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Old December 22nd, 2010, 07:53 PM   #41
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JetStar Asia cancels Singapore – Kota Kinabalu service from mid-Feb 2011

JetStar Asia from 16FEB11 is canceling its 4 weekly Singapore – Kota Kinabalu service. Last flight operates on 15FEB11. Silk Air and Air Asia continues to operate this route.

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Budget airline Jetstar is advertising and booking flights from Auckland direct to Singapore - even though it doesn't have clearance to fly there yet.

But the airline said although this may seem unusual it is standard practice in the industry.

Jetstar spokesman James Aanensen said "it is correct to say that it is not approved in terms of the minute details but it's not unheard-of.

"It does seem a bit odd but I can guarantee that it's a standard formality for every flight. The airline is very confident that it will go ahead. It's not something they can do on the spot."

He expects the airline will have clearance between seven and 10 days out from the first flight.

Airline Industry Association chief executive Irene King said airlines do this to cut down time between approval and start-up because they don't know when they will get the approval.

The fine print on Jetstar's adverts say the flights are non-refundable - but King said if approval wasn't given the airline would have to refund passengers under the Consumer Guarantees Act.
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By NISHA RAMCHANDANI

LOW cost carrier Jetstar is expanding its services into China with the launch of its direct Singapore-Hangzhou flights from March 22, making the new service its seventh destination in China.

Jetstar will commence service to Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, with flights three times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) on its Airbus A320 aircraft, but will bump this up to four times weekly with a Sunday service from March 27.

'As an emerging player in the Chinese market, we hope to play a positive future role in global aviation's key future travel market. Our future planned Singapore-Hangzhou services form part of this strategy to further grow our low fare services to China,' said Jetstar Asia CEO Chong Phit Lian.

Currently, Jetstar serves Haikou, Shantou and Guilin with multi-weekly direct flights from Changi Airport, and flies at least daily services from Singapore to Hong Kong, Taipei and Macau.

Flights to Hangzhou - which is 180 kilometres south-west of Shanghai - will start from $198 (one way, all inclusive JetSaver Light fares). However, to celebrate the launch of the new service, one way, all inclusive JetSaver Light fares of $98 are on sale as of 3.01 am this morning until 11.59pm on Jan 20. Sale fares are available for travel between March 22 to May 25 this year.
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Jetstar CEO: Delivery Of Boeing 787 Delayed 6 Months Until End Of 2012

By Gaurav Raghuvanhsi

Published January 26, 2011 | Dow Jones Newswires



SINGAPORE -(Dow Jones)- Jetstar Airways expects the delivery of its first Boeing 787 aircraft to be delayed by six months until the end of 2012, Chief Executive Bruce Buchanan said Thursday.

Jetstar's parent company, Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU), has ordered 50 787s from Boeing for both itself and Jetstar, and last year said it expected to take the first delivery of these aircraft in mid 2012.

"The delay won't affect our long haul (flight) plans," Buchanan told reporters on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Singapore.

Boeing has been behind schedule in the delivery of its 787 aircraft. The first aircraft is now expected to be delivered in the third quarter of this year after its seventh official delay left it more than three years late.

The company said this week that it planned to deliver 25 787s this year.
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Asia Pacific budget carrier Jetstar is aiming to grow its Asian business by at least 30 per cent this year and is looking to open routes to Europe and North America when it takes delivery of the long-delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2012.

The move would put the Melbourne-based Qantas affiliate, which has an Asian hub in Singapore, in competition with Malaysia's Air Asia X and potentially with some established long-haul full service carriers such as Singapore Airlines.

Jetstar group CEO Bruce Buchanan said that the company will also join Oneworld alliance, which will put it in the same team as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Japan Airlines.

"We want to grow our business by at least 30 per cent in this region," Mr Buchanan said.

"We started the long haul network from Singapore in December to complement the short haul network that we've got. Europe has always been in our plan as well as North America.

