Monday, February 21, 2011

Low Cost Airline Announces Freight Carrying Intentions

Jetstar Asia and Valuair Look for Service Expansion
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – ASIA – Qantas subsidiary Jetstar and its own offshoot Valuair are seeking approval from the authorities to expand their activities into the carriage of freight. Cargo levels are expected to be limited to four tonnes per aircraft with complete bans on livestock and dangerous goods.

Jetstar have been credited by Qantas management for a sizeable contribution to the senior airline’s recently revealed 56% jump in profits, this despite ongoing concerns after the recent Rolls Royce engine problems. The budget airline intends to open up its own services, and those of Valuair aircraft, to all major Asian destinations utilising the Qantas freight network and using its Singapore hub will ship non containerised freight as soon as permission is granted.

In December Jetstar Asia officially appointed Qantas as managing and marketing agents for themselves and Valuair with effect from the 1st January and Jetstar Asia CEO Yuen Sang Ho pointed out at the time that the parent company’s experience would enable Jetstar to extend its own geographical operational reach. In turn Qantas Freight stated that the two other airline networks, able to offer freight services on their 400 weekly flights, would give Qantas an expanded cargo footprint in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei.

Photo:- The Jetstar Asia fleet principally consists of Airbus A320-200’s.