Airlines team up in mass expansion

Airlines team up in mass expansion

By Matt Tewhatu

Airlines team up in mass expansion

As part of a plan for mass expansion, Fiji Airways and Jetstar have teamed up in an interline partnership to provide single ticket air travel to over 21 destinations in Asia to Fiji and the South Pacific including Singapore.

The new agreement between the Fijian-based carrier and the Jetstar branded airlines including Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Pacific will connect Fiji Airways’ Singapore to Nadi route, to Jetstar’s network from Singapore.

Launching on 5 April 2016, Fiji Airways’ direct route to Singapore created the first ever direct service between Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.

While the agreement covers all 73 destinations served by the Jetstar Group, including Jetstar Airways in Australia, the immediate take-up will be for Jetstar destinations from Singapore.

Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said that the link opens up the door for the airline to connect to a number of different destinations in Asia.

“We’re excited to expand our reach in Asia through this partnership with Jetstar to connect more destinations in the region to our extensive South Pacific network.

“This interline agreement will offer a seamless travel experience from 21 cities in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, The Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar, to Fiji, via Singapore. It also opens new travel possibilities for the growing number of South Pacific travellers looking to explore Asia.”

Meanwhile, CEO of Jetstar Asia Barathan Pasupathi, said that these partnerships meant a win win for all involved including the passengers and the companies.

“Our services and networks out of Singapore deliver very attractive itineraries for global carriers to offer their customers.

“More importantly, such interline and codeshare partnerships with full-service carriers are testament to our product and delivery of an equivalent level of service on board our flights.”