Jetstar, Australia’s award-winning low fares airline, is to participate in some of the most popular fares offered by oneworld®, the leading quality airline alliance, extending their coverage of Australasia further still.
Australia – Jetstar, Australia’s award-winning low fares airline, is to participate in some of the most popular fares offered by oneworld, the leading quality airline alliance, extending their coverage of Australasia further still.
From 1 February, flights operated by the Australia-based Jetstar (JQ) and sold under its code-share arrangement with oneworld member Qantas (QF) will be available through the market-leading oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare and oneworld Circle Pacific, Circle Asia and South West Pacific and Circle Trip Explorer multi-continent packages. Qantas code-shares on virtually every Jetstar flight, so this arrangement covers almost the full schedule of Jetstar Australia and New Zealand operations.
Jetstar already participates in Global Explorer, the round-the-world fare offered by all oneworld partners with a number of other airlines that are not members of the alliance, and also in the alliance’s Visit Australia and New Zealand pass – but today’s development is the first time that any carrier which is not part of oneworld is being added to the alliance’s own oneworld-branded mainstream fare packages.
oneworld Explorer is the world’s most popular round-the-world fare. Uniquely, its price is based on the number of continents visited, rather than the mileage flown, making travel planning as simple and flexible as possible. It was also the first alliance fare available for sale via the internet, with an easy-to-use on-line planning tool.
oneworld was already the only alliance offering a full network within Australia, through founding member Qantas. Now these alliance fares uniquely feature the networks of two of the country’s leading carriers, making them the outstanding choice for any multi-continent trips Downunder.
Jetstar’s involvement will add five destinations, all in Australia, and 56 routes in Australasia – including a New Zealand domestic schedule – to these fares, taking the network covered by:
- oneworld Explorer to nearly 800 destinations in some 150 countries worldwide.
- oneworld Circle Pacific to around 450 destinations in some 30 countries in South West Pacific, Asia and North and South America.
- oneworld Circle Asia and South Pacific to some 150 destinations in nearly 20 countries.
All four of these fares cover flights on any oneworld member – which include 12 of the world’s biggest and best carriers and their 20 affiliates – with Jetstar available now too.
For passengers travelling on these fares, Jetstar will provide baggage allowances comparable to other participating airlines, baggage through-check between all international flights, through check-in of passengers between Qantas (QF) and Jetstar (JQ) international flights and, on select services, complimentary in-flight offerings such as meals and comfort packs.
Members of any oneworld airline frequent flyer programme can earn mileage rewards on eligible flights using these fares – including on sectors using Jetstar (see notes) – and enjoy all the privileges to which their membership status entitles them.
oneworld Vice-President Commercial Filip Lemmens said: „oneworld’s fares are alliance market leaders, and we offer a wider range than any of our competitors, giving consumers the best selection of multi-airline packages from which to choose, travelling all the way with best-in-class airlines from each region at great value prices and with great flexibility, while generating valuable additional revenue for participating airlines. The addition of Jetstar to these oneworld fares will make them more attractive still, extending their reach to even more of Asia and Pacific’s exciting destinations.“
Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan said Jetstar continued to break new ground by introducing innovative products for its customers not traditionally offered by low cost carriers: „This unique new fare arrangement with the oneworld airline alliance will offer a whole new range of far-reaching itineraries to customers from all around the globe. Jetstar is now the largest low cost carrier based on revenue in Asia and this new offering will give customers enhanced opportunities to travel with us and at the same time provide us with further leadership in the value-based market. Whilst Jetstar.com will remain our primary distribution channel, through strategic interline and alliance fare agreements such as this, we are tapping into new customer markets.“
1 While, the link-up means flights on Jetstar can be combinable with sectors on all 12 oneworld member airlines and their 20 affiliates through these alliance fares, initially itineraries with Jetstar segments can only ticketed by oneworld carriers that have interline agreements with the airline – American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas and Royal Jordanian. Plans are being developed to extend the arrangement to itineraries being ticketed by other oneworld member airlines.
2 Members of oneworld airline frequent flyer programmes can earn mileage rewards on eligible Qantas-coded Jetstar flights using these fares once their frequent flyer programme host airline has implemented interline links with Jetstar. Currently, this applies to American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, LAN, Qantas and Royal Jordanian.
3 For full details, terms and conditions of these fares, see oneworld.com
Jetstar is the Asia Pacific region’s leading low fares airline, with a network covering 56 leisure destinations across 14 countries with a fleet of 70 Airbus A320s and A330s. Its aim is to provide consistent low fares to Australian, New Zealand and Asian leisure travelers, with its bold and distinctive brand indicative of its fresh and vibrant approach toward low cost travel in the region.
Jetstar’s Australian and New Zealand operation is wholly owned by Qantas but is managed separately and operates independently. Jetstar’s intra-Asian operation is a Singapore-based partnership between Qantas (49 per cent) and Singapore’s Westbrook Investments Pte Ltd (51 per cent). While Qantas is a oneworld founding partner, Jetstar is not part of the alliance.
Jetstar takes pride in cost leadership while offering convenient, comfortable and affordable travel with a fleet of modern aircraft, a network of great destinations, friendly crew and the highest standards of operational excellence.
Jetstar code-shares with three airlines and has 21 interline partners.
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