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QANTAS and Jetstar will bring forward the restart of more international flights to popular destinations from Sydney, will accelerate the return of the A380

QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955608.

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

  • All Australian-based Qantas and Jetstar employees able to return to work in early December 21
  • Qantas to launch new route from Sydney to Delhi before Christmas*
  • Flights from Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg, Fiji to resume ahead of schedule
  • Early return of the A380
  • More Points Planes for frequent flyers

Qantas and Jetstar will bring forward the restart of more international flights to popular destinations from Sydney and operate regular flights to Delhi, the first commercial flights for Qantas between Australia and India in almost a decade.

The national carrier will also bring back two of its Airbus A380 aircraft earlier than planned and is in discussions with Boeing about accelerating the delivery of three brand new 787 Dreamliners, which have been in storage for most of the pandemic.

The faster ramp up follows the Federal and New South Wales governments confirming that international borders would reopen from 1 November 2021 and the decision by the NSW Government to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated arrivals – which significantly increases travel demand.

These decisions – combined with plans by states and territories to reopen domestic borders – support all Qantas and Jetstar workers based in Australia and New Zealand who are currently stood down to return to work by early December 2021. This includes around 5,000 employees linked to domestic flying and around 6,000 linked to international flying.

Due to extended border closures, many international crew have been stood down since the start of the pandemic. Combined with operational and corporate employees already working, the Group’s 22,000 employees are able to return to work in December, which wasn’t expected to happen until June 2022.

International schedule update

Qantas plans to launch a new route from Sydney to Delhi on 6 December 2021 with three return flights per week with its A330 aircraft, building to daily flights by end of the year. This is subject to discussions with Indian authorities to finalise necessary approvals. The flights would initially operate until at least late March 2022, with a view to continuing if there is sufficient demand. Flights from Sydney to Delhi would operate via Darwin, while flights from Delhi to Sydney would operate nonstop.

The updated international schedule published today also includes:

  • Sydney to Singapore: Qantas flights will resume on 23 November 2021, four weeks earlier than scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft. Services will ramp up to daily from 18 December 2021. Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from 16 December 2021.
  • Sydney to Fiji (Nadi): Qantas flights will be brought forward to 7 December 2021 from 19 December 2021. Four return flights a week will be operated by 737 aircraft. Jetstar flights to Fiji will resume on 17 December 2021. Within 48 hours of Fiji announcing its reopening, Jetstar saw a 200 per cent increase in sales versus pre-COVID levels, selling more fares than a typical seven day period.
  • Sydney to Johannesburg: Qantas flights will resume on 5 January 2022, three months earlier than scheduled. Three return flights a week will be operated by 787 aircraft.
  • Sydney to Bangkok: Qantas flights will resume on 14 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled. Five return flights a week will be operated by A330 aircraft.
  • Sydney to Phuket: Jetstar flights will resume on 12 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled. Three return flights a week will be operated by 787 aircraft.

Qantas has also launched additional Points Planes – where every seat in every cabin on a flight is available to book as a reward seat.

Discussions have commenced with the NSW Government about supporting some of Qantas’ international services to Sydney through its recently announced Aviation Attraction Fund. Discussions are also underway with the Indonesian Government about welcoming fully vaccinated Australians back to Bali with reduced or no quarantine requirements, which would mean the resumption of Jetstar and Qantas flights from Sydney to the holiday island months earlier than scheduled.

Today’s announcement is in addition to routes already on sale from Sydney to London and Los Angeles. Bookings on these routes have been extremely strong, with more than 10 additional return services added between Sydney and London due to demand from Australians coming home in time for Christmas.

Qantas frequent flyers have also been booking seats in record numbers, with the largest number of points used on reward seats for a single day in the airline’s history occurring on Tuesday this week, with more than half a billion points redeemed. Frequent flyers can use their points to book one of millions of seats across Qantas, Jetstar and partner airlines as borders open.

Flights to Honolulu, Vancouver, Tokyo and New Zealand are still scheduled to commence from mid-December 2021, with other destinations to restart in the new year.

In line with current Federal Government requirements, these initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents.

Fleet update

Qantas has further accelerated the return of its fleet of A380 aircraft.

Originally expected to remain in long term storage in the Californian desert until the end of 2023, the Group announced in August that five A380s with upgraded cabins would return from July 2022 to operate Los Angeles and London flights. This is now being brought forward a further three months, with two of the A380s to commence flights to Los Angeles from April 2022. One aircraft could arrive by the end of this year to assist with crew training ahead of its return to service.

