Qantas Airways has announced senior management changes at its low-cost carrier Jetstar as the airline seeks to grow further in Asia.

Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan will become group CEO, says Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

"Bruce has played a key role in the expansion of Jetstar in recent years. In this new role, he will continue to oversee the Jetstar brands, with a focus on driving expansion into new markets," says Joyce.

As part of the changes, a new role of CEO, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand, has been created. This will be filled by Qantas group executive corporate services and technology David Hall, who was chief financial officer at Jetstar previously.

Hall, who will report to Buchanan, will be responsible for flying operations, airports, pilots, cabin crew, engineering, safety and technical programs. He will also be responsible for the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the Qantas group fleet.

"David brings a depth of aviation experience to the new role and, as Jetstar's former chief financial officer, will hit the ground running to drive continued success for Jetstar in these markets," says Buchanan.

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia's CEO Chong Phit Lian will have her role expanded, says Qantas.

She will take on responsibilities for Jetstar's investments and businesses in Asia, and will be tasked to build its long-haul operations out of Singapore.

"This change in structure builds a strong foundation for continued growth for Jetstar. This will ensure we are well placed to successfully expand our footprint to new markets throughout Asia," says Joyce.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news