The first of Jetstar’s eighteen long-range A321neos is due to arrive in August 2020, and late last week Jetstar lifted the lid on what passengers can expect.
Jetstar, a low-cost subsidiary of the Qantas Group, currently has 71 aircraft in its fleet. This includes fifty two A320-200s, eight A321-200s, and eleven Boeing 787-8s. The new A321neos will seat 232 passengers in a single class cabin. They will be deployed onto Jetstar’s Australian domestic routes and some short-haul international routes (such as Bali).
In a media statement, a Jetstar spokesperson said;
“The arrival of our Neos will also add capacity on popular routes with the potential to free up some Boeing 787 flying for use on other, longer international leisure routes.”
Regular Jetstar passengers will notice the following differences between the single-aisle Airbuses Jetstar now uses and the new A321neos. The new planes will have
- Ergonomic Recaro seats with tapered arm rests to maximise space;
- Extra-large overhead bins with 40 per cent more room to stow bags;
- Digital streaming giving passengers the ability to access Jetstar’s in-flight entertainment; Flip-down smartphone and tablet cradles as well as in-seat USB power; and
- Colour LED lighting that adjusts to the different stages of flight, supporting the transition through various stages of flight.
Jetstar’s eighteen A321neos are expected to arrive between August 2020 and the middle of 2022. These planes are a part of a larger order by Qantas for one hundred and nine A321neos.
In addition to improved onboard passenger amenities, the long-range A321neos can fly 1,200 kilometres further than the current A321s, opening up possible new routes such as Cairns – Auckland.
The aircraft brings some technological and environmental advantages with it as well. The long-range A321neo has a 15% less fuel burn than previous generation aircraft. Jetstar expects to save two million kilograms of fuel a year – that’s a reduction of almost 4000 tonnes of emissions.
The Jetstar spokesperson said;
“To further minimise fuel burn, our NEOs will be painted using a new weight-saving technique and will operate with lightweight galley carts and freight containers, removing 170kg from each flight.
These technologies and innovations are part of our commitment to further reduce the impact of our flying.”
The A321neo is significantly quieter than current generation aircraft and it will have advanced weather detection technology, enabling pilots to plot smoother, more fuel-efficient flights.
Air travel is never going to be great for the environment. But it is good to see a concerted trend amongst airlines and aircraft manufacturers towards more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Jetstar isn’t a bad little airline. They often get a bum rap, but my experiences with them have mostly been positive. I use them a bit for short-haul domestic flying in Australia and I’m travelling on them again this week. I’ve avoided them when it comes to international flights, primarily because I like to squander my frequent flights on premium class travel on full service airlines. But in 2020, I’m taking the leap. I’m going to try their low-cost version of business class on a flight between Brisbane and Bali.
It’s a daytime flight. How bad can it be?