A further three A380s will return to service from mid-November 2022 with the remaining five expected to return to service by early 2024.

Qantas is also looking to bring forward delivery of three brand new 787-9 aircraft, currently in storage with Boeing, several months earlier than planned as demand increases.

Jetstar will bring the remaining five of its 11 Boeing 787-8s out of storage in Alice Springs over the coming months.

Domestic update

Qantas and Jetstar are preparing to ramp up capacity between Melbourne and Sydney as quarantine-free travel is set to resume between Australia’s two largest cities. Pre-COVID, Melbourne-Sydney was the second busiest route in the world, with the Group operating up to 58 return services per day, but during the latest lockdowns this got down to as low as one return flight per day for essential travel only.

When the Victorian and NSW borders open, Qantas and Jetstar will operate up to 18 return flights per day, increasing to up to 37 return flights per day by Christmas. Additional capacity will be added on other routes to and from Sydney and Melbourne, as restrictions are lifted by other states and territories.

And from Melbourne:

Qantas will bring forward international flights from Melbourne following the Victorian Government’s decision to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning from overseas from November.

The national carrier welcomes the decision by the Victorian Government, which was made possible by the huge number of Victorians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated.

The updated international schedule out of Melbourne published today includes:

  • Melbourne to London: Qantas flights will be brought forward to 6 November 2021, six weeks earlier than scheduled, operating two days per week with 787 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December 2021.
  • Melbourne to Singapore: Qantas flights will be brought forward to 22 November 2021, three weeks ahead of scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December. Jetstar will also recommence flying four times a week between Melbourne and Singapore using 787 aircraft, a route it hasn’t flown since 2019.

Qantas will offer the first three return services on both routes as Points Planes meaning frequent flyers can access every seat across every cabin as Classic Flight Reward seats. Seats on these flights will also be available as regular flight bookings.

Victorian customers can also now book onward flights to other international destinations including Los Angeles (1 November), Fiji (7 December), Johannesburg (5 January) and Bangkok (14 January) via Sydney.

Flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles will restart from 18 December 2021 with other destinations scheduled to recommence in the new year. Qantas and Jetstar will look at bringing forward additional destinations if possible.   

Initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents in line with Federal Government requirements.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A380-842 VH-OQC (msn 022) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 955608.

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QANTAS and Jetstar to resume flights to New Zealand

Jetstar Airways (Australia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKH (msn 36233) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943879.

QANTAS Airways and Jetstar Airways will restart flying to all pre-COVID 19 destinations in New Zealand when the two-way Trans-Tasman bubble opens later this month.

The national carrier will also launch two new routes direct from Auckland to Cairns and the Gold Coast, providing travelers with more options for holidays in Queensland and New Zealand.

From April 19, 2021, Jetstar and QANTAS will initially operate up to 122 return flights per week across the Tasman on 15 routes, offering more than 52,000 seats each week.

As part of the existing one-way bubble, the Qantas Group has been operating less than 3 per cent of its pre-COVID capacity on the Trans-Tasman. Flights announced will see this increase to 83 percent – a level that reflects a high level of expected demand for what will be Australia’s only international destination for at least the next six months, moderated by the fact that international tourists (beyond Australia and New Zealand) normally account for about 20 percent of the passengers flying between the two countries.

QANTAS and Jetstar schedules

Jetstar will initially operate to Auckland from Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney using its Airbus A320 aircraft, with schedules of both airlines connecting on to Jetstar’s New Zealand domestic network of more than 120 return flights per week to five destinations. Jetstar will resume flights on the remainder of its pre-COVID routes from the middle of the year.

QANTAS’ schedule includes year-round direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown including direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown, routes which Qantas traditionally only operated seasonally for the ski season peak.

A new daily service from the Gold Coast to Auckland will commence when the bubble opens, marking QANTAS’ first ever international flights from Gold Coast Airport. The new Cairns-Auckland route will launch in time for the June long weekend, operating three days per week. Flights will initially operate for nine weeks until late July, and Qantas will look to add more flights beyond this period if there is demand.

QANTAS will initially operate a mix of Boeing 737-800s as well as the wide-body Airbus A330s.

Jetstar and QANTAS will look to grow capacity and the number of routes as the market recovers.

