Jetstar has unveiled what passengers can expect onboard their next-generation Airbus A321neo (LR) aircraft when it takes to the skies in Australia from August next year.
Jetstar will be the first airline in Australia and the Pacific to operate the A321 LR which will be the most fuel-efficient aircraft in their fleet.
Jetstar explains that the longer range, more fuel-efficient, quieter A321 LR will seat 232 passengers in a single class cabin that “lifts the bar on comfort for low fares travellers in Australia”.
Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said the aircraft will offer passengers greater comfort while making more travel affordable.
“With 15% fuel saving, our new NEOs have been designed to offer maximum comfort for the lowest fares.”
Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans
“Combining a smaller environmental footprint together with wider, ergonomic seats, greater stowage and in-flight streaming for personal devices, we think customers are going to love them.”
Key cabin features
·Ergonomic Recaro seats with tapered arm rests to maximise space
·Extra-large overhead bins with 40% more room to stow bags
·Digital streaming giving passengers the ability to access Jetstar’s in-flight entertainment featuring new release movies, TV shows and games on their personal devices
·Flip-down smartphone and tablet cradles as well as in-seat USB power
·Colour LED lighting that adjusts to the different stages of flight
Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans expects the new NEOs will save 1.2 million kilograms of fuel per year compared with their current aircraft.
The NEOs will also be painted using a new weight-saving technique and will operate with lightweight galley carts and freight containers, removing 170kg from each flight.
Jetstar’s 18 A321 LRs will be deployed on domestic routes and ultimately on some international routes like Sydney to Bali.
The aircraft can fly 1,200kms further than the current generation of A321s, enabling new city pairs such as Avalon to Bali, Melbourne to Nadi (Fiji) and Cairns to Auckland.
“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,” he added.
The 18 Jetstar A321 LRs are part of the Qantas Group’s order for 109 A321 NEO orders, which includes 36 XLRs, and are due to arrive between August 2020 and mid-2022.
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