The first of five Jetstar Q300 turbo-prop aircraft to be painted in Jetstar livery rolled out of the paint shop in Townsville this week in preparation for regional services in New Zealand later this year.
The aircraft were formerly used by QantasLink and will be the first turbo-props to fly under the Jetstar brand.
In addition to the new livery, the Q300s are being given an interior refresh to match the Jetstar onboard product.
Further details of the new services, including the four regional destinations they’ll be flying to in New Zealand, will be announced in a few weeks.
Regional New Zealand flights on the Q300s will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar Airways.
The Jetstar Group is one of the Asia Pacific’s largest low fares network by revenue. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand; Jetstar Asia in Singapore; Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam; Jetstar Japan; and, subject to regulatory approval, Jetstar Hong Kong. Jetstar branded carriers operate more than 4,000 flights a week to more than 60 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 25 million passengers in financial year 2014.