"It is speculated the airline will start operating into destinations within 10 hours (one sector) of Australia, such as South Korea, Vietnam and south China. When it builds up enough critical mass the airline will then look to destinations further afield that require two sectors of flight.
Dixon says the airline will be allowed to fly to "any route that the Government has rights for". These could range from destinations as far afield as Manchester, Prague, Buenos Aires, Ho Chi Minh City and the US West Coast.
"There's nothing off the table, but obviously economics will take some off the table," Dixon says. Still, the new airline is expected to open up many routes previously considered uneconomic by Qantas.
The airline's much lower cost base could be partly achieved through Jetstar's long-haul pilots and cabin crew being paid less on an hourly basis and more seats being crammed on each plane. For instance, Qantas fitted 10 extra seats on its Boeing 717s for the launch of Jetstar domestic in May 2004."