|This article needs to be updated. (July 2015)|
|Ceased operations||2005 merged with Jetstar Asia|
|Hubs||Singapore Changi Airport|
|Parent company||Westbrook Investments|
|Headquarters||Singapore Changi Airport|
|Key people||Barathan Pasupathi (CEO)|
Valuair (Chinese: 惠旅航空) was a Singapore-based low-cost carrier. It was launched in 2004, offering initial services to Bangkok and Hong Kong. It differentiates itself from other low-cost carriers in that it offers frills such as a baggage allowance of over 20 kg, in-flight food, allocated seats, and 32 inch seat pitch. Acquired in 2005 by Jetstar Asia Airways, the Valuair brand was retained for Jetstar Asia's scheduled services to major cities in Indonesia until October 2014.
Valuair and Jetstar Asia merger
On 24 July 2005, Jetstar Asia and Valuair merged to form Orange Star, in the first major consolidation of Southeast Asia's crowded low-cost airline industry. Jetstar Asia and Valuair said they would continue to operate their normal routes under their own brands in the meantime, with little or no change to the service offered by either airline. Qantas chief executive officer and Jetstar Asia chairman Geoff Dixon chaired the new company. Jetstar Asia chief executive officer Chong Phit Lian was appointed as the chief executive of both airlines. The new company was to receive a cash injection of more than S$50 million in fresh capital into the new entity, largely to be provided by Qantas. Shareholders of Valuair, including airline industry veteran Lim Chin Beng, Malaysia's Star Cruises and Asiatravel.com, have now become minority shareholders in the merged company.
From 11 September 2005, Valuair began flying twice daily from Singapore to Jakarta. The new daily flight began as VF208 from Singapore to Jakarta, and VF207 from Jakarta to Singapore. As of 1 February 2008, flights to Jakarta increased to four times daily. From 23 October 2005, Valuair commenced daily flights from Singapore to Surabaya, VF531 operated from Singapore to Surabaya, and VF532 vice versa. Flights to Hong Kong were suspended.
From 26 January 2006, Valuair commenced three weekly flights from Singapore to Denpasar Bali. As at 1 February 2008, the service has been upgraded to become four times per week.
Until 2014, the airline flew exclusively to Indonesian destinations - namely Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya and Denpasar. In response to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore's rejection of AirAsia-backed airline Indonesia Air Asia's application to fly to Singapore, Indonesia embarked on a policy of protectionism. This prohibited low-cost carriers of Singapore and Indonesia from adding more flights. Jetstar Asia had not yet established routes into Indonesia, so the merger is seen as the airline's strategy to get an early entrance into the lucrative Indonesian market.
Valuair flights are operated by Jetstar Asia crew, with the in-flight menu and entertainment virtually the same as Jetstar Asia's. Sometimes, JetStar flights are used with Valuair aircraft.
In February 2008, Jetstar Asia announced that it would begin flights to Medan later in the year. As existing protectionism policies are in place, the flights were operated under Valuair's code.
Jetstar Asia is a majority Singapore-owned and -based company. The company is managed by Newstar Holdings Pty Ltd, majority owned by Singapore company Westbrook Investments Pte Ltd (51 per cent), with the Qantas Group holding the remaining 49 per cent of shares.
In October 2014, after the Indonesian Government lifting operational restrictions on foreign owned low cost carriers into Indonesia, Valuair was dissolved and its flights were taken over by Jetstar Asia on 26 October 2014.
Valuair offered flights between its base in Singapore to Jakarta, Denpasar and Surabaya, with Bangkok as a codeshare with Jetstar Asia. After the merger with Jetstar Asia, the airline cut routes to Perth, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Chengdu and Bangkok, as part of a consolidation exercise between both airlines. The last flight under the Valuair brand landed on 25 October 2014, and all flights thereafter were operated under the Jetstar Asia brand.
The following list shows all current and former destinations, including the city served, the country, the airport, and the begin and end year of the service.
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Changi Airport (base)||5 May 2004||25 October 2014|
|Denpasar||Indonesia||Ngurah Rai Airport||27 January 2006||25 October 2014|
|Jakarta||Indonesia||Soekarno-Hatta International Airport||23 October 2005||25 October 2014|
|Medan||Indonesia||Kuala Namu International Airport||25 July 2013||25 October 2014|
|Surabaya||Indonesia||Juanda International Airport||23 October 2005||25 October 2014|
|Medan||Indonesia||Polonia International Airport||30 March 2008||24 July 2013|
|Bangkok||Thailand||Bangkok International Airport||5 May 2004||November 2005|
|Chengdu||China||Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport||20 April 2005||30 October 2005|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||Hong Kong International Airport||7 May 2004||23 October 2005|
|Perth||Australia||Perth Airport||1 December 2004||9 October 2005|
|Xiamen||China||Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport||25 April 2005||30 October 2005|
As of February 2015, all of Valuair's Airbus A320 aircraft has been transferred to Jetstar Asia Airways.
Passengers would purchase food and beverage on board from the cabin crew as part of a buy on board programme. On flights operated by Valuair, passengers were only allowed to consume food and drinks purchased onboard unless they had special dietary needs. Prior to merger, meal and drinks were included in the ticket charge.
- "Singapore Air Operators." (Archive) Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. Retrieved on 31 October 2012. "#034-30 Passenger Terminal Building 1, Level 3, Southwest Finger, Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 918141"
- Jetstar Asia takes over Valuair flights to Indonesia retrieved 24 October 2014
- "In the air." Jetstar Asia Airways. Accessed 10 November 2008.
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