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Jetstar to take over Qantas's New Zealand network
From 10 June 2009, Jetstar will begin New Zealand domestic services and Qantas will cease operating its New Zealand domestic network.
Commenting on these changes to Qantas’s New Zealand schedule and Trans-Tasman schedule, Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said, “New Zealand is a key market for the Qantas Group, and we are a large employer there. These changes will consolidate our presence in New Zealand, and follow our recent move to expand our Auckland Telephone Sales call centre to service customers from the United Kingdom, South Africa and United States.
“Our proven two-brand model, with Qantas and Jetstar, enables the Qantas Group to respond to market challenges and opportunities more flexibly than competitors. The dynamics of the New Zealand domestic and trans-Tasman markets, however, are unique and particularly in the current environment, we need to be flexible to ensure we remain competitive. This means applying our two brand strategy and utilising the right airline, with the right cost base and product, for the right market, to offer competitive, sustainable services.”
Jetstar’s domestic network will cover Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. The change means the Qantas Group will no longer offer services to Rotorua.
Joyce said that from 10 June, Qantas’s New Zealand subsidiary, Jetconnect, which operates a fleet of Boeing 737s, would focus its operations on the Tasman. “Jetconnect’s current fleet will be progressively upgraded, initially with three new next generation 737-800s to be delivered between September and November,” Joyce remarked.
Qantas will codeshare on the new Jetstar domestic New Zealand service for all customers holding a Qantas international and/or trans-Tasman sector in the same itinerary.
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