In 2001 QANTAS acquired Newcastle based independent Impulse Airlines and began operating
its fleet of Boeing 717-
On 1 December 2003 QANTAS announced the decision to launch a low-
Unfortunately for QANTAS there was already a virtual airline set up with a website called Jetstar International Airlines who sued in the US claiming copyright and trademark infringement and illegal cyber squatting amongst other matters. The two parties settled out of court.
Initially set up with headquarters at Avalon airport JetStar began services on 25
May 2004 using Boeing 717-
On 14 December 2004 sister Singapore-
Expansion on domestic Australian sectors was rapid and on 1 December 2005 JetStar
entered the trans-
JetStar launched a new fare structure on 16 May 2011 which saw Star Class re-
Late May and early June 2011 saw New Zealand domestic, Australian domestic and trans-
On 30 June 2011 JetStar signalled its intention to launch JetStar Japan in conjunction with Japan Airlines.
On 12th July 2011 a major expansion for JetStar Asia was announced with the focus
being on expansion into China. Landing rights have been secured for a Beijing service
and this was announced as a continuation of the A330-
As part of the JetStar Asia expansion four Airbus A330-
International expansion is tied to the arrival of the much delayed Boeing 787. These aircraft will allow the airline to commence direct services between Australia and the US as well as services from Singapore to Europe.
In 2006 JetStar began to move further away from the traditional low-
2007 saw QANTAS take an 18% stake in Pacific Airlines in Vietnam and the airline
Two new build A330-
2008 saw a deal signed with the Northern Territory government to make an International hub at Darwin with up to seven aircraft to be based there. This enabled the creation of the Darwin hub operation with flights currently arriving into Darwin late afternoon/early evening from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with aircraft going forward to Singapore, Denpasar and Ho Chi Minh City. Passengers arrive into Darwin as domestic passengers and must collect their baggage, check in again and clear customs and immigration before departing Internationally.
Similarly when flights arrive back into Darwin from overseas destinations early in the morning passengers must clear customs and immigration in Darwin before continuing on domestic flights.
2008 saw JetStar Asia and Valuair move into profit for the first time. It was also the year that the larger Airbus A321 was introduced to the mainline JetStar fleet for domestic Australian services and International services from Darwin to Singapore.
On 10 June 2009 JetStar replaced the QANTAS subsidiary JetConnect on domestic services in New Zealand connecting Auckland with Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown and Christchurch with Wellington and Queenstown.
Participation in OneWorld round the world fares commenced on 1 February 2011 enabling passengers to include JetStar flights within the ticket provided flights are booked under the QANTAS codeshare flight numbers.
A new International service linking Singapore and Auckland was launched on 17 March
2011 operated by JetStar Airbus A330-