Jetstar, Asia Pacific’s largest LCC has made India inroads by appointing a first offline General Sales Agent (GSA) for the region.Tan Wei Ming, Director, Business Development, Jetstar Airways, said: “We’ve realised India’s potential and for the first time, we have appointed InterGlobe Air Transport as our GSA. This is the only offline market where we have a GSA.”
Jetstar has broken some traditional airline rules. It is the first LCC to have interline or codeshare agreements with full service carriers and a first LCC to operate a Dreamliner. Mr Wei Ming said: “We have signed an interline agreement with full service carrier Jet Airways to connect Indian passengers to Jetstar destinations across much of the Asia Pacific. It’ll be a consistent product all the way through with meals and entertainment continued on further flights of Jetstar.”
Jetstar is a 12 year old airline with 120 aircraft and primarily Asian business. Jetstar group of airlines includes Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Japan. Jetstar Airways has an extensive domestic network in Australia and New Zealand. It is the largest LCC in Japan with even cheaper fares than bullet trains.
Mr Wei Ming said: “We’re very committed to trade since day one and are present on all major GDSs. But GDS is not the cheapest option. Jetstar Agent Hub has cheaper options and group desk there takes group bookings with some extra services.” With no SOTO policy, any Indian agent can avail same fares for Melbourne- Sydney as Australian agents. Attractive far-out selling fares are available 8 months in advance.
Nayan Srivastava, Sr. Sales Manager-India, InterGlobe Air Transport said: “Agents can sell tickets on Jet Airways from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai over Singapore to Jetstar connections over South East Asia, Japan and Australia. Also through fares are available to Melbourne and Fukuoka via Bangkok.” Online registration is important. Agents can log onto Jetstar’s Singapore page and register for doing business.
The LCC has four booking classes of Starter, Starter plus, Starter Max and Business Max. Jetstar’s India operations may happen eventually after a positive growth according Mr Wei Ming.
Written by Anand & Madhura Katti