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Jetstar logo.svg
Founded 2003
Hubs Melbourne Airport
Secondary hubs
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Qantas Frequent Flyer
Fleet size 71
Destinations 37
Company slogan Australia's No. 1 Low Fares Airline
Low Fares, Good Times (Fly Away)
All day every day low fares
Parent company Qantas (100%)
Headquarters Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Key people Gareth Evans (Group CEO)
Revenue Increase A$3.636 billion
Operating income Increase A$452 million

Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd, trading as Jetstar, is an Australian low-cost airline (self-described as "value based") headquartered in Melbourne. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas, created in response to the threat posed by low-cost airline Virgin Blue. Jetstar is part of Qantas' two brand strategy of having Qantas Airways for the premium full-service market and Jetstar for the low-cost market. Jetstar carries 8.5% of all passengers travelling in and out of Australia.

The airline operates an extensive domestic network as well as regional and international services from its main base at Melbourne Airport, using a mixed fleet of the Airbus A320 family and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Like its Qantas parent, Jetstar competes with Virgin Australia and its fully owned low-cost subsidiary Tigerair Australia.

Qantas, through the Jetstar Group, also has stakes in sister airlines Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Jetstar Japan.

Sister companies


Jetstar Airbus A321 at Melbourne Airport
A Jetstar Airbus A321

In 2003 Qantas bought the bankrupt Impulse Airlines, and established Jetstar as a low-cost domestic subsidiary. In February 2004 Jetstar Airways start selling tickets to passengers for flights. On 1 December, 2005 she started flying to 1st international airport in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In-flight service

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VH-YQH Boeing 717-231 Jetstar 'Domino's Pizza Puffection' logo-jet

On all domestic routes Jetstar has a buy on board single class service offering food and drinks for purchase.

On all Boeing 787 international routes, Jetstar offers a two-class service.

Business Class

Jetstar offers Business Class on its B787-8 aircraft. The Business Class cabin is fitted with 21 leather premium class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, similar to Qantas domestic Business Class or Qantas international premium economy class. The service is inclusive of all meals and beverages, in-flight entertainment, and includes an increased baggage allowance of 30 kg. Business Max fares also include Qantas Club lounge access where available, and earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

Economy Class

Jetstar offers either pre-purchased meals on wheels or buy on board service with food and beverages.

In-flight entertainment

Passenger cabin of a Jetstar Boeing 787
Seat-back videos in the economy class section of Jetstar's Boeing 787

The airline has an inflight magazine. In November 2011 Jetstar became the first airline to offer passengers iPads for use as in-flight entertainment devices. The units, which are pre-loaded with movies, games and magazines, are provided on flights over two hours duration and are available for a fee in Economy Class but are complimentary in the international Business Class cabin, although some aircraft have seat back entertainment screens. The options available are changed on a bi-monthly basis depending on customer feedback forms which are collected by head office through a random selection process.

Jetstar's Boeing 787 aircraft are fitted with 10-inch seat-back on-demand entertainment screens in business class and 9-inch screens in economy class.

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