Top Copyright Photo: Jetstar Airways (Australia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKH (msn 36233) DPS (Pascal Simon). Image: 943879.

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QANTAS and Jetstar to suspend scheduled international flights, all A380s. 747s and Dreamliners grounded

QANTAS Group has made this announcement:

  • QANTAS and Jetstar to suspend scheduled international flights from late March, following latest government travel advice; some ongoing ad hoc services possible.
  • 60 percent reduction to domestic flights, focused on cutting frequency.
  • Two-thirds of employees to be temporarily stood down to preserve as many jobs as possible longer term.
  • Payment of $201 million shareholder dividend deferred until September 2020.

The QANTAS Group has outlined the customer and employee impact of a huge drop in travel demand triggered by the public health response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this week, cuts to 90 percent of international flying and about 60 per cent of domestic flying were announced by QANTAS and Jetstar. With the Federal Government now recommending against all overseas travel from Australia, regularly scheduled international flights will continue until late March to assist with repatriation and will then be suspended until at least the end of May 2020. As the national carrier, Qantas is in ongoing discussions with the Federal Government about continuation of some strategic links.

More than 150 aircraft will be temporarily grounded, including all of QANTAS’ A380s, 747s and 787-9s and Jetstar’s 787-8s.  Discussions are progressing with airports and government about parking for these aircraft.

Essential domestic, regional and freight connections will be maintained as much as possible.

QANTAS’ fleet of freighters will continue to be fully utilised. Some domestic passenger aircraft will also be used for freight-only flights to replace lost capacity from regular scheduled services. There is no impact on Qantas Loyalty’s operations as a result of today’s announcement.

INTERNATIONAL NETWORK CHANGES

The QANTAS Group is making the following changes:

  • All regularly scheduled QANTAS and Jetstar international flights from Australia will be suspended from end March until at least end May 2020. Some flights may continue in order to maintain key links, based on ongoing discussions with the Federal Government.
  • Jetstar Asia (Singapore) will suspend all flights from March 23 to at least April 15, 2020.
  • Jetstar Japan has suspended international flights and cut domestic flying.
  • Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam) has suspended international flights and will significantly cut domestic flying.

DOMESTIC NETWORK CHANGES

The Group will maintain connectivity to almost all Australian domestic and regional destinations that QANTAS, QANTAS Link and Jetstar currently operate to. The 60 percent reduction in capacity will come mostly from a significant reduction in flight frequency, but also route suspensions and postponing a number of new route launches.

(The route-by-route detail of these changes can be found here.)

PEOPLE IMPACT

In order to preserve as many jobs as possible longer term, QANTAS and Jetstar will stand down the majority of their 30,000 employees until at least the end of May 2020.

During the stand down, employees will be able to draw down on annual and long service leave and additional support mechanisms will be introduced, including leave at half pay and early access to long service leave. Employees with low leave balances at the start of the stand down will be able to access up to four weeks’ leave in advance of earning it. Unfortunately, periods of leave without pay for some employees are inevitable.

Senior Group Management Executives and the Board have increased their salary reductions from 30 per cent to 100 per cent until at least the end of this financial year, joining the Chairman and Group CEO in taking no pay. Annual management bonuses have also been cancelled.

SHAREHOLDER IMPACT

Given the current extraordinary circumstances, a decision has been made to defer payment of the shareholder dividend announced on 20 February from 9 April until 1 September 2020. This is in addition to the cancellation of the off-market buy back, previously announced.

CEO COMMENTARY

Comments from Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce:

“The efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus have led to a huge drop in travel demand, the likes of which we have never seen before. This is having a devastating impact on all airlines.

“We’re in a strong financial position right now, but our wages bill is more than $4 billion a year. With the huge drop in revenue we’re facing, we have to make difficult decisions to guarantee the future of the national carrier.

“The reality is we’ll have 150 aircraft on the ground and sadly there’s no work for most of our people. Rather than lose these highly skilled employees who we’ll need when this crisis passes, we are instead standing down two-thirds of our 30,000 employees until at least the end of May.”

“Most of our people will be using various types of paid leave during this time, and we’ll have a number of support options in place. We’re also talking to our partners like Woolworths about temporary job opportunities for our people.

“This is a very hard set of circumstances for our people, as it is for lots of parts of the community right now.

“No airline in the world is immune to this, with the world’s leading carriers making deep cuts to flying schedules and jobs. Our strong balance sheet means we’ve entered this crisis in better shape than most and we’re taking action to make sure we can ride this out.

