20-Jul-2012 10:04 AM

Jetstar Hong Kong moves closer to 2013 launch with AOC lodgement

Jetstar Group stated (19-Jul-2012) Jetstar Hong Kong has moved closer to 2013 launch with the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) application for Jetstar Hong Kong being accepted by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. Jetstar Hong Kong was announced in Mar-2012 and is on track to start services during 2013, subject to regulatory approval. It has said it will deliver fares an average of up to 50% cheaper than existing full service options to a range of destinations including mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia. Jetstar had previously advised the Civil Aviation Department of the intention to apply for an AOC for the local airline, which maps out how Jetstar Hong Kong will manage its engineering, ground operations, fleet and crewing. The application commits the airline to meeting all necessary regulatory requirements, including the key proviso that its principle place of business and centre of its decision-making is in Hong Kong itself. A project team has been assembled and announcement of key positions – including a Hong Kong CEO, chief pilot and head of engineering – is expected shortly. Recruitment of the first wave of up to 100 pilots and cabin crew is expected to commence in coming months. In addition to preparing the AOC, Jetstar Hong Kong has been in discussions with a range of potential partners, including airports and major tourist attractions. [more - original PR

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