"A lot of it will depend on fleet deliveries, we are planning to use the 787 for some of those routes and because of the delay in the 787, we are focusing more on the Asian growth opportunities."

Jetstar flies from Singapore to China and Australia and on other shorter routes. Mr Buchanan said the first deliveries of the 25 Dreamliners on order by Jetstar was likely to be in 2012.

Boeing has announced that the first delivery of the lightweight, carbon-composite Dreamliner is expected to be in the third quarter of this year, after a nearly three year delay.

Australian flag carrier Qantas controls 100 per cent of Jetstar's Australian operation and 49 per cent of the Singapore-based Asian business. Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings controls 19 per cent of the Asian operation.

The company operates 77 aircraft, mostly the narrow body Airbus A320s and wide body A330-300.

The global airlines industry is recovering from the sharp downturn in 2009 when it recorded a net lost of nearly US$10 billion, according to trade body IATA.

IATA predicted the industry would generate US$9.1b (NZ$11.8b) profit this year after an estimated US$15.1 billion profit in 2010. Reuters
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Jetstar bent on maintaining top regional LCC position
Airline aggressively boosting capacity and services; forging alliances, partnerships

By VEN SREENIVASAN


AFTER a difficult start here some six years ago, budget carrier group Jetstar has taken off strongly in the last two years to become the largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in Singapore and the region. And this aggressive growth will continue into 2011 and beyond, group CEO Bruce Buchanan stated in no uncertain terms yesterday.

'Our hub operations here have enabled Jetstar to become the largest operator of LCC flights from Singapore Changi,' said Mr Buchanan, who was in town. 'We had seat capacity and ASK (available seat km) growth of over 50 per cent, which enabled us to introduce new routes and increase services on routes like Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Hong Kong. New capacity also allowed us to create a footprint into China with two new mainland China routes launched and a new one flying to Osaka in Japan, via Taipei from Singapore. Jetstar is the largest low-cost carrier in the region, and it is a position we very much intend to hold.'

He added that this leadership in the LCC segment was crucial for growth: 'Evidence from Europe and North America aviation markets over recent decades suggests that the earlier movers become the successful leaders in the long run.'

Having started the long- haul Singapore-Melbourne service late last year, Jetstar plans to add a second service from Auckland in March. It currently serves 52 destinations in 17 countries across Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Buchanan said that by April, Jetstar's ASK would have grown 20 per cent.

Besides boosting capacity, expanding routes and taking on feeder traffic from parent Qantas, Jetstar is also pushing for growth via alliances and partnerships. It has just signed a new code-share partnership with Finnair, barely half a year after a similar partnership with Air France-KLM. And from next month, it will be a member of the OneWorld global alliance too.

'These interline partnerships enable us to become a distribution channel for these European airlines as well as provide them with a pan-Asian network extension,' he told BT, adding that such partnerships accounted for 20 per cent of the Jetstar group's revenue.

Ancillary income has also been growing strongly, now accounting for some $23 per passenger, more than five-fold that from several years ago.

All this stands in sharp contrast to its recent past, when the airline was struggling for several years amid cut-throat regional LCC competition. Then came the April 2009 restructuring which resulted in the operational integration of Jetstar Australia and Jetstar Asia, and closer coordination and support from parent Qantas.

The shareholding structure of Jetstar Asia changed as previous shareholders were bought out by Qantas and its local partner, Singapore travel entrepreneur Dennis Choo Teck Wang, for some $35 million.

The airline also benefited hugely from the liberalisation of Malaysian routes.

The airline is now intent on maintaining its newfound dominance and is aggressively boosting capacity and services.

After taking in 20 planes last year (including three into Jetstar Asia's fleet to make its current 12 A320s), it will take in another 70 planes in the next few years, including its fleet of B787s which will start arriving late next year. Mr Buchanan said it will add 30 per cent capacity growth this year for Asia alone.

