Australian low-cost operator Jetstar has unveiled a refreshed livery for its incoming fleet of Airbus A321LR jets, the first of which is due to be delivered “in the coming months”.
The updated livery features an orange tail and underbelly – a departure from the airline’s current grey tail design – as well as newly-branded wingtips.
The first A321LR (VH-OFE, MSN9540) will be deployed at the airline’s Melbourne base, and will operate trunk domestic routes, including from Melbourne to Cairns. Jetstar chief Gareth Evans adds that the longer range variant of the A321neo will also allow the airline to “open up new international opportunities”, though he did not indicate where the type could operate to.
The A321LR, powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines, seats up to 232 passengers in a single-class configuration. Jetstar has tapped Recaro for the new aircraft’s cabin products.
The aircraft is the first of 38 A321neo family jets the low-cost unit of national carrier Qantas has on order. These comprise 18 A321LRs, as well as 20 A321XLRs.
Jetstar expects another eight A321LRs to be delivered over the next one year, with the rest of deliveries to be completed by mid-2024.
Its A321XLRs, meanwhile, are expected to be delivered from 2024 to 2029.
Cirium fleets data shows Jetstar to have an in-service fleet of 72 aircraft, including 56 A320ceos, six A321ceos, as well as 10 Boeing 787-8s.