JetStar Gives Warning to Thai Employment Agency.

Following revelations of Thai based JetStar cabin crew being forced to work duties approaching 20 hours and the involvement of Independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon JetStar has announced that it has put the company that provides its Thai-based cabin crew, Tour East, on notice. Awkwardly JetStar is 100% owned by QANTAS and Tour East is 37% owned by QANTAS. Thai based crew earn A$258 per month plus A$7 per hour in the air against a minimum wage in Australia of A$590 per week.  The most complained about shifts are the Sydney and Melbourne – Denpasar shifts where cabin crew work a return flight duty.

It is extraordinary that Australia – Indonesia services are limited by bi-lateral agreements to Australian or Indonesian carriers but not governed by Australian or Indonesian employment laws.

23/07/11 Flight Cancellations.

The following flights were cancelled today:

JQ401 Gold Coast – Sydney

JQ412 Sydney – Gold Coast

JQ508 Melbourne – Sydney

JQ509 Sydney – Melbourne

JQ782 Sydney – Sunshine Coast

JQ783 Sunshine Coast – Sydney

JQ986 Sydney – Perth

JQ987 Perth – Sydney.

Perth Fog Causes VH-VQM JQ117 Adelaide Diversion.

Fog in Perth caused JQ117 Singapore – Denpasar –Perth operated by A320 VH-VQM to divert to Adelaide. The aircraft will continue Adelaide – Perth tomorrow (23rd July 2011) as JQ7302.

JetStar Secures Shanghai Rights.

JetStar announced today that it has secured rights for JetStar Asia to serve Shanghai although flights have yet to be formally announced. Flights are almost certain to be from the expanding hub in Singapore and the only question appears to be whether this will be an A320 or an A330-200 route with through connections from Australia.

China is regarded as a major target for JetStar Asia and with the latest announced flight expansions not accounting for all five of the A320s expected in Singapore by the end of the year further Chinese routes, probably to Guangzhou and/or Shenzhen, are expected to be announced.

JetStar Announces Melbourne – Singapore – Beijing Service.

JetStar today announced that it will commence Melbourne – Singapore – Beijing services on 24th November 2011 using Airbus A330-200s. The announcement was made in Beijing with JetStar chief executive Bruce Buchanan and JetStar Asia chief executive Chong Phit Lian both present.

The flight is a continuation of the existing JQ7/JQ8 service and will operate:

JQ7 Melbourne 1200 – 1650 Singapore 1835 –Beijing 0050+1

JQ8 Beijing 0250 – 0930 Singapore 2050 –Melbourne 0655+1

The return flight has a twelve hour layover in Singapore making for a 25 hour 5 minute journey southbound as opposed to 15 hours 50 minutes northbound. This would appear to be an extremely strange piece of scheduling although the aircraft may operate another service from Singapore in the interim or be swapped out.

Services are at present shown as being operated by JetStar rather than JetStar Asia.

JetStar Signals JetStar Asia Expansion.

JetStar today announced an A$500 million investment in JetStar Asia aimed at expanding the Singapore based fleet by adding five Airbus A320s and two Airbus A330-200s. This will enable further new routes to be added as well as increasing frequency on existing routes to Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City from 2 to 3 x daily, Kuala Lumpur from 16 to 19 x weekly, Hong Kong from 17 to 24 x weekly, Denpasar from 24 to 26 x weekly and Jakarta from 20 to 21 x weekly.

Additionally a new 4 x weekly service to Hanoi will be inaugurated on 15th December with flights operating as follows:

3K543 Singapore 0935 – Hanoi 1200  x136

3K544 Hanoi 1240 – Singapore 1705 x 136

Flights will be operated by A320s.

By the end of 2011 JetStar Asia plans to have 17 A320s and 4 A330-200s operating out of Singapore although the A330s will be on a wet-lease arrangement from JetStar mainline until 2012 when four aircraft will move from the Australian to the Singaporean AOC and will take up 9V-*** registrations.

JetStar Offers Special Fares as Tiger Airways is Grounded.

Following CASA’s decision to ground Tiger Airways until 9th July pending investigations into safety issues JetStar has been quick to offer special fares to stranded Tiger passengers on production of their Tiger itinerary.

JetStar will also provide additional services where possible over the next week especially on the key holiday routes to Coolangatta/Gold Coast.