Jetstar Asia gives Singapore community groups a Flying Start

  • Jetstar Asia to offer SG$80,000 in travel and grants between 2013 and 2014
  • Social enterprise champions Elim Chew and Emily Teng to lead Flying Start judging panel
  • Programme aims to help not-for-profit groups and organisations expand their reach

Jetstar Asia today launched Jetstar Flying Start, an exciting grant initiative to help not-for-profit organisations fund projects that will make a positive impact in their local community.

This new programme will offer a SG$20,000 grant, made up of SG$10,000 worth of Jetstar travel vouchers and SG$10,000 cash, to four deserving Singapore-based charities or organisations.

In the span of a year, Jetstar will offer SG$80,000 to help four community groups fund their initiatives and projects.

Jetstar Asia CEO, Barathan Pasupathi, said the airline was thrilled to be launching this initiative in Singapore.

“This is a great opportunity for Singapore-based groups to expand their reach through new projects. By helping them turn ideas into real benefits, Jetstar is empowering these organisations to make positive changes to the lives of many.

“By giving back to the Singapore community, we hope our efforts will bring more cheer to those in need and strengthen our social fabric,” Mr Pasupathi said.

Entries will be reviewed each quarter by a panel of judges comprising social entrepreneur Elim Chew, social enterprise champion Emily Teng, Jetstar Asia CEO Barathan Pasupathi and Jetstar Asia pilot Captain Jeffrey Pang.

“I believe every individual and company should do what they can to build an inclusive world. Through Jetstar’s Flying Start Programme, the panel of judges and I look forward to enabling the winning organisations to achieve greater goals and in turn deliver greater benefits for our community,” said Elim Chew.”

Entry is open to Singapore-based not-for-profit community groups and organisations. Charities, educational, health, arts and sporting organisations with a specific activity in mind are all encouraged to apply for a Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant.

Grants will be awarded to groups who best demonstrate how Jetstar’s Flying Start Programme grant will help them to enhance lives in their community.

Programme terms and conditions and application forms are now available at


Each quarterly grant will be worth SG$20,000.00 comprising:

  • SG$10,000 cash
  • SG$10,000 worth of travel with Jetstar anywhere on the Jetstar network*
  • Promotion of the community group or organisation on and Facebook page; and
  • Media coverage

Who can apply

Entry is open to Singapore-based not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community and can be classified into one of the following categories:

  • Charity;
  • Educational organisation;
  • Health organisation;
  • Sporting group or organisation; or
  • Arts group or organisation.

The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

How grants are awarded

Entries are reviewed by a judging panel comprising:

  • Jetstar Asia CEO, Barathan Pasupathi
  • Jetstar Asia pilot, Captain Jeffrey Pang
  • Social entrepreneur, Elim Chew
  • Social enterprise champion, Emily Teng

When applications open and close

There are four grant rounds as set out in the table below. Selection and announcement of Jetstar Flying Start grant recipients will take place within one month following the end of each grant round.


  • 1 OCT – 31 DEC
  • 1 JAN – 31 MAR
  • 1 APR – 31 JUN
  • 1 JUL – 31 SEP

* Grant travel is available on flights operated by Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Valuair, Jetstar Japan, and (subject to government and regulatory approval), Jetstar Hong Kong.

About Jetstar

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.