Jetstar is No. 50 for KLIA
09 September 2007
Sepang, 9 September 2007- Jetstar Airlines, a fully owned Qantas subsidiary made a historic inaugural touchdown at KL International Airport (KLIA) today,
becoming the 50th international airlines to operate at KLIA.
Jetstar is the second foreign low cost carrier to fly to KLIA after Cebu Pacific Airways made their debut in December last year. For the year 2007, KLIA has welcomed four airlines including Jetstar - GMG Airlines, Etihad Airways and EgyptAir.
The low-cost airline will operate three flights weekly, flying the Sydney - Kuala Lumpur vice versa route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays utilising wide bodied Airbus A330-200s with 303 seats configuration.
Welcoming the arriving passengers were YB Dato Donald Lim Siang Chai, Deputy Tourism Minister, Y.Bhg. Dato Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports accompanied by Jetstar s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Alan Joyce. Among the arriving passengers were Mr. Nicole Masters of Sydney Airport, Mr. Richard Beere of Tourism Australia and Mr. Shahrin Mokhtar, Director of Tourism Malaysia in Australia.
Dato Seri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: "Malaysia Airports is delighted to welcome Jetstar to KLIA as Jetstar is the first Australian airline to operate into KLIA and therefore, it is a tremendous breakthrough for Malaysia Airports."
He added: "I am confident Jetstar will promote even greater travel between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. We look forward to Jetstar increasing their frequencies to daily soon as well as commencing new services from other points in Australia."
The announcement on servicing KLIA was made by Mr. Alan Joyce in Singapore during an address at the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Low Cost Carrier Annual Congress on January 23, 2007, where he said: "We are excited by the prospects of entering this route with a highly competitive, two class product that since our launch of long haul flights last November, is operating ahead of expectations."
Jetstar successfully commenced value based long haul international flights in November 2006, and now directly serves 5 international markets from either Sydney or Melbourne flying an existing 18 weekly return services. These markets include Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, Bali and Honolulu. Jetstar s initial fleet of Airbus A330-200s, numbering six by mid 2007, will transition to a fleet of 12 new Boeing 787 aircraft, with delivery of Jetstar s first B787 scheduled for August 2008.