'Our brand is now No 1 in Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand,' Mr Buchanan said. 'These are markets with high disposable income and fast growth.'

The airline will focus increasingly on China and India.

A second A330 will be based at its Changi hub by March, followed by a third by year-end as it starts a third (as yet undisclosed) long-haul route. But Mr Buchanan hinted at some dissatisfaction with the rising operating costs at Changi.

'We offer high growth and traffic in return for lower charges,' he said. 'But since its corporatisation, Changi seems to be somewhat more driven by revenue considerations.'

Cost has become an increasingly important focus for Jetstar, he added.

'With industry yields in continuous decline in real terms, to not reduce your costs annually by at least this figure of around 3 per cent means your airline is merely treading water. Over the last six-and-a-half years, Jetstar has used our global scale to reduce its controllable costs by approximately 5 per cent every year. And this has been the driver to our continued, sustainable growth.'
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Jetstar Group and Qantas is expanding their codeshare agreement to cover 11 routes originating from both companies' Singapore hub at Changi International Airport.

Jetstar Group's airline brands - Jetstar Asia and Valuair - will carry Qantas flight numbers on their flights to Jakarta, Auckland, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Osaka (via Taipei), Denpasar, Penang, Ho Chi Minh City, Phuket, Hong Kong and Taipei.

Tickets for the codeshare routes will be on sale from March 1 and will be valid for travel from April 1, 2011. The partnership will also apply on Jetstar Asia's new daily Singapore-Auckland which will be launched on March 17, using an Airbus A330.

For Qantas customers, these new codeshare flights with Jetstar Asia and ValuAir give them wider travel options from Changi airport. As part of the agreement, Qantas customers on these codeshare flights will also receive a seamless booking and ticketing experience, with full baggage connectivity, standard Qantas baggage allowance as well as complimentary meals.
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Peter Smith in Sydney, 15:30, Tuesday 1 February 2011

Since its launch in May 2004, Qantas-owned Jetstar has grown into the Asia Pacific (news) 's largest low-cost carrier, flying to 56 destinations in 14 countries.

Available seat kilometres - a measure of passenger capacity - rose 28 per cent in the 12 months ended June and a similar increase is expected this year with particularly strong growth out of its hub in Singapore.

Jetstar has also been the growth engine for the group, with underlying earnings before interest, tax and depreciation rising to A$131m in 2009-10, nearly double the flagship Qantas brand whose number of premium customers fell heavily during the global downturn.

Jetstar has enabled the group to penetrate new markets and shielded Qantas from the worst of the downturn.

Qantas is "the only airline globally that has successfully built a dual brand," said Cameron McDonald, an analyst at Deutsche Bank (Xetra: 514000 - news) .

Jetstar was launched after Virgin Blue, an Australian-listed leisure carrier, but it arguably had first-mover advantage in its home with its heavy emphasis on the low-cost sector.

In Europe, by contrast, many of the big carriers were forced to react to the likes of EasyJet (EJETF.PK - news) and Ryanair, now established as that region's largest no-frills carriers by passenger numbers.

Qantas also worked hard to differentiate the products offered by its two brands to avoid confusing customers.

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My Joyce, who led Jetstar for its first five years, said he does not favour one brand over the other, but that Jetstar had created "competitive tension."

"It does generate some very good and very efficient processes within the group," he said.

He said that from the outset, management focused on making sure Jetstar had the "lowest-cost space in the Australian market because we always figured lowest cost would win".

It also set up a flying committee comprising Qantas and Jetstar executives that examined all flight destinations to prevent Jetstar from cannibalising the main brand.

Jetstar plans to begin flying into southern Europe (news) , possibly late next year, but Mr Joyce said the low-cost carrier will in the medium term focus on Asia-Pacific (002790.KS - news) - "where the best profits are to be made".
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The Transport Department said Friday local airlines should expect the entry of Australia-based Jetstar Airways in the Philippines by the end of 2011.

