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Jetstar to add 21 Airbus A321neo in 2020

Melbourne, Australia - Jetstar Airways will add Airbus A321neo jets to its fleet next year. Some of the planes will go to the subsidiary Jetstar Japan.

The Australian low-cost will take delivery of 21 Airbus A321neo of which three will be stationed at the Tokyo-Narita in the Jetstar Japan's fleet.

The Parent Qantas Group currently has 99 Airbus A320neo family aircraft on order with the European aircraft manufacturer (45 A320neo, 18 A321LR).

All of them will be distributed among the Jetstar branches to renew and expand the current fleets. After 2022, Jetstar Asia Airways (Singapore Changi) and Jetstar Pacific (BL, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) will also include the Airbus A321neos in their fleets respectively.

Thanks to its new Airbus A321neos, the Australian Group will be able to add new destinations to its Asia-Pacific network.

According to the airline CEO Gareth Evan, Jetstar Airway is also studying the Airbus's new long-range single-aisle A321XLR, which will officially be announced at the Paris Air Show next week.

"This aircraft could work in markets such as Cairns-Japan. We have a fairly big B787 operation from Cairns to Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai and with the A321neo (XLR) we would potentially be able to open more points in Japan," the chief executive said.

The Australian low-cost operates 52 Airbus A320-200, eight Airbus A321-200, and eleven Boeing 787-8. There are also five wet-leased five Dash 8-300 in the airline's fleet for shorter domestic routes.

Jetstar Japan has 25 Airbus A320, Jetstar Asia - 18 Airbus A320 and Jetstar Pacific - 15 Airbus A320 and two A321 in their fleets.

Qantas Group has not decided yet for a new generation single-aisle jet for the replacement of its 75 Boeing 737-800 that are currently in service with Qantas.

CEO Alan Joyce said that the airline would start negotiations with Airbus and Boeing next year for potential candidates, including A320neo, 737 MAX, and Boeing's New Midsize jet dubbed 797.