MELBOURNE-based Jetstar plans to commence thrice-weekly direct Sydney-Kuala Lumpur services from September 9. It will be the first Australian airline operating to Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The fully owned Qantas subsidiary will start longhaul operations to Malaysia using Airbus 330-200 aircraft with two classes of service including StarClass, Jetstar's business class. The flights are subject to regulatory approval.
Jetstar CEO, Mr Alan Joyce, made the announcement in Singapore during an address to the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Low Cost Carrier Congress. He said the Sydney-Kuala Lumpur route would be a new Qantas Group market and Qantas would extend existing codeshare arrangements on Jetstar to these proposed services.
"This next growth phase for Jetstar is part of the Qantas Group's future two brand strategy," he said.
Jetstar now serves five international markets from either Sydney or Melbourne. These include Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, Bali and Honolulu. A daily Sydney-Osaka service will start from March 25. Other future services include Cairns-Nagoya and Cairns-Osaka.
Source : TTG
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