“[Jetstar] made a courtesy call this week. Their plans are very similar to the proposal of Air Asia,” Transport Undersecretary Glicerio Sicat told Manila Standard in a text message. “Most probably, it will be by end of 2011.”

Malaysia-based Air Asia International Ltd. formed local unit Air Asia Philippines last year and will start mounting regional flights on Sept. 1.

Air Asia owns 40 percent of the local unit while Filipino businessmen Antonio Cojuangco, Marianne Hontiveros and Michael Romero hold a combined 60 percent.

Transport Secretary Jose de Jesus said in a separate phone interview that Jetstar executives disclosed during the courtesy call that the airline was in talks with local companies for an airline venture.

“They said they are in talks with local companies but I cannot name them,” De Jesus said.

“According to them, they want to mount international flights from the Philippines. They also plan to go domestic, if [the unit is] incorporated,” he added.

De Jesus said the entry of another airline in the local aviation industry was a welcome move because cheaper air fares would encourage travel within the country and boost tourism.

“This is a free enterprise. More competition, the better,” he said.

A source earlier confirmed that Jetstar was in talks with San Miguel Corp. for its planned local unit in the country. The source said there was nothing definite yet on the planned partnership.

Jetstar earlier disclosed that a tri-weekly direct Manila-Darwin service will start on Feb. 9 as part of the airline’s increasingly integrated pan Asian network.

The service, which will use Airbus 320, will link Jetstar’s Darwin hub to key southern interstate markets, including Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns.

Jetstar’s Singapore unit is also mounting flights between Manila and Singapore.

The International Air Transport Association said passenger volume of airlines in the Asia-Pacific region grew 9 percent in 2010, ahead of the global expansion of 8.2 percent.

IATA said passenger demand growth slowed to 2.9 percent in December last year. The group said the economies of China and India continued to lead the region’s recovery.
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February 04, 2011

BUDGET CARRIER Jetstar Airways will establish a local hub in the country "if talks with a local conglomerate work out," the Transportation department said yesterday.
Jose P. de Jesus, secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC), told BusinessWorld in a telephone interview on Friday the Australia-based airline had expressed its intention to establish a local hub either at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay or at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga.

"They are currently in talks with a local conglomerate. But we are not allowed yet to disclose the entity as the negotiations are still on going. It is still premature," he said.

"The company wants to expand its reach in the region. Jetstar decided to expand operations in the Philippines to increase its flights between other Asian countries," he added.

Mr. De Jesus said the expansion of Jetstar’s Philippine operations would boost competition. "Passengers will have more options. This will boost the tourism industry as well as local commercial aviation," he said.

Early this week, Jetstar said it was set to fly Manila to Darwin, Australia starting Feb. 9 on a thrice-weekly service.

Jetstar Airways, based in Melbourne, Australia, is a subsidiary of Qantas Airways Ltd. The Jetstar group includes wholly owned Qantas subsidiaries operating from Australia and New Zealand, an express ground handling unit, and partner carriers including Jetstar Asia and Valuair in Singapore and Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam.

The carrier currently offers direct connections twice a day to Manila from its Singapore hub. The airline has a local ticketing office in the country. -- Aura Marie P. Dagcutan
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Australian budget carrier Jetstar Airways will transfer over 400 airline jobs to the Philippines and plans to launch flights to popular local tourist spots such as Boracay and Cebu.

“The Philippines is a strong Asian market. Traffic is high due to Filipino workers outside the country,” Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan told reporters in an interview Wednesday.

“We are always up for more space in the market place, maybe 5 to 10 percent. We are always looking for opportunities to boot up network presence in the market,” he said. “We are growing in excess of 200 percent in revenues from [flights originating in] the Philippines for the last 12 months. A sign of how popular the services are,” Buchanan said.

He said the government’s plan to endorse an open skies policy and efforts to privatize airports drove the carrier to expand its operations in the country.

