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✈Airline IATA* code: JQ
✈Airline ICAO* code: JST 
✈Founded: 2003 
✈Website: www.jetstar.com
✈Alliance: None
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*IATA: (International Air Transport Association)
*ICAO: (International Civil Aviation Organization)

History Menu:

✈Airline Beginnings

The airline was established by Qantas in 2003 as a low-cost domestic subsidiary. Qantas had previously acquired Impulse Airlines on 20 November 2001 and operated it under the QantasLink brand, 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 the inaugural flight in February 2004 using Boeing 717.

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. The Airbus A320 formed the backbone of the fleet , with the first arrivals in late 2004. 

In February 2004, Jetstar started operations with transferred Boeing 717 from Qantas. (Photo:planespotters.net)
The first new Airbus A320 for Jetstar arrived at the end of 2004. (Photo:airliners.net)
✈Expansion and Development

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 compete with Singapore Airlines on its home ground. Qantas controls a 42.5% stake in Jetstar Asia's ownership. 

On 1 December 2005, Jetstar commenced operations from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast to Christchurch in New Zealand. In July 2006, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia were brought together under the Jetstar brand. Online bookings for both carriers were integrated into Jetstar.com. It was also at this time that the airline took delivery of the transferred Airbus A330 from QANTAS, to fly the long haul routes. In July 2007, Qantas acquired an 18% stake in Vietnam's Pacific Airlines, to increase to 30% by 2010. The airline was relaunched on 23 May 2008 as Jetstar Pacific. 

As the airline expanded into long haul markets, it acquired the Airbus A330, which it operated until 2015.(Photo:australianaviation.com.au)

On 1 August 2008, Jetstar announced that it had signed an agreement with the Northern Territory Government in Australia to make Darwin Airport an international hub with plans for seven aircraft to be based in Darwin. However in December 2013, Jetstar announced that it would be closing the Darwin base in May 2014 and re-positioning the based aircraft to Adelaide. 

Also, 2018 saw the introduction of the larger A321 aircraft for high demand routes, which were put into operation with the mainstream fleet and the Jetstar Pacific fleets.

On 28 April 2009, Jetstar commenced daily direct services from Auckland to the Gold Coast and Sydney. On 10 June 2009, Jetstar commenced domestic New Zealand flights between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown using Airbus A320 aircraft; services to Dunedin commenced later. Jetstar replaced Qantas subsidiary Jetconnect on these routes. 

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. In August 2011, Jetstar's parent Qantas announced that it would set up a new airline to be called Jetstar Japan. The airline started operating on 3 July 2012, using new Airbus A320. 

Airbus A321 aircraft joined the fleet from 2008. (Photo: Airplane-pictures.net)
In 2012 Jetstar Japan was launched with more Airbus A320. (Photo:Planespotters.net)
✈Recent History and Growth

In November 2013, Jetstar moved its head office from Melbourne's CBD to the suburb of Collingwood. In February 2014, Jetstar signed a codeshare agreement with Emirates Airlines as a continuation of the agreement between Emirates and Qantas, Jetstar's parent airline. By the end of 2013, Jetstar took delivery of three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, marking the start of an extensive fleet renewal. 

The Boeing 787-8 was delivered new to Jetstar in 2013. (Photo:boeing.mediaroom.com)

In December 2015, Jetstar started operating regional services in New Zealand, with 5 turboprop Bombardier Q300 operated under the Jetstar brand by the regional airline Eastern Australia Airlines, one of Qantas’ subsidiaries. In July 2016, Jetstar Pacific signed a memorandum of understanding for 10 Airbus A320ceo. The order, the first direct purchase by the airline, the new aircraft allowed Jetstar Pacific to expand operations on its international network from Vietnam. 

Jetstar operated for a short while the Dash Q300, on behalf of Eastern Australia Airlines. (Photo: airliners.net)

Jetstar announced a delay to it’s delivery of new Airbus A320neo by 9 months as a cost cutting measures after the airline experienced a downfall in revenues during 2017. The new aircraft started to arrive in 2019, and as demand increased the airline also leased some bigger A321 for popular routes. 

Qantas Group confirmed that it will take delivery of 18 Airbus A321neo long-range (A321LR) aircraft from mid-2020. All destined for Jetstar. They will operate the A321neo LRs on routes like Melbourne and Sydney to Bali, currently operated by the 787-8 Dreamliner. The arrival of the first four long range neos will also add capacity on these routes with potential to free up some 787-8 for use on other leisure routes such as Vietnam, China, Thailand and Hawaii.

History source: Wikipedia.org / Jetstar

Jetstar Pacific received new Airbus A321 with enhanced sharklets from early 2020. (Photo:Planespotters.net)
Future deliveries include the Airbus A321 LR for long haul operations. (Photo:jetstar.com)

Operations and Destinations 🌍:

Jetstar has one of the Asian-Pacific region's largest low fares networks. Operating to more than 85 destinations, across Australia, New Zealand and having important presence at the Japanese, Singaporean and Vietnamese markets with it’s subsidiaries Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific respectively. Its main hub is located at Melbourne airport in Australia. It also has hubs at Auckland (NZ), Sydney, Cairns and Gold Coast.


The Jetstar group, currently flies to the following destinations*:

Region 🗺️ Destinations 🌍🌎🌏
✈New ZealandAuckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Wellington
Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Ballina, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne, Melbourne/Geelong, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Townsville
 ✈The Pacific
Honolulu (USA), Nadi (Fiji), Rarotonga (Cook Islands)
Bangkok, Denpasar, Ho Chi Minh City, Osaka, Phuket, Singapore, Tokyo, Zhengzhou

*Destination list is for reference only. Please check directly with the airline for updates. 

*Note some destinations are only seasonal.*Correct info as of  Dec 2018.                                

Fleet ✈️:

With a strategic fleet renewal programme under way, Jetstar counts with the most modern aircraft, with a young age and has an excellent safety record. 

The airline’s fleet* consists of the following aircraft:  

Network 🌐 Aircraft ✈️
✈Short and Medium HaulAirbus A320, A321 (A320Neo and A321LR to be delivered from 2020)
 ✈Long Haul
 Boeing 787-8
*Correct fleet info as of  Dec 2018.       

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Reviews ⭐:

Cheap tickets on sale always in advance👎 No free seat selection at check-in (online)
Different package options to build up your trip (luggage, food, hotel etc..)👎Basic ticket only includes the flight, you need to pay for extras (luggage or seat etc)
Good customer service/Feedback
 Friendly cabin crew
Modern fleet.
More than one piece of checked luggage  allowed up to the total weight purchased.