With its 17th A320 aircraft, budget carrier Jetstar boosts its ability to ferry passengers to Southeast Asia's emerging markets. The new plane will help Jetstar add 70,000 extra seats to its monthly schedule from October 28, supplementing Jetstar's capacity for routes between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phuket and Yangon.
"We are seeing an increasing number of our Malaysian customers onto low fare Jetstar Group services to destinations like Melbourne and Auckland," explains Jetstar Asia CEO Bara Pasupathi. "Adding an extra 36 weekly services from Kuala Lumpur into our hub in Singapore allows us to offer travelers more options for hassle free connections."
With the revised schedule, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur services are expected to more than double, with up to 61 weekly return services between the two cities. Other popular services from the Singapore hub - like routes to Manila, Perth and Taipei - will also experience more timely connections.
The four-time weekly direct service to Yangon will also gradually increase to a daily offering by December. "As the only low fares airline operating to Myanmar from Singapore, it is exciting to be able to provide more access to a destination emerging as one of most intriguing in the region," Mr Pasupathi says.
Finally, Jetstar will increase services to its popular destinations of Phuket and Bangkok, with up to 44 weekly return services to Thailand.
Jetstar, which flies to 60 destinations across 17 countries, is the fastest growing low-fares airline group in the Asia Pacific region. Jetstar Asia's latest capacity increase follows capacity growth of 38 per cent last financial year.