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Jetstar Airways – Airline Profile & Fleet List

by Matt Falcus
Jetstar 787 LN123 B1 Flight - September 14, 2013

Jetstar Airways is an Australian low-cost airline which is wholly owned by the Qantas Group. It was founded in 2003, and has grown to occupy a significant share of the Australian travel market, with almost 40 destinations served and a fleet of over 80 aircraft.

Jetstar is also involved in sister companies Jetstar Asia Airways, and Jetstar Japan.


Jetstar Airways History

Jetstar Airways was founded by the Qantas Group in 2001, out of the domestic carrier Impulse Airlines which Qantas had purchased that year. It flew Boeing 717s and Beech 1900D aircraft on local and regional routes, but had begun to transition into a low-cost carrier.

Qantas briefly operated Impulse as part of the QantasLink network, for which it still flies some of the 717s. However, it began to transition the carrier into a low-cost airline which was renamed Jetstar Airways in 2003.

It began select domestic routes in 2004 and international services in 2005, to New Zealand. The airline’s base was Melbourne Avalon, but this has since switched to Melbourne Tullamarine.

Jetstar acquired a significant fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, as well as Boeing 787-8s which were used to begin longer routes from Australia to points in Asia and Hawaii.


Jetstar Airways Livery

Photo (c) Jetstar Airways

Jetstar Airways | VH-OYD | Airbus A321-251NX (neo) | Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD/YSSY)

There is little to link the Jetstar Airlines fleet to Qantas in terms of their appearance. However, the airline does feature two liveries across its fleet.

The original livery sees aircraft wearing an all-over silver scheme with an orange underside.

Large black (or black and orange) Jetstar titles and the orange star logo. The tail wears black Jet letters and the orange star.

The newer scheme featured so far on the new Airbus A321neo deliveries is again silver on the fuselage, but features an orange tail and rear underbelly. The star logo is in silver on the tail.

Some aircraft have periodically been adorned with stickers and special liveries to promote sports teams.


Where Does Jetstar Airways Fly?

Photo (c) Philip Mallis

Jetstar Airways currently serves 38 destinations in 14 countries. They are:

Australia: Adelaide, Ayers Rock, Ballina, Brisbane, Busselton, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Melbourne/Geelong, Melbourne Tullamarine, Newcastle, Perth, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, Townsville.

China: Beijing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou

Cook Islands: Rarotonga

Fiji: Nadi

Indonesia: Denpasar, Jakarata, Mataram

Japan: Nagoya, Osaka Kansai, Tokyo Narita

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur International

New Zealand: Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Queenstown, Wellington

Philippines: Manila

Singapore: Singapore Changi

South Korea: Seoul Incheon

Thailand: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Phuket

USA: Honolulu

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City


Jetstar Airways Fleet

Jetstar Airways | VH-VGY | Airbus A320-232 | Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD/YSSY)

At the time of writing Jetstar Airways operated a fleet of 81 aircraft.

It comprises Airbus A320, A321, A321neoLR and Boeing 787-8 types.

The airline has 27 more A321neoLR/XLR on order.


VH-OFE A321-251NX

VH-OFL A321-251NX

VH-OFP A321-251NX

VH-OFQ A321-251NX

VH-OFS A321-251NX

VH-OFU A321-251NX

VH-OFV A321-251NX

VH-OFW A321-251NX

VH-OFY A321-251NX

VH-OYC A321-251NX

VH-OYD A321-251NX

VH-VFD A320-232

VH-VFF A320-232

VH-VFH A320-232

VH-VFI A320-232

VH-VFJ A320-232

VH-VGA A320-232

VH-VGD A320-232

VH-VGF A320-232

VH-VGH A320-232

VH-VGI A320-232

VH-VGJ A320-232

VH-VGN A320-232

VH-VGO A320-232

VH-VGP A320-232

VH-VGQ A320-232

VH-VGR A320-232

VH-VGT A320-232

VH-VGU A320-232

VH-VGV A320-232

VH-VGY A320-232

VH-VGZ A320-232

VH-VKA B787-8

VH-VKB B787-8

VH-VKD B787-8

VH-VKE B787-8

VH-VKF B787-8

VH-VKG B787-8

VH-VKH B787-8

VH-VKI B787-8

VH-VKJ B787-8

VH-VKK B787-8

VH-VKL B787-8

VH-VQA A320-232

VH-VQC A320-232

VH-VQE A320-232

VH-VQF A320-232

VH-VQG A320-232

VH-VQH A320-232

VH-VQJ A320-232

VH-VQK A320-232

VH-VQL A320-232

VH-VQM A320-232

VH-VWN A321-231

VH-VWQ A321-231

VH-VWT A321-231

VH-VWX A321-231

VH-VWW A321-231

VH-XNI A320-232

VH-XNJ A320-232

VH-XNN A320-232

VH-YXU A320-232



Other Jetstar Brands

A Jetstar Asia A320

In addition to Jetstar Airways, additional subsidiaries exist in Singapore and Japan.

Jetstar Asia Airways is based at Singapore Changi Airport and flies 8 Airbus A320-200 aircraft to 25 destinations.

Jetstar Japan is based at Tokyo Narita and operates 19 Airbus A320-200 and 3 Airbus A321neoLR aircraft to 20 destinations.

The liveries of both subsidiaries closely matches that of the Australian parent, with aircraft registered locally (9V- and JA).


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