On Monday, October 27, 2008, the low-cost Australian carrier Jetstar commenced its new service between Perth and Denpasar (Bali).
The Chief Executive Office of Jetstar, Bruce Buchanan, lauded the opening of Perth as the seventh international port for the airline, saying Western Australia was destined to make a major contribution to his airline's plans for overall expansion in Asia.
Jetstar will initially operate three times a week between Perth and Bali flying Airbus A320 aircraft carrying 177 passengers; increasing to four times a week on December 17, 2008. Jetstar has also launched a thrice-weekly service between Perth and Jakarta and a daily service between Perth and Singapore commencing on December 2, 2008. The Jakarta and Singapore services will also utilize Airbus A320 equipment.
Bruce explained to the press how Jetstar is assuming routes formerly operated by its full-fare affiliate Qantas.
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