13 May '11, 7am

Qantas tightlipped on report of new Asia carrier

Qantas tightlipped on report of new Asia carrier

SYDNEY: Australian airline Qantas on Friday refused to confirm a report it is planning to establish a new premium carrier in Singapore, but said it was looking at ways to boost its international business. The Australian Financial Review said the "Flying Kangaroo" wanted to set up a full-service subsidiary carrier in Asia much like its budget offshoot Jetstar Asia, which is also based in Singapore. "The biggest struggle is that it (the new airline) will have the same look and feel of Qantas, down to the livery, but they can't call it Qantas," an unnamed source told the newspaper. Sources said the new airline, which would have up to 20 aircraft in Singapore, would be less expensive to operate than from Australia, and would have the benefit of easier reach into Asia. Qantas would not confirm the report, dismissing it as speculation, but it said its international business had ...

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