Jetstar’s new A321neo fleet will improve range and comfort
With 18 new Airbus A321LR and 20 new A321XLR (NEO) aircraft on the way, we’re looking forward to giving you an even better flying experience. Here’s what you can expect.
- May 2022
For airlines, receiving a brand-new aircraft type feels like Christmas. We’re excited about the 18 new Airbus A321LR (NEO) aircraft that we will be taking delivery of in mid-2022.
We’re also excited to be welcoming a further 20 Airbus A321XLR from the second half of 2024.
The NEOs are a perfect aircraft for a post-COVID market where we need as much flexibility and fuel saving in our aircraft as possible.
The longer range, more fuel efficient, quieter Jetstar A321LR will seat 232 passengers in a single class cabin that lifts the bar on comfort for low fares travellers in Australia.
Key cabin features include:
- Award-winning ergonomic Recaro seats with tapered arm rests for greater living space.
- Extra-large overhead bins with 40 per cent more space, providing passengers with more room to stow bags overhead.
- Flip-down smartphone and tablet cradles and in-seat USB power to keep personal devices charged.
- Colour LED lighting that adjusts to the different stages of flight, which provides greater levels of passenger comfort and supports transition through various stages of flight.
So, what is the Airbus A321LR? The simplest explanation is that it’s the next generation of the A321 twin engine jet that’s already popular around the world. The ‘neo’ designation stands for ‘new engine option’ – referring to the quieter, more fuel-efficient CFM LEAP engines developed for the aircraft, which reduce fuel burn by at least 15 per cent and aircraft noise by 50 per cent.
The A321LR will also give us an extended flying range, with the ability to fly 1,200kms further than our current A320/321 fleet.
Initially, we will deploy the A321LR on domestic routes like Melbourne to Cairns and the Gold Coast.
We will also look at flying international routes as our international operation ramps up.
For detailed aircraft specifications, please see our fleet page.
The A321XLR offers even more range – with a maximum flying range of up to 4,700nm, or 8700km, depending on the configuration of the aircraft. This has the potential for even more opportunities to expand our growing domestic and international network.
Featuring aerodynamic-enhancing Sharklets on the wings and fuel-efficient engines, the A321XLR aircraft has an enhanced environmental performance, including a 20 per cent lower fuel burn per seat, 5,000 tonnes less CO2 per year, and a noise footprint that is 50 per cent lower.
With the first new A321XLR aircraft set to join our fleet from mid-2024, we look forward to sharing details of the Jetstar configuration in the lead up to delivery.