SINGAPORE: November 07, 2016. Following the appointment in September of ECS Group Asia Pacific as Jetstar International's general sales agent, the two companies have now launched a joint business platform: http://ecsgroup-jetstarcargo.aero/
ECS said customers would be able to find products and services in Singapore and 24 additional gateways in 13 countries across Asia Pacific. The site also includes Jetstar flight schedules, frequencies and service times.
Francis Loi, head of Commercial for Jetstar Asia, said the ECS partnership is prompted by increased intra-Asia cross-border trade: "The rapid growth of the e-commerce marketplace in Asia is shaping the demand for airfreight as e-sellers and e-buyers prefer [it] for expedited deliveries. Demand for fresh perishables and special cargo across the region is expected to grow as consumption in Asia Pacific rises," he added.
ECS is responsible for developing Singapore-based Jetstar Asia's freight sales to existing and new customers based on the '3K' flight designator. Qantas Freight continues to manage cargo services for the Australian-based Qantas Airways (QF) and Jetstar Airways (JQ) networks.
"Existing freight customers will continue to enjoy our reliable scheduled services across the network via Singapore and beyond, while the new capabilities from ECS will allow us to tap into new cargo business segments," Loi explained.
For its financial year ending in June 2016, the Qantas subsidiary reported a 97 percent increase in underlying EBIT of A$452 million. For the first quarter 2017 ending September 30, Jetstar International capacity grew 4.3 percent as a result of the transition to a fleet of eleven B787-8 widebody aircraft.
(Pictured left to right: Jetstar Asia head of Commercial, Francis Loi; Barathan Pasupathi, CEO Jetstar Asia; ECS Group CEO Bertrand Schmoll; and Adrien Thominet, ECS Group COO.)