“I think that is going to be very beneficial to the tourism in the Philippines and for the whole economy. As the market liberalizes, more competition will come in the marketplace,” Buchanan said.

He said Jetstar was considering flights to airports outside Manila, specially Caticlan Airport in Aklan and Mactan Airport in Cebu.

“Most are very excited about Caticlan because part of the airport is being upgraded to be of full service in the next few years. Cebu is also quite attractive due to a number of tourist destinations in the area,” Buchanan said. “We are very positive and supportive on government’s deregulation and privatization plans.”

Meanwhile, Buchanan said over 400 airline jobs would be brought to the Philippines, consisting mainly of call center and technical tasks from Australia.
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Jetstar has announced a series of new deals that will enable it to be less like a low-cost carrier and more like its parent, Qantas, on services to Singapore from Auckland and Australian airports in a widening of ties with the global oneworld alliance.

Passengers on oneworld carriers flying into Singapore, such as Royal Jordanian, British Airways and Finnair, will be able to connect seamlessly with Jetstar services carrying code-shared Qantas flight numbers.

They will even be entitled to free meals, automatic baggage transfer and a Qantas-like baggage allowance - even when passengers around them hold regular Jetstar tickets and have to pay for extras. The only perk they'd expect on their home carriers not available for free on Jetstar is in-flight entertainment.

The deal applies to all oneworld fare types, such as ''Explorer'' round-the-world tickets, sold through the Qantas and oneworld sales systems.

Jetstar doesn't see any problem with a further blurring of the lines between low-cost flying and traditional full service.

''It's another building block on the broader proposition of the Singaporean hub,'' Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway says. ''We have an agreed product position which will have a meal service and a refreshment service, connectivity for bags and baggage limits.

''We've had code-share arrangements in place since 2004 with Qantas out of Australia. This is a commonsense next step.''

As part of the strengthening of its Singapore hub, Jetstar recently began flying a widebody A330 from Melbourne to the city daily and will soon do so from Auckland. Both services connect with onward Jetstar Asia flights, as well as Qantas flights to Europe.

One of Jetstar Asia's new priorities is connecting Singapore and Australia with China. Jetstar has hinted that direct flights into China are a possibility later this year.
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February 17, 2011 - 12:38PM

If there was any doubt that Qantas boss Alan Joyce was “Jetstar-ising” the national carrier, the December profits give the strongest indication yet that Jetstar is getting close to overtaking Qantas as the carrier's most profitable brand.

The results, and a bullish outlook for the full year, pushed the share price up 5.4 per cent to $2.52 - their best day since June 2006.

But a closer look at the December-half results shows that the low-cost carrier, Jetstar, returned a record profit of $143 million for the six months on revenue of $1.3 billion. The Qantas unit itself reported a profit of $165 million on four times the revenue of $5.7 billion.
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This outcome is a startling wake-up call on how big Jetstar is getting, how profitable, and how few headaches the division has in terms of unions and costs. In the previous corresponding period, Qantas reported a profit of $60 million, while Jetstar's was $121 million.

Like Jetstar, the group's frequent flier division recorded a record profit.

The main problem for Qantas is its international unit, which loses money. Joyce recently ordered a review of the international arm of Qantas to see how to restore profitability. The most likely impact will be further route cuts for the Qantas brand and a transfer to the Jetstar brand.

Between 2003 and 2009, international capacity to Australia increased by 39 per cent, but inbound passengers increased by just 10 per cent. This trend was due to many factors, including airlines from the Middle East taking market share, as well as Qantas reducing routes and capacity on some of these routes, allowing Emirates and others to fly into the breach.

Jetstar grows

In terms of capacity, its latest accounts show that Jetstar increased domestic capacity by 20 per cent and international capacity by 18 per cent. This pace is in contrast to Qantas, which expanded capacity by 3.3 per cent, with plans to increase it 4.5 per cent.

