Australia’s low fares airline Jetstar has reached agreements to commence interline and ticket settlement relationships with international carriers Etihad, Air Tahiti Nui and Air Calin that will provide new seamless booking and ticketing opportunities for customers and the travel industry.
Last month Jetstar commenced interline ticketing sales with Qantas as its first interline partner.
Jetstar’s commercial relationship and commencement of interline fare sales with Etihad takes effect from tomorrow. Interline fare sales with the two South Pacific carriers will start next month.
Etihad commenced Australian operations on 30 March 2009 on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route.
Air Tahiti Nui’s existing route network serves a number of Jetstar international markets including Sydney, Auckland* and Tokyo. (*Subject to regulatory approval).
New Caledonian based Air Calin from Noumea operates a range of international services to Australia (Sydney and Brisbane), New Zealand (Auckland*) and Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), introducing Jetstar customers with first time access to a South Pacific network.
Jetstar Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan said Jetstar continued to break new ground with its interline ticketing agreements providing customers, in particular international visitors to Australia, with the benefit of directly accessing the airline’s growing pan Asian network.
“Our established interline agreements will provide a seamless booking process for both our airline customers and agents wanting to expand their selling network now even more broadly across Australia, New Zealand and increasingly the Asia Pacific,” Mr Buchanan said.
“Jetstar is now the largest player on the important Australia-Japan route and these agreements will provide a fresh choice for Japanese and Australian customers and enhance their travel opportunities with us.
“These new interline offerings give Jetstar further leadership in the value based market.”
Mr Buchanan said the agreements effectively allow more travel options for customers to build more complex itineraries as part of a single transaction.
“These new agreements allow Jetstar to access more passengers globally particularly as we continue to expand our network within Asia and Asia Pacific region,” Mr Buchanan said.
“Whilst Jetstar.com will remain our primary distribution channel, through strategic interline agreements we anticipate being able to tap into new customer markets.”
Similar to interlining offered by full service carriers, Jetstar’s interline ticketing will be available on Global Distribution Systems (GDS).
The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 4,000 flights a week to more than 70 destinations across Asia Pacific. The Jetstar Group carried more than 29 million passengers in financial year 2015.