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Jetstar adds to NZ fleet, boosts domestic, trans-Tasman flights

BUSINESSDESK: Jetstar, the discount brand of Australian airline Qantas Airways, will lift its New Zealand-based fleet by one aircraft to nine Airbus A320 planes while increasing domestic and trans-Tasman services.

The increased fleet size will lift New Zealand jobs by 50 to 550, the airline says. It claims about 20% of the New Zealand market.

Jetstar will add 20 weekly return services from Auckland to Wellington and seven from Auckland to Christchurch, and Wellington to Christchurch, from November 15.

It will start four weekly flights from Queenstown to Melbourne and three from Sydney to help spur tourism in the region.

"These changes affirm our commitment to New Zealand and will contribute significantly to the country's tourism industry, providing economic benefits as well as contributing strong job growth," chief executive David Hall says.

The airline will cancel five weekly services from Christchurch to Queenstown, with "customers now finding it easier to fly to Queenstown directly than via Christchurch".

Services will be reduced from Christchurch to the Gold Coast and Melbourne by one flight a week.

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Onya Jetstar. Can we please have some long haul services from Auckland to North America?

Not gonna happen. Who just recently pulled off that route because the seat fares were not viable. Qantas, and who is Jetstar, Qantas.

I see Air NZ has put on extra flights to absorb this.
What people have to realise is that with the euro tax, ever increasing jet prices, London departure tax, etc, that you cannot travel across the planet for the price of a bus fare and expect that airline to be profitable. It's been done before and we've seen them start, undercut, and then fold over and over again.
Air NZ has market share, and for good reason, because the majority choose to fly with them, and their fares, scheduling and service over the years has proven consistent and reliable. Fares today are cheaper than they've ever been compared to the early 90's. You get what you pay for

People do not choose Air NZ to go to North America for any of the reasons you describe. They have a monopoly. Air NZ is a government department with decision making quality to match. You have to realise that nobody believes a word you say anymore because all of your competitors operating in the same markets, and often with higher costs, seem to be able to make a buck while you sit around whining and pointing the finger.The sooner 100% of you is sold off the better.

Now if they could just get some sort of grip on how to treat their customers - cheap fares should'nt mean one must accept atrocious treatment from this horror story of a company.

I will continue to pay for the Air NZ schedule, reliability and service thanks - tried and true.

Now if only Air NZ could get a grip on paying dividends instead getting trolls to slag off other airlines in comment forums.

Last time I looked Jetstar had better on time performance, newer aircraft, and service with a smile no matter what the fare.

#4 - Pot, kettle, black?

Jetstar - is there any company more contempable of it's customers???

If there is I am yet to see. Air NZ is a better proposition for customers - esp on time performance and safe aircraft.

Craig - you have excellently stated the obvious. Well done!