Competition has heated up between AirAsia X and Jetstar as both airlines release plans to expand services in the Asia Pacific region.
AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani said earlier this month the carrier aims to triple its fleet to 35 over the next six years, to which Jetstar stated it would expand from 70 aircraft to 120 over the next five years, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported.
Late last month AirAsia X expanded flights into the east and west, including a four times weekly flight from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch which sold up to 17,000 seats within six hours of the launch.
The low cost carrier also launched a four times weekly flight to Paris, its second European destination after London, and expanded into North Asia with flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo and Seoul.
The carrier said it also hoped to launch flights into North America using its on order A350.
While AirAsia X focuses on its long haul expansion, Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan said the airline is “looking at regional growth opportunities and new services from our growing networks from bases in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam” before entering the US and European markets.
Earlier this month Jetstar launched a twice weekly service between Melbourne and Queenstown, a daily Melbourne to Auckland service, daily flights to Melbourne and Singapore as well as flights between Gold Coast and Queenstown.
The airline also released plans to set up a Cairns to Auckland service by mid next year, a new daily Singapore to Auckland flight and a three times weekly Darwin to Manila service.
Jetstar’s head said that while it is not in the carrier’s current plans it would consider extending operations into North America and Europe.The news source added that the airlines are at risk of struggling to maintain their low and competitive fares if they expanded long haul operations into Europe and North America.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J