“Since this crisis started, there has been overwhelming support from our customers. That gives me even more confidence that we’ll get through this,” added Mr Joyce.

CUSTOMER INFORMATION

Customer contact centres are currently experiencing long wait times from people seeking to change their travel plans as a result of the Coronavirus. To help manage the demand we ask that customers only call if they have travel within the next 48 hours.

To avoid further inconvenience, we’re converting all bookings on cancelled flights to a travel credit, which can be used anywhere on our network.  Affected customers will be contacted directly from next Monday.  Any customers travelling before the end of May who wish to change their booking are also eligible to receive a travel credit instead.

If flights were booked through a travel agency or third-party website (e.g. Webjet, Booking.com), customers will need to contact them directly to make changes to their booking.

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QANTAS Group cuts international flying by 90%, grounds around 150 aircraft

QANTAS Group has made this announcement:

As a result of significant falls in travel demand due to Coronavirus, and new government restrictions across multiple jurisdictions in recent days, QANTAS Airways and Jetstar Airways will make further and much larger cuts to domestic and international flying schedules.

To be phased in from the end of March 2020 onwards:

  • Total Group International capacity will be cut by around 90 percent until at least the end of May 2020. This is up from a 23 per cent reduction for the fourth quarter of FY20 announced last week and largely reflects the demand impact of severe quarantine requirements on people’s ability to travel overseas.
  • Total Group Domestic capacity will be cut by around 60 percent until at least the end of May 2020. This is a major increase from the 5 per cent reduction for the fourth quarter of FY20 and reflects a rapid decline in forward travel demand due to government containment measures, corporate travel bans and a general pullback from everyday activities across the community.
  • This represents the grounding of around 150 aircraft, including almost all of the Group’s wide-body fleet.
  • Previously announced cuts in place from end-May through to mid-September remain in place and are likely to be increased, depending on demand.

The route-by-route detail of these changes across QANTAS and Jetstar is currently being worked through and will be announced in coming days.

Despite the deep cuts, the national carrier’s critical role in transporting people and goods on key international, domestic, routes will be maintained.  This includes using some domestic passenger aircraft for freight-only flights to replace lost capacity from regular scheduled services. QANTAS’ fleet of freighters will continue to be fully utilized.

PEOPLE IMPACT

The precipitous decline in demand and resulting cuts to flying mean that the QANTAS Group is confronted with a significant labor surplus across its operations. Travel demand is unlikely to rebound for weeks or possibly months and the impact of this will be felt across the entire workforce of 30,000 people.

The QANTAS Group is working to manage this impact as much as possible, including through the use of paid and unpaid leave. This will be in addition to measures already announced, including three months of no pay for the CEO and Chairman, significant pay cuts for Group Executive Management and Board members, and cancelling of annual bonuses and an off-market buy back.

CUSTOMER IMPACT

The Group has issued a wide-ranging booking waiver for customers wanting to suspend their travel plans.

Customers with existing bookings on any domestic or international flight until May 31, 2020, who no longer wish to travel, can cancel their flight and retain the value of the booking as a travel credit voucher. This needs to be processed by March 31, 2020.

Customers who make a new domestic or international booking and later decide they no longer wish to travel, can cancel their flight and retain the value of the booking as a QANTAS travel credit or Jetstar travel voucher. This applies to bookings made from March 10, 2020 until March 31, 2020 for travel before May 31, 2020.

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QANTAS and Jetstar cut flights in response to Coronavirus

The QANTAS Group has today announced temporary reductions to flights across Asia in response to a drop in demand due to Coronavirus.

The actions were announced as part of the Group’s Half Year Financial Results, where the net profit impact of Coronavirus was estimated at between $100 million to $150 million for FY20 – a figure softened by lower fuel prices.

Reductions of around 5 percent will be made to QANTAS and Jetstar’s flying between Australia and New Zealand.

There is no change to other key parts of the QANTAS International network, such as the US and UK, which remain unaffected.

Reductions of around 2 percent of total Group domestic Australian flying in the second half are being made to reflect market demand.

Below is a summary of the network changes.

