Jetstar to introduce new, long range Airbus A321neo
The next gen of Airbuses is coming our way, launching as early as 2020 on Jetstar's international network.
Often used for domestic and short-haul journeys on the Jetstar network, the A320 and A321 are about to meet their match with the budget airline announcing it's adding a new Airbus, the A321neo LR, to its fleet.
The new Airbus not only promises to be more efficient than its predecessors, burning up to 15% less fuel, but also flies up to 700 kilometres further than the A320.
Due to its longer range capability, when launched, this craft will take over the direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Bali which are currently being serviced by the airline's Boeing 787s.
This move should free up more Boeing 787s and allow the airline to introduce new long-haul destinations as well as increase flights to popular international destinations such as Vietnam, China, Thailand and Hawaii.
For passengers, the new craft promises a more comfortable journey, with 50% quieter engines and extra cabin space.
New slimline seats will allow for at least 40 more seats to be fitted per aircraft compared to the A320. While there's no word yet how or if this may impact seat space, if Tigerair's announcement of a similar rollout on its B737 fleet is anything to go by, Jetstar would do well to ensure the new seats don't affect the current seat pitch or legroom if it wishes to remain competitive.
All up, 18 airbuses will be deployed across Jetstar's international network between 2020 and 2022.