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Jetstar boosts agent footprint in China
- Jetstar expands sales distribution network in 300 Chinese cities
- 7000 new travel agents now have direct access to Jetstar fares
- Investment in LCC distribution technology ahead of Jetstar Hong Kong* launch
Jetstar has taken a major step in expanding its sales distribution network in China, announcing an agreement with TravelSky that will give more than 7,000 local agents access to its low fares.
Travel agents from 300 Chinese cities who subscribe to TravelSky’s ETerm LCC platform, specifically designed for the low cost carrier market, will now have direct access to Jetstar fares and ancillary products.
The agreement will contribute to Jetstar’s growing relationship with the local travel industry as it expands existing services into China and ahead of Jetstar Hong Kong* launching in 2013.
David Koczkar, Executive Manager Commercial, Jetstar said: “Providing travel agents in China with easy access our low fares is key to supporting our future growth and the ongoing acceptance of our brand.”
“Innovative solutions, specifically designed to our needs, help keep our costs low and our low fares accessible.”
Jetstar has recently included the Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), one of the most widely used payment systems in China, as one of the methods for ticketing agents to buy Jetstar fares.
“Creating convenient ways for agents to do business with us is key to driving accessibility, particularly in markets like China where consumers rely heavily on travel agents as well as our Chinese website,” Koczkar added.
TravelSky GDS Executive officer Lei Yang said Jetstar’s inclusion in TravelSky’s distribution system would help enrich its network resources.
“Both Jetstar and TravelSky will benefit from this cooperation. With Jetstar’s competitive airfares and extensive network, it will enhance our market in the Asia-Pacific region," Mr Lei said.
The deal will apply to all Jetstar-branded carriers including Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Japan, Jetstar Pacific and the future Jetstar Hong Kong*.
Jetstar currently flies to nine Greater Chinese destinations including Beijing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Shantou, Haikou, Guangzhou, Nanning**, Hong Kong and Taipei.
*To operate from 2013 subject to regulatory approval.
**Jetstar Asia operates a twice weekly A320 service between Singapore and Nanning in China, in an arrangement with Air Sino Euro Associates Travel.
The Jetstar Group is one of the Asia Pacific's largest low fares network by revenue.
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; Jetstar Japan; and, subject to regulatory approval, Jetstar Hong Kong.
Jetstar branded carriers operate more than 4,000 flights a week to more than 60 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 25 million passengers in financial year 2014.