David Gray /Getty Images for Qantas

QANTAS INTERNATIONAL

QANTAS International will cut 16 percent of Asia capacity until at least the end of May, impacting flights from Australia to mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

  • Sydney-Shanghai (the airline’s sole route to mainland China) – will remain suspended
  • Sydney-Hong Kong – reduced from 14 return flights per week to 7
  • Brisbane-Hong Kong – reduced from 7 return flights per week to 4
  • Melbourne-Hong Kong – reduced from 7 return flights per week to 5
  • Melbourne-Singapore – flights to be operated by Boeing 787s instead of larger Airbus 380s (approx. 250 less seats per flight)

QANTAS will reduce flights across the Tasman by 6 per cent with cancellations on Sydney-Auckland, Melbourne-Auckland and Brisbane-Christchurch. Jetstar will reduce its Tasman flying by 5 percent.

JETSTAR GROUP

Jetstar Group will cut its capacity to Asia by 14 percent until at least the end of May, impacting flights from Australia to Japan and Thailand, and intra-Asia flights.

  • Cairns-Tokyo (Narita), Cairns-Osaka, Gold Coast-Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne & Sydney-Phuket will each be reduced by up to two return flights per week.
  • Each of the Jetstar airlines in Asia – Jetstar Asia (Singapore), Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam) – have suspended flights to mainland China and are reducing flights across the region. In particular, Jetstar Asia is reducing total seats by 15 per cent.
  • The Group is looking at transferring an A320 aircraft from Jetstar to QantasLink to meet increased demand from the resources sector in Western Australia.

DOMESTIC AUSTRALIA

QANTAS and Jetstar will reduce total domestic capacity by 2.3 percent for the second half of the financial year to better match demand.

Most of these adjustments have already been published with the balance to be made over the coming days. Cancellations are largely focussed on travel between major capital cities at off-peak times to minimise customer impact.

Demand for regional services is largely stable, meaning that recently announced routes will start as planned, including Sydney-Ballina (Byron Bay), Sydney-Mildura, Tamworth-Brisbane and Sydney-Orange as well as additional flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and from Sydney to Bendigo. Jetstar’s new Melbourne-Busselton (Margaret River) flights are also unaffected.

CEO COMMENTARY

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airlines were taking action now to limit exposure to softening markets.

“Coronavirus resulted in the suspension of our flights to mainland China and we’re now seeing some secondary impacts with weaker demand on Hong Kong, Singapore and to a lesser extent Japan. Other key routes, like the US and UK, haven’t been impacted.

“We’ve also seen some domestic demand weakness emerging, so we’re adjusting Qantas and Jetstar’s capacity in the second half.

“What’s important is that we have flexibility in how we respond to Coronavirus and how we maintain our strategic position more broadly. We can extend how long the cuts are in place, we can deepen them or we can add seats back in if the demand is there. This is an evolving situation that we’re monitoring closely.

“We know demand into Asia will rebound. And we’ll be ready to ramp back up when it does.

“These past few months have been extraordinarily difficult for the tourism industry and we’ve tried to minimise the impact of our capacity reductions as much as possible. About half of QANTAS’ domestic cancellations are between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and we’re avoiding any route exits.

“The capacity we’re taking out is the equivalent of grounding 18 aircraft across QANTAS and Jetstar until the end of May, which in turn impacts about 700 full time roles. To avoid job losses we’ll be using leave balances across our workforce of 30,000 and freezing recruitment to help ride this out. We’ll also take advantage of having some aircraft on the ground by bringing forward planned maintenance,” added Mr Joyce.

[1] For travel between 28 February 2020 and 14 February 2021. See qantas.com for full details after 12:00pm (AEDT) 20 February 2020.

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Jetstar Australia cancels some flights ahead of a strike tomorrow

Jetstar Airways (Australia) has issued this statement:

We have been notified by the Transport Workers Union that it plans to take industrial action that will disrupt travel on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

To minimize the disruption caused by the TWU action, it has been necessary to proactively cancel some of our domestic flights in Australia. We have now contacted all customers who are impacted by these cancellations.

If you are travelling on the February 19, 2020 please see the full list of cancellations at the bottom of this Travel Alert.

International flights to/from Australia ARE NOT affected as a result of the union’s planned action.

  • If you’re travelling on a domestic flight on the 19th you can cancel your flight now and receive a refund: We understand this industrial action creates uncertainty, so if you are travelling with us on Wednesday February 19, 2020 and you want to cancel your flight and make other plans, you can request a refund by completing this FORM.
  • Want to move your travel? You can also contact us to move your domestic flight to another day between 14 and 27 February at no additional cost via Live Chat.

