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Award Category: Business Aviation
Qantas's Jetstar low-cost a liate focuses its operations
on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, providing
consistent, low fares to Australian, New Zealand and
Asian leisure travellers.
e Melbourne-based carrier began ying in Australia
on 25 May 2004 and in Asia just over six months later.
e company's Australian operation is wholly owned
by Qantas, but managed separately and operates
independently of its parent.
Jetstar's intra-Asian operation is a Singapore-based
partnership between: Qantas (49 percent ownership);
Singapore Government investment arm Temasek
Holdings (19 percent); and local businessmen Tony Chew
(22 percent) and FF Wong (10 percent).
e carrier operates an extensive Australian domestic
network, as well as regional and international ser vices.
Jetstar operates a eet of 52 single-aisle Airbus A320-
family jetliners and eight A330 widebody aircra . It has
outstanding rm orders for 42 more aircra of all types,
including 15 new Boeing 787s.
In February, Jetstar became an a liate member of the
Oneworld global airline alliance, allowing passengers to
book an itinerary with a fully- edged Oneworld member
airline that includes a Jetstar ight.
Tiger Air ways is a Singapore-based low-cost carrier that
began operations in March 2005 and is the largest LCC
operating out of Singapore. e carrier is a subsidiary of
Tiger Airways Holdings, 33 percent-owned by Singapore
The airline was the first to operate from Changi
Airport's dedicated Budget Terminal and models its
cost structure a er Ireland's Ryanair. e carrier focuses
operations on destinations within ve hours' ight time
from Singapore and pursues stakes in regional carriers to
overcome regulatory hurdles and expand into a pan-Asian
e carrier says its aim is to maximise pro tability
by creating a portfolio of routes with consistently high
passenger load factors throughout Asia and Australasia,
focusing on providing a ordable air travel in the world's
most populous region, with the fastest-growing aviation
The carrier operates a single-type fleet of Airbus
A320s, powered by International Aero Engines V2500
powerplants. Ten of the aircra -- which accommodate
180 passengers in a single-class cabin -- are based in
Singapore, with nine more in Australia.
Tiger Airways recently expanded its 'partner airline'
programme with Philippines-based South East Asian
Airlines (SEAIR), adding daily ights between Manila
Clark and Hong Kong to start from 14 March. e two
carriers launched the programme in November 2010 with
ights between Clark and Singapore.
Airbus launched its Airbus Corporate Jetliner family of
business and VIP aircra in 1997 with its ACJ, based on
the A319 single-aisle jetliner and typically accommodating
19 to 50 passengers. is aircra is in extensive use
worldwide today, operating in VIP, corporate shuttle and
government ser vice roles.
e longer A320 Prestige o ers 100 square metres of
cabin oor area, o ering a wide variety of potential cabin
layout, including the Airbus-designed Prestige cabin,
accommodating 30 passengers in "unparalleled comfort",
the manufacturer says.
The newest ACJ is the A318 Elite, which offers
increased levels of cabin comfort than currently available
with rival business jet models. As the smallest variant in
the ACJ range, the aircra is a more a ordable entry-level
corporate aircra for new operators.
Airbus has de ned two cabin layouts for the A318
Elite that seat 14 and 18 passengers, with seats and settees
clustered in several separate cabin zones.
e manufacturer delivered a record 15 corporate
jetliners in 2010, at a list-price value of more than US$1.5
billion. e aircra comprised 13 A318 Elites, ACJs
and A320 Prestiges, as well as two VIP variants of the
widebody A330/A340 jetliner family.
Hong Kong-based Asia Jet is a leading private jet charter
and fractional ownership company o ering the most
exible and economically sound approach to private
aviation. e company's management team possesses
unique aviation industry knowledge from emerging and
established markets as well as extensive experience in the
luxury market sector.
e company's Asia
Jet Card programme
offers customers a
range of private jet
services to suit both
regional and worldwide
company says the
card has proven to be
the best way to offer
complete access to
the bene ts of private
the commitment and
hassles associated with
including large capital
outlays and monthly maintenance costs".
Together with its operating partner, Metrojet, Asia Jet
lays claim to one of the largest charter eets in Asia. Having
to comply with Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department
Part 121 regulations, the aircra are subject to similar
scrutiny and maintenance guidelines to the eets of major
airlines such as Cathay Paci c and Singapore Airlines.
e eet includes four Gulfstream G-200 aircra , one
heavy G300 and one Cessna Citation XLS+ mid-size
jet. ese are soon to be joined by a mid-size Gulfstream
G150 and a Hawker 800XP.
Airbus, maker of the Airbus Corporate Jetliner, has been
shortlisted in the Business Aviation award category.
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