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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Budget carriers pledge no increases

Australia's budget airlines say they'll continue to offer ultra-low fares despite the rising price of fuel, which now accounts for nearly half their running costs, up from about 20 per cent 18 months ago.

Jetstar and Tiger are the kings of the below-$50 cheapies (although Virgin Blue occasionally joins them in sale periods) and they're not about to alienate bargain hunters.

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Qantas cuts flights and sacks staff

Qantas has slashed its services to Japan and replaced some of its full service operations to Southeast Asia with Jetstar flights as part of a new cost cutting drive aimed to combat the rise in fuel costs.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Qantas tightens seat belts and cuts capacity by 5% as fuel price continue to fly sky-high

Qantas will slash hundreds of jobs, freeze executive pay, ground aircraft and shut down some routes - and those of its offshoot Jetstar - because of the steep rise in fuel prices.

There will be reduced Jetstar operations at Avalon airport by August and the Melbourne to Uluru and Sydney to Gold Coast routes flown by Qantas would be dropped altogether. In total the moves will cut capacity by 5%.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Passenger planes on go-slow over fuel

Qantas and Jetstar planes have slowed their flying speed in a bid to beat soaring jet fuel costs.

Jetstar has been flying more slowly since last month to conserve fuel, adding several minutes to flights, News Ltd reported on Friday.

A spokesman for Qantas, which owns Jetstar, confirmed its planes had been using variable speed to cut fuel consumption for the past two years.

A Virgin Blue spokeswoman said while it had not altered cruising speeds it was considering slowing its planes during descent.

Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway said fuel prices had risen by 68 per cent in the past 12 months.

"The challenge for airlines is that fuel costs are at record levels," he told News Ltd.

"We have been conducting a trial where aircraft flights are taking a bit longer and burning less fuel.

"Early indications are that we are seeing positive savings in terms of fuel."

The practice, already used in the US, is expected to save airlines millions of dollars and reduce the upward pressure on airfares.

Qantas on Thursday announced it would increase its international fares by four per cent and domestic fares by three per cent from June 4 on the back of soaring world oil prices, which also forced petrol prices beyond $1.60 this week.


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Monday, January 28, 2008

Jetstar's carbon-offset program soars ahead

Jetstar passengers are at least 10 times more likely to offset the carbon emissions created by their flight compared with passengers on rival domestic airlines.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jetstar to fly Melbourne-Singapore route

Jetstar has announced it will start a daily, one-stop service between Singapore and Melbourne.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Jetstar eyes Singapore as key to Europe

Jetstar is considering using Changi Airport as its key overseas long-haul hub, amid growing speculation it could act with its 45 per cent Qantas owned Singaporean affiliate, Jetstar Asia, to offer joint services into Europe.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Indonesian airline wants to fly to Australia

An Indonesian airline with a chequered safety record is looking to launch Australia's fourth low-cost domestic airline, raising a further challenge to Qantas-Jetstar and Virgin Blue's dominance of the market.

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Jetstar plan for Darwin springboard into Asia

Jetstar is in talks with Northern Territory Airports about a fee structure that will allow it to develop Darwin as a hub and springboard for flights to Asia.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Jetstar talks $500 to Europe on 787 Dreamliners

Australians could travel to Europe for less than $500 one-way when Jetstar begins flying its new fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Jetstar muscles up for air bout

QANTAS has unveiled an aggressive growth strategy for its Jetstar subsidiary after placing an order that will more than quadruple the budget carrier's short-haul fleet by 2014.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Jetstar to battle with Qantas on European routes

Jetstar plans to fly to destinations in Europe previously abandoned by Qantas but could also go head-to-head with its parent on existing routes by offering fares of $1000 or lower.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Jetstar looks to Asia

Jetstar expects 70 per cent of its revenues to come from international flying by 2011 as it builds a network that could see it support long haul operations from its Asian investments Jetstar Asia and Vietnam's Pacific Airlines.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Low-cost Jetstar leads the way back to Kuala Lumpur

Jetstar, the low-cost Qantas subsidiary, yesterday spearheaded the airline group's return to Kuala Lumpur as part of a plan to tackle Malaysia Airlines and AirAsiaX on their home turf.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Jetstar pushes Qantas to a $1b profit

Qantas yesterday gave a billion reasons why its 141,000 shareholders rather than a five-strong group of private equity players should own the Flying Kangaroo.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Australia's Jetstar eyes major Airbus order

Qantas Airways Ltd's low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar, said on Tuesday it was looking at making a large order for Airbus A320 aircraft to meet its growth plans for Australia and Asia.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Jetstar makes emergency landing in Bali

A Jetstar flight from Bangkok to Melbourne has been forced to make an unscheduled landing at Bali's Denpasar Airport. (page not found)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

War in the air as Tiger challenges Jetstar

The jostling to be deemed the leading budget airline in Australia continues, with Jetstar bettering Tiger Airways' low fares to Tasmania and Virgin Blue revealing it will set up a $61 million headquarters to further its expansion.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

Tiger chews into Jetstar's cheapest airline vow

Tiger Airways is to offer one-way fares between Perth and Melbourne for $59.95 in a move that has prompted Jetstar to abandon its vow to remain Australia's lowest priced airline.

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Qantas-Boeing deal may extend routes

Qantas has flagged the possibility of establishing long-haul operations through its two Asian budget franchises - Singapore's Jetstar Asia and Vietnam's Pacific Airlines - to complement the already aggressive international expansion of Jetstar.

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Jetstar bound for Bali as market rebounds

Jetstar is planning on doubling its flights from Sydney to Bali after a recovery in the Australian tourist market to the resort island.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Another cheap airline plans to fly to Australia

Chinese budget carrier Viva Macau has confirmed its plans to fly three weekly services to Sydney by late July.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Jetstar launches $3 tickets

Jetstar has offered its Jetmail customers 30,000 tickets at $3 each in response to the planned entry of Asian carrier Tiger Airways into Australia's domestic market.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Qantas bid to extend Jetstar

Qantas has confirmed its agreement in buying a 30 per cent stake in Vietnamese budget carrier Pacific Airlines, with hopes to rebrand the new acquisition as Jetstar.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

JAL deal sets up Jetstar in Cairns for long haul

Jetstar International and Japan Airlines have been approved to codeshare services for at least the next two years, with Jetstar set to establish a long-haul base in Cairns.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Jetstar booking deal melts down website

A '22,000 Seats for $22' online special sent Jetstar's website into meltdown after the sale was announced to the airline's 300,000 email subscribers.

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Jetstar's Honolulu service takes off

Jetstar has launched its Australia to Hawaii service, with flights to Honolulu departing from Melbourne today.

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