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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jetstar celebrates 10 years

Ten years today Boeing 717-231 VH-VQI touched down in Melbourne from Newcastle as JQ371 completing Jetstar's inaugural flight. Set up as Qantas's low fare airline Jetstar commenced operations with a fleet of 14 Boeing 717 aircraft, some of which Qantas had acquired through the acquisition of Impulse Airlines. The carrier with its home base in Melbourne was set up with the backing and expertise of it's parent company Qantas to help compete against other low cost airlines.

An early ad campaigne with the airline's mascot, Julie The Jetstar Girl, was played by actress Magda Szubanski.

Flights from Brisbane commenced on June 2nd with Boeing 717-231 VH-VQF operating JQ331/338 Brisbane - Avalon - Brisbane service. The first of initially 23 Airbus A320 aircraft VH-JQG arrived in Melbourne on June 21st 2004. The fleet today now consists of Airbus A320s, A321s, A330-200s and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The Jetstar brand has also expanded to include Jetstar Asia (Singapore), Jetstar Pacific (Vietnam), Jetstar Japan and more recently Jetstar Hong Kong.

Low Fares are just part of the story

The editor was invited to attend Jetstar's 10th birthday celebrations in Melbourne which also unveiled a new special livery on Airbus A320 VH-VGF. Please enjoy the following pictures of Jetstar's celebrations and fleet over the years.

Jetstar's 10th Birthday celebrations

Jetstar's fleet

Boeing 717 VH-LAX arriving at Coolangatta in 2005.

Airbus A320 VH-VFN equipped with Sharklets and wearing the special 100th aircraft livery.

Airbus A321 VH-VWW arriving at Darwin in 2009.

Airbus A330-200 VH-EBF operating JQ12 Tokyo - Gold Coast in 2013.

Jetstar's first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKA in 2013.