Air Asia and Jetstar to Expand in Asia Pacific


Both AirAsia X and Jetstar airlines have released plans to expand services in the Asia Pacific region.


Both AirAsia X and Jetstar airlines have released plans to expand services in the Asia Pacific region.

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation reported that AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani announced earlier in the month that the airline aims to triple its fleet to 35 in the next 6 years. Meanwhile, Jetstar stated it would be expanding from 70 aircraft to 120 over the next 5 years.

AirAsia X is focusing on its long haul expansion, including new routes already established for routes from Kuala Lumpur to Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur to Seoul and Kuala Lumpur to Paris.

Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan said their 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.

Recently, Jetstar started a daily Melbourne to Auckland service, a twice weekly service between Melbourne and Queenstown, daily flights to Melbourne and Singapore and flights between the Gold Coast and Queenstown.

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.