  • Make sure your contact details are up to date: If your fight is affected on 19 February we will contact you directly via SMS and email as soon as we know so please make sure your contact details are up to date. The best way to do this is via Manage My Booking.
  • If your flight is cancelled or delayed by more than 3 hours we’ll look after you: You will be offered the choice of an alternate flight or a refund. For customers who have to overnight away from home as a result of this disruption we will also offer accommodation and meals to a specified value.
  • If your flight is rescheduled or cancelled you can choose a new one without calling us: Just follow the link in your email or SMS to our Recovery Portal and you can review your flight options.

Flights operated by Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific are not affected by this industrial action.

You can find out more about the reasons behind the workers’ industrial action HERE.

 

  • JQ500     Melbourne to Sydney
  • JQ502      Melbourne to Sydney
  • JQ516      Melbourne to Sydney
  • JQ522      Melbourne to Sydney
  • JQ518      Melbourne to Sydney
  • JQ524      Melbourne to Sydney
  • JQ507     Sydney to Melbourne
  • JQ515      Sydney to Melbourne
  • JQ517      Sydney to Melbourne
  • JQ519      Sydney to Melbourne
  • JQ523      Sydney to Melbourne
  • JQ527      Sydney to Melbourne
  • JQ810     Sydney to Brisbane
  • JQ824      Sydney to Brisbane
  • JQ812      Sydney to Brisbane
  • JQ811     Brisbane to Sydney
  • JQ813     Brisbane to Sydney
  • JQ821     Brisbane to Sydney
  • JQ560     Melbourne to Brisbane
  • JQ566     Melbourne to Brisbane
  • JQ570     Melbourne to Brisbane
  • JQ563     Brisbane to Melbourne
  • JQ569     Brisbane to Melbourne
  • JQ567     Brisbane to Melbourne
  • JQ408     Sydney to Gold Coast
  • JQ406     Sydney to Gold Coast
  • JQ411     Gold Coast to Sydney
  • JQ409     Gold Coast to Sydney
  • JQ762     Sydney to Adelaide
  • JQ768     Sydney to Adelaide
  • JQ763     Adelaide to Sydney
  • JQ769     Adelaide to Sydney
  • JQ772     Melbourne to Adelaide
  • JQ776     Melbourne to Adelaide
  • JQ777     Adelaide to Melbourne
  • JQ773     Adelaide to Melbourne
  • JQ954     Sydney to Cairns
  • JQ946     Sydney to Cairns
  • JQ953     Cairns to Sydney
  • JQ949     Cairns to Sydney
  • JQ610     Avalon to Sydney
  • JQ609     Sydney to Avalon
  • JQ632     Avalon to Adelaide
  • JQ633     Adelaide to Avalon
  • JQ703     Melbourne to Hobart
  • JQ707     Melbourne to Hobart
  • JQ702     Hobart to Melbourne
  • JQ708     Hobart to Melbourne

 

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Air France-KLM Group steps up cooperation with QANTAS Group

Air France-KLM released this statement:

Loyalty Programs Collaborate to Enhance Customer Value Proposition

After the resumption of codeshare cooperation in 2018, offering best-in-class solutions to fly between Europe and Australia via Singapore and Hong Kong, the Air France-KLM Group and Qantas Group have continued working on further cooperation opportunities for the benefit of their respective customers.

Starting December 9, 2019 members of Flying Blue, the loyalty program used by the airlines of the Air France-KLM Group, can earn1 miles and XP (Experience Points) as well as spend miles on Qantas flights.

Flying Blue elite members will also have access to additional benefits such as priority airport services and additional checked baggage allowance when traveling on Qantas.

New Codeshare with Jetstar

By the end of December, both Air France and KLM plan to launch a codeshare cooperation with Jetstar Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways, two airlines which are part of the Qantas Group portfolio, connecting respectively in Denpasar and Singapore, thus expanding customer travel options to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Air France and KLM customers will benefit from a seamless travel experience with single ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage.

Under this agreement, Air France and KLM customers will have access to a wider range of destinations in Southeast Asia. Connecting in Singapore from Amsterdam or Paris, Air France and KLM will place their code on 12 additional destinations2 operated by Jetstar Asia Airways: Da Nang (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Denpasar (Indonesia), Medan (Indonesia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Kula Lumpur (Malaysia), Penang (Malaysia), Phuket (Thailand), Yangon (Myanmar), and Darwin (Australia).

