Jetstar Celebrates 11 Years Since its First Flight

25th May 2015

It was 25 May and the year was 2004 when Jestar?s first plane took flight. Today, more than a decade later, this low-cost carrier can boast the fact that it has transported over 100 million travelers between different Australian and international routes.

Of those 100 million passengers, Jetstar has really earned the title of ?budget airline? by carrying 400,000 free of charge, 60,000 of whom were on international flights.

The carrier has also transported almost 640,000 people for just over A$25.

Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar for Australia and New Zealand David Hall said they were thrilled to be celebrating such a milestone and ?helping to make travel more affordable and accessible for Australians.?

Mr. Hall also added:

?Whether it?s a short trip intestate or a long holiday to Asia, we want more people to be able to experience special moments created through travel.?

Pressure From Tigerair

Naturally, Jetstar has to cope with plenty of competition. One such company is Tigerair, a low-cost carrier owned by Virgin Australia. They have sights on a adding a few short-haul international flights to its calendar.

This weekend Tigerair made the fare wars even more interesting by slumping 500 fares on selected routes to only A$11.50. This offer was open for only four hours, though.

The ?Saturday Flight Fever?, as the action was named by the carrier, will continue throughout the following Saturdays and Sundays. Of course, travelers who want to enjoy such an offer will need to check the airline?s Twitter and Facebook pages from time to time.

Vanessa Regan, Tigerair?s Communications Manager said:

?The new weekend sale is another fun way to engage customers though the airline?s social channels and to reward them with great value fares at the same time.?

To celebrate 11 years of flying Jetstar has organized a game of musical chairs on the Federation Square in Melbourne. The winners will get thousands of dollars? worth of Jetstar flight vouchers.