Jetstar has a lot of advantages over Qantas, including fewer unions and different pay scales. This divergence has caused a lot of consternation among staff and unions, who argue that younger pilots are being pushed into the lower pay and worse conditions at Jetstar. The argument is that Jetstar is getting the newer planes and the younger pilots, while the more experienced pilots are with the Qantas brand.

Joyce was appointed to the top job in July 2008, after running Jetstar. The elevation was the first indication that the board had a lot of faith in the budget airline model, particularly as it set out to build the Jetstar business at a time when it was winding back the full-service provider Qantas.

Still, Qantas is one of the few airlines with two successful brands. Joyce will have to be careful that he doesn't destroy the Qantas brand as he turbo-charges growth in Jetstar.
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Last updated 05:00 18/03/2011

Jetstar says demand on its New Zealand services has held up despite an array of natural disasters across its network, including Australia and Japan.

The airline will be the first budget carrier to start long-haul services to New Zealand when its inaugural service from Singapore to Auckland touches down this morning.

The service will compete head on with Singapore Airlines' two daily flights, the only other carrier to fly the route, by adding about 4200 seats a week.

Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan said in Singapore yesterday: "It has been four months of volcanoes, cyclones, floods, tsunamis and multiple earthquakes."

The natural disasters, including last week's massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Christchurch quake, and floods and cyclones in Australia, have had a short-term impact on bookings and disruptions to services, but this had been limited to the immediate disaster areas.

The Christchurch earthquake had not affected demand on the new Singapore to Auckland route, Mr Buchanan said.

But demand for Jetstar's trans-Tasman services to Christchurch would fall.

"With the lack of hotel accommodation we are going to see some significant changes to travel patterns," he said.

The airline was monitoring demand and could compensate for any reduction by either following Air New Zealand in reducing flights or slowing its growth in the market.

While there had been some drop-off in the numbers travelling to Japan following last week's magnitude-9 earthquake, there had been no significant cancellation from Japanese passengers. The airline was continuing to fly its full schedule to Japan.

Mr Buchanan remained confident about the Southeast Asian market, which has grown by at least 40 per cent a year for the last two years, with similar growth expected this year.

"We see strong demand around the region. It is recovering very strongly."

The new service to Auckland connects with Jetstar services beyond Singapore to Jakarta, Bali, Phuket in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said the route created opportunities for growth from Singapore and neighbouring countries.

"The Asian visitor market is critical to New Zealand, as the growth in the number of people travelling internationally is continuing to grow month on month," Mr Bowler said.

A shortage of seats from south-east Asia had made it more difficult to attract tourists from the region, he said.

Air New Zealand abandoned its flights to Singapore in 2006 in favour of expansion to China.

Another low-cost airline, AirAsia X, will start direct services between Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch next month, with connections to Europe.

Jetstar is offering base fares as much as half those on Singapore Airlines, but checked-in luggage, meals and in-flight entertainment all cost extra.

A Jetplus fare, which includes a 20 kilogram luggage allowance and meals, costs $1136 return from Auckland in April, compared with $1919 on Singapore Airlines.

Mr Buchanan said the airline typically forced fares down by 20 to 40 per cent on routes it entered.

The service uses a 303-seat Airbus A330-200 in two classes, including 38 StarClass seats which offer more leg room and a much wider seat than economy class for about the same price as an economy fare on Singapore Airlines.

The Auckland service is flown by Jetstar Asia, which is 49 per cent owned by Jetstar-parent Qantas and the rest by Singaporean businessman Dennis Choo.Roeland van den Bergh travelled to Singapore courtesy of Jetstar.

- The Dominion Post
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Thanks again Vrooms for your contributions of news to this thread.

Great to see Jetstar do amazing things
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Your welcome!! Yeah i hope to see jetstar launch more long haul routes especially to Europe soon.
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Maybe more american destinations too besides Hawaii.
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