Pacific routes, strengthening the Jetstar Group’s fast-growing
hub at Singapore Changi Airport. (*Subject to regulatory approval).

 

Since 2004,
Qantas has codeshared with Jetstar across most of its Australia, New Zealand
and Asia Pacific services.

 

This
arrangement, subject to final regulatory approval, will now be expanded to
include Jetstar operations from Singapore – Qantas’ primary hub and Jetstar’s
major flying base in Asia.

 

QF flight
numbers will initially be applied to eleven* Asian destinations served from
Singapore Changi International Airport by Jetstar Asia and Valuair, including
Jetstar Asia’s daily Singapore-Auckland* A330 service, set to commence
from 17 March 2011*.

 

Beginning 1
March 2011 and effective for travel from 1 April 2011, the Qantas and Jetstar
Asia/Valuair codeshare partnership will cover the following routes operated
from Singapore.

 

Destination

Singapore-Jakarta (operated by Valuair)

Singapore-Auckland* (A330 from 17 March 2011)

Singapore-Kuala Lumpur

Singapore-Bangkok

Singapore-Osaka (via Taipei)

Singapore-Denpasar (Bali)

Singapore-Penang

Singapore-Ho Chi Minh City

Singapore-Phuket

Singapore-Hong Kong

Singapore-Taipei

 

Jetstar Group CEO Bruce Buchanan heralded the
partnership saying,
“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 Ms Chong Phit Lian said Jetstar’s
extended codeshare partnership with Qantas was an important advancement and
next step in Jetstar’s evolving Singapore flying hub, a cornerstone to its Pan
Asian network expansion and overall large presence in Asia.

 

“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.

 

Ms Chong
said the new agreement included for Qantas customers a seamless booking and
ticketing experience, with full baggage connectivity, standard Qantas baggage
allowance, as well as complimentary onboard offerings such as meals and comfort
packs# (#on Singapore-Auckland*).

 

Group
Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Rob Gurney, said the codeshare agreement
with Jetstar would expand Qantas’ network of destinations in Asia, providing
greater choice and convenience for passengers.

 

“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,”

Mr Gurney said. “Today’s announcement underlines the growing strength of the Qantas
Group’s two complementary airline brands in the Asia Pacific.” 

 

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