- Dec 6, 2004
While many of us are concerned about the impact of JQ, I guess it is a good opportunity for ex-AN pilots to come home.news.com.au said:Jetstar recalls Ansett's air force
Steve Creedy, Aviation writer
May 05, 2006
The fall of Ansett saw Australian pilots spread throughout the world but an overseas advertising campaign by Jetstar International has underscored the extent of the diaspora.
Advertisements lodged by the start-up in an international aviation magazine - as well as in newspapers in Australia, Dubai, Bahrain and Singapore - had produced 730 responses by Monday, 81 per cent of them from Australian citizens or residents.
"I think that after Ansett, there are a lot of Australians working around the world," Jetstar chief executive Alan Joyce. "And there are lot of very well-experienced and qualified pilots that work for Emirates, Singapore Airlines and other carriers in the region who would like to come back to Australia."
The new airline's move to advertise overseas alarmed the Australian and International Pilots Association, which wrote to transport Minister Warren Truss expressing its concern and calling on him to intervene.
Four A330 aircraft will transfer from Qantas to form the bulk of Jetstar International's start-up fleet and two more will be delivered new from Airbus. They will be replaced from 2008 by Boeing 787-8s, which will give way to 787-9s capable of flying to Europe and the US.
Jetstar is upgrading its air operator's certificate to allow it to fly the A330s and to get extended twin-engine operations approval. The A330s are expected to move over to Qantas in October so they can be repainted. The interior seating configuration will remain the same but with leather seats and new fittings in Jetstar colours.
The airline remains confident it will start flying by November.
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Regarding the last few paragraphs of this story, does anyone know which QF routes will lose the A330's that will be moved over to JQ?