Jetstar Japan will add three Airbus A321LRs to its fleet from 2020, with plans to possibly use the jets to open up new routes to Southeast Asia.
The new jets will join a fleet of 24 A320ceos that operate from four bases across Japan on a range of domestic and international routes.
Jetstar Japan states that the A321LRs will be deployed across its existing network, and that there are also plans to use the jets' longer-range capability to “develop middle-range international routes, including Southeast Asia.”
The aircraft will likely come from the Qantas group’s orderbook of 99 A320neo family jets. Jetstar tells FlightGlobal that the three jets are in addition to the 18 A321LRs that will enter into service with its Australian operation between 2020 and 2023.
Qantas announced in February that the first A321LRs will go to Jetstar to replace older A320ceos and complement its Boeing 787-8s on international services.
Flight Fleets Analyzer shows Qantas's A320neo family order is comprised of 45 A320neos, 35 A321neos and 19 A321LRs – all of which will be powered by CFM International Leap-1A engines.