During the winter 2019 season, KLM plans to implement codeshares with Jetstar Airways providing itineraries beyond its Denpasar flight to four destinations in Australia: Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney2.

Also expected during December 2019, Air France, KLM and Qantas will extend their codeshare to flights connecting in Bangkok, on top of the existing codeshare via Singapore and Hong Kong, and providing a third route to connect Amsterdam and Paris with Sydney.

Additionally, the two airline groups continue to explore opportunities like potential cooperation with airport lounges.

(1) Earning of miles and XP is only possible on Qantas operated flights that are marketed by Air France, KLM or Qantas
(2) All subject to governmental authorizations

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Jetstar Airways unveils a logo jet promoting Northern Tasmania

Jetstar Airways has made this announcement:

Launceston Airport has led the way in a campaign that promotes Northern Tasmania to thousands of domestic travelers each day by commissioning spectacular new Jetstar Airbus A320 aircraft (VH-VQK) livery.

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The livery, which features Northern Tasmania’s top tourism attractions such as Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay, Cataract Gorge and the Bay of Fires, was unveiled today on JQ737 flying between Melbourne and Launceston airports.

Scenic images on the aircraft exterior have also been replicated throughout the plane, on tray tables and overhead cabin storage. A bespoke 32-page Northern Tasmania travel guide has also been developed for in-flight reading, full of local recommendations and tips.

To celebrate the livery reveal, passengers flying on the plane’s first trip to Launceston were treated to local produce and gifts on arrival at the airport.

Launceston Airport General Manager Paul Hodgen said the aircraft created an unrivalled opportunity to promote key local tourism attractions.

“I’m thrilled to showcase Launceston and the region in such a grand way, highlighting the many natural attractions that are in close proximity to Launceston Airport,” said Mr Hodgen.

“The campaign is part of our strategy to encourage domestic travellers to fly into Launceston as the tourism gateway to Tasmania, before they continue on to explore the rest of the state, putting Launceston Airport firmly “on the map”.

“Whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker or interested in the arts, our city and region appeals to a wide range of markets and we are so pleased to be able to spread the word about Launceston across the Jetstar Australia network.”

Nigel Fanning, Jetstar Head of Product said the airline is excited to work with Launceston Airport and Tourism Northern Tasmania to promote the city and the state with this great livery.

“We’ve been flying to Launceston for almost 15 years. Last year, we carried around 800,000 customers to and from Tasmania with around two thirds of those fares sold for under $100”

Jetstar operates more flights to Tasmania than any other airline, with close to 50 direct return-services from Launceston to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney a week.

The Launceston-themed Jetstar Airbus A320 will be operating until the end of July.

Jetstar introduces its “Aussie Scrabble” logo jet

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has unveiled a promotional livery on Airbus A320-232 VH-VQH (msn 2766) to promote the first Australian version of the board game Scrabble.

The airline issued this statement:

We’re thrilled to be partnering with Mattel on the launch of the new Aussie Scrabble board game!

The first country-specific version of the game will see all your favorite Aussie slang words added to the Scrabble vocabulary.

To celebrate the release of this family favorite we are proud as punch to introduce our newest fleet member, the Aussie Scrabble A320. Fair dinkum, it sure is a beauty!

Photo: Jetstar.

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Jetstar Airways has the first Bombardier Q300 for regional services in New Zealand painted

Jetstar (New Zealand)-Eastern Australia DHC-8-300 VH-TQM (03)(Nose) TSV (Jetstar)(LRW)

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has issued this statement and photos:

Jetstar logo (large)

The first of five Jetstar Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft to be painted in Jetstar livery rolled out of the paint shop in Townsville this week in preparation for regional services in New Zealand later this year.

The aircraft were formerly used by QANTAS Link and will be the first turbo-props to fly under the Jetstar brand.

In addition to the new livery, the Q300s are being given an interior refresh to match the Jetstar onboard product.

Further details of the new services, including the four regional destinations they’ll be flying to in New Zealand, will be announced in a few weeks.

Regional New Zealand flights on the Q300s will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar Airways.

Eastern Australia logo

Copyright Photos: Jetstar Airways. Eastern Australia Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-315 (Q300) was rolled out of the paint shop at Townsville in the new look.

Jetstar aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Jetstar (New Zealand)-Eastern Australia DHC-8-300 VH-TQM (03)(Grd) TSV (Jetstar)(LRW)