Air France, KLM and Jetstar Group enter in unprecedented interline agreement
Air France and KLM and the Jetstar Group of Airlines (Jetstar, Jetstar Asia/Valuair and Jetstar Pacific) have entered into a landmark interline agreement.
Within this agreement, Jetstar, Air France and KLM will form an interline partnership which will encompass all Jetstar ports, which now totals almost 60 across the network including 21 direct markets into Singapore, and Air France and KLM hubs in Paris and Amsterdam.
This is the first interline agreement covering all Jetstar airlines as a collective signed with a full service carrier outside its parent company Qantas.
Marnix Fruitema, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, AIR FRANCE KLM said, “This is a strategic move towards improving our product offering in this fast growing region of the world. By joining forces with Jetstar we are offering more choice in destinations between Europe and the Asia Pacific.”
Jetstar Executive Manager Commercial, David Koczkar said, “Today’s announcement represents the first interline agreement that the Jetstar Group, made up of our growing networks across the Asia Pacific region, has collectively signed with another airline.
“This partnership with one of Europe’s most established carriers will provide new opportunities for customers to more easily travel to the almost 60 destinations across the Asia Pacific region that Jetstar serves, including through our growing Singapore hub.
“It also supports Jetstar’s position as the largest low cost carrier in Asia Pacific.
“Importantly, I also expect that this partnership will have a positive impact on increasing accessibility for customers within our domestic networks in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, leading to significant benefits for each of these local tourism industries.”
Paul Rombeek, General Manager Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, AIR FRANCE KLM said, “The combined network of Air France and KLM, Jetstar offer our customers unprecedented and convenient flight connections throughout East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The timing of this agreement is impeccable as Jetstar grows its footprint in the region.”
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 5,000 flights a week to more than 85 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 37 million passengers in financial year 2017.