Jetstar Hong Kong
IATA ICAO Callsign
JM JKT KAITAK
Founded2012
Ceased operations2015
Key peoplePansy Ho (Chairman)
Edward Lau (CEO)
Websitewww.jetstarhongkong.com

Jetstar Hong Kong was a planned low fare airline, based at Hong Kong International Airport (Currently as a brand used for promoting the sister companies of Jetstar). In June 2015, Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority refused Jetstar Hong Kong's application for an operating licence.[1]

It was formed in 2012 as a venture between China Eastern Airlines and Qantas.[2][3] Later, on 6 June 2013, Shun Tak Holdings, a conglomerate in Hong Kong and Macau managed by Pansy Ho invested US$66 million for a 33.3% stake with China Eastern Airlines and Qantas.[4] Jetstar Hong Kong is a subsidiary of Shun Tak Holdings under the Listing Rules.[5]

However, Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority refused Jetstar Hong Kong's application for an operating licence on 25 June 2015.[6] Subsequently, China Eastern Airlines and Qantas announced the end of its involvement in Jetstar Hong Kong.[7][8]

Jetstar Hong Kong remains a promotion brand in Hong Kong with an active Facebook page and emphasize their direct flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Hanoi and Da Nang.[9]

History

Airbus A320 at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in September 2013
Airbus A320 at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in September 2013
Airbus A320 in store at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in July 2014
Airbus A320 in store at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in July 2014

Jetstar Hong Kong lodged an application for an air operator's certificate (AOC) in August 2012.[10] The airline venture originally planned to commence its services in late 2012, but it was awaiting the receipt of approval from the Hong Kong government. Under the Basic Law of Hong Kong, the government has the authority to issue airline licences to companies incorporated in Hong Kong and having their principal place of business in the territory.

On 6 June 2013, it was announced that Shun Tak Holdings had acquired a 33.3% stake in Jetstar Hong Kong. Each investor now held an equal stake in the budget airline.[11][12] Jetstar Hong Kong had a local CEO, Chairman and Hong Kong Permanent Resident majority Board.

In June 2013, the Transport and Housing Bureau said the government was reviewing the regime for designation of local carriers and it would not process any applications from new airlines before the completion of the review.[13] The Transport and Housing Bureau later said in April 2014 that the Hong Kong government's review on the framework for designation of Hong Kong airlines had been completed.[14]

In February 2014, its Company Registry was updated to reflect the changes made to the shareholders voting structure and the appointment of two new board members from local investor Shun Tak Holdings. Its shareholding structure was changed to give local investor Shun Tak Holdings 51% shareholding voting rights with China Eastern Airlines and Qantas each retaining 24.5%.[15]

As the airline continued to progress through the regulatory approval process, its Air Transport Licence application was gazetted in August 2013[16] but faced objections from incumbent future competitors Cathay Pacific, Dragonair (now Cathay Dragon), Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express. A public inquiry into Jetstar Hong Kong's Principal Place of Business (required by law to be Hong Kong) associated with its application for an Air Transport Licence was held in January 2015.[17] As at March 2015, the application was still being considered.[18]

On 25 June 2015, Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority refused Jetstar Hong Kong's application for an operating licence.[6]

On 17 August 2015, China Eastern Airlines ended their involvement in the airline and would no longer invest in the project.[7] Qantas also stopped investment on 20 August 2015.[8]

Proposed Destinations

Jetstar Hong Kong planned to initially serve short-haul routes to cities in China, Japan, South Korea and South East Asia.[19]

Jetstar Hong Kong submitted applications to operate scheduled air services for up to 129 routes out of Hong Kong, according to a document published by the Licensing Authority of Hong Kong. The airline applied for routes to the following:[20]

Fleet

Jetstar Hong Kong purchased nine Airbus A320s. None were delivered, being placed in store at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Three were sold in April 2014, followed by a further three in August 2014.[21] In March 2015, a further two were sold to CMB Financial Leasing.[18][22][23]

References

  1. ^ "Air Transport Licensing Authority - Summary of Decision" (PDF). 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ "China Eastern Airlines and Qantas". Jetstar Airways. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Qantas, China Eastern Plan Cheap Flights for Asia Middle". 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Asia's Budget Airline Invasion". Bloomberg Businessweek. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Shun Tak Holdings Discloesable Transactions" (PDF). Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b http://www.thb.gov.hk/eng/boards/transport/air/Summary%20of%20decision%20(Eng)%2025062015.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ a b "China Eastern moves to end involvement with Jetstar Hong Kong". 17 August 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Qantas Group writes off Jetstar Hong Kong, confirms no further investments - CAPA". centreforaviation.com.
  9. ^ "Jetstar Hong Kong". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  10. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong moves closer to 2013 launch with AOC lodgement 19 July 2012
  11. ^ "Stanley Ho's Shun Tak buys into Qantas' Jetstar Hong Kong joint venture". 6 June 2013.
  12. ^ Qantas Welcomes New Investor to Jetstar Hong Kong Qantas 6 June 2013
  13. ^ "Transport and Housing Bureau's response to media report". Hong Kong Information Services Department. 4 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Speech by STH on transport at LegCo Finance Committee special meeting". Hong Kong Information Services Department. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  15. ^ Shun Tak ups voting rights in budget airline gambit Archived 18 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine The Standard 03 September 2014
  16. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong takes next step towards take-off with ATLA application gazattal 23 August 2013
  17. ^ "Basic Law statute a sticking point in inquiry on Jetstar Hong Kong's licence bid". South China Morning Post. 23 January 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Jetstar HK gets off to rocky start" The Age 23 March 2015
  19. ^ Steve Creedy (26 March 2012). "Qantas to set up Jetstar Hong Kong, first HK low-cost carrier". The Australian. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  20. ^ Ltd. 2018, UBM (UK). "JetStar Hong Kong Routes Application as of August 2013". Routesonline.
  21. ^ "Jetstar Hong Kong sells three aircraft as it awaits approval". The Standard. 22 August 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014.
  22. ^ Disclosable Transactions Shun Tak Holdings 20 March 2015
  23. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong sells three A320s to CMB Financial Leasing Airline Economics