Jetstar Airways

IATA Code: JQ

ICAO Code: JST

Known As: Jetstar Airways

Full Name: Jetstar Airways Pty Limited

Country: Australia

Call sign: Jetstar




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Brief History


The airline was established by Qantas in 2003 as a low-cost domestic subsidiary. Qantas had previously acquired Impulse Airlines and operated it under the QantasLink brand from 2001 onwards, but following the decision to launch a low-cost carrier, re-launched the airline under the Jetstar brand.

Domestic passenger services began on 25 May 2004, soon after the sale of tickets for her inaugural flight in February 2004. International services to Christchurch, New Zealand, commenced on 1 December 2005. Although owned by Qantas, its management operates largely independent of Qantas through the company formerly known as Impulse Airlines an airline acquired by Qantas on 20 November 2001.
 
Originally the airline was headquartered on the grounds of Avalon Airport in Avalon, City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, Australia, and started flying out of Avalon Airport in mid 2004.
 
Despite its low-cost ethos, Jetstar currently offers a limited number of connecting services without through baggage checking though this has changed since international flights commenced in November 2006. Baggage conectivity was added as a service offering for domestic flights connecting with international flights.
 
Reserved seating is currently provided on all routes and on 4 October 2006, Jetstar became the first Australian airline to allow customers to select their seat upon booking.
 
The first flight of sister airline Jetstar Asia Airways took off from its Singapore hub to Hong Kong on 13 December 2004. This marked Qantas' entry into the Asian low-cost market and signified its intention to battle key competitor Singapore Airlines on its home ground. Qantas has a 42.5% stake in Jetstar Asia's ownership.
 
On 1 December 2003, when Qantas announced this new low-cost carrier there was a virtual airline named 'Jetstar International Airlines' already in existence, complete with a web-site. As part of their startup promotion, Qantas sold 100,000 airline tickets for $29, and the virtual airline's web site was swamped with would-be customers, job-seekers, and prospective vendors. The virtual airline sued Qantas, claiming Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, Illegal Cybersquatting, Conversion and Lanham Act Unfair Competition in United States District Court. Qantas settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
 
On 1 December 2005, Jetstar commenced operations from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast to Christchurch in New Zealand. On 7 December 2005, it was announced that Jetstar would establish the world's first global low-cost airline. At the end of 2005, it was announced that Jetstar would fly to Perth, Western Australia, from Melbourne's Avalon Airport.
 
In July 2006, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia were brought together under the Jetstar brand.Online bookings for both carriers were integrated into Jetstar.com.
 
In July 2007, Qantas acquired a 18% stake in Vietnam's Pacific Airlines, to increase to 30% by 2010. The airline was relaunched on 23 May 2008 as Jetstar Pacific.
 
On 1 August 2008 Jetstar announced that it had signed an agreement with the Northern Territory Government to make Darwin International Airport an international hub with plans for seven aircraft to be based in Darwin. Under the agreement Jetstar would be required to base three aircraft at Darwin by June 2009, with a further four by June 2012, with the Territory Government to provide A$5 million to set up the hub and a further A$3 million for promotion of the new routes.
 
On 28 April 2009, Jetstar commenced daily direct services from Auckland to Gold Coast and Sydney. On 10 June the same year Jetstar commenced domestic New Zealand flights between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Jetstar replaced Jetconnect on these routes using Airbus A320 aircraft.
 
From 1 February 2011, Jetstar started its cooperation with the oneworld alliance, allowing people booking an itinerary with a full oneworld member to include a Jetstar flight in the itinerary. However, the flight must be sold via Jetstar's corporate parent Qantas, under a QF flight number.
 
In August 2011 it was announced that Jetstar Japan, a joint venture of Jetstar, Japan Airlines, and Mitsubishi. The airline was expected to start operating in December 2011.

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