Jetstar Hong Kong looks to 'optimise fleet plan'

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Jetstar Hong Kong says it is assessing opportunities to "optimise its fleet plan", amid Australian media reports that the yet-to-be-launched carrier is planning the sale of three more Airbus A320s.

When contacted, a spokeswoman says the reports, which claims the carrier is looking to sell more aircraft as its struggle to get regulatory approval continues, are "speculative".

“The board of Jetstar Hong Kong has been assessing opportunities to optimise its fleet plan. However, Jetstar Hong Kong will remain in a position that allows it to launch once regulatory approval is given,” says the airline's chief executive Edward Lau.

“Jetstar Hong Kong to date has confirmed the sale of three Airbus A320s [in an earlier transaction], and currently possesses six [A320s] in its fleet.”

Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that as of 7 July, Jetstar Hong Kong's six International Aero Engines V2500-powered A320s are stored in Toulouse. Five of them, registered F-WXAB, F-WXAC, F-XWAD, F-WHUK and F-WHUL, are to be operated by Jetstar Hong Kong, but the sixth aircraft(F-WHUM) is scheduled be put into service with Jetstar Airways later this month.

Jetstar Hong Kong is a joint venture between Qantas Airways, China Eastern and Hong Kong conglomerate Shun Tak Holdings. It has said that each shareholder will commit $66 million to the carrier’s capitalization, payable in a series of tranches.

The proposed airline has however faced objections from the onset with Hong Kong carriers arguing that it does not meet regulatory requirements. They claim that ultimate control of the carrier lies in Australia.