Tokyo - The Japanese low-cost operator Jetstar Japan will add three Airbus A321LR to its fleet. The new planes will allow the carrier to open new routes to Southeast Asia.
On November 28, Jetstar Japan announced that it would add three A321neo long-range version by 2020.
The A321LRs of the Japanese carrier would initially be deployed on existing domestic and international routes. But the airline also plans to open new routes to Southeast Asia upon the arrival of new planes. To date, Jetstar flies to four international destinations - Shanghai, Hong Kong in China, Taipei in Taiwan and Manila in the Philippines, in addition to the twelve domestic destinations.
The three A321LRs will come to Jetstar Japan from Qantas' order book for Jetstar Airways, comprising 44 A320neo and 54 A321neo. A significant part of the ordered aircraft was converted into A321LR last February. The first eighteen copies will be delivered between 2020 and 2023. All aircraft will be equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines.
The Japanese low-cost operator Jetstar Japan is a joint venture founded by Japan Airlines and Qantas in 2013. Jetstar's fleet currently consists of 24 A320 configured to accommodate 180 passengers.