Jetstar is continuing with a theme of network expansion, revealing three new international routes launching in 2024.
Jetstar Expanding From Perth, Western Australia
The Australian low-cost carrier part of Qantas Group has announced it’ll begin flying to Singapore, Phuket and Bangkok, all from Perth in Western Australia.
Jetstar says it’ll open a new pilot base in the city where 60 employees will be based. This will also include four aircraft from its most recent fleet type, the A321neo LR.
Adding the A321neo LR has been essential to Jetstar launching these new flights across Australian cities.
As a result of the new deliveries, pressure has been eased significantly on its Dreamliner fleet, which had in the past been taking up the bulk of international routes.
The airline will offer even more flexibility and options when flying to Southeast Asia destinations thanks to these upcoming launches.
A launch of three new services and a focus in Bali follows Jetstar, carrying more than 400,000 customers in the past year between Perth and the region.
The Addition Of The Airbus A321neo LR
Jetstar acquired its first Airbus A321neo LR in 2022, and since delivery, the aircraft has arrived in numbers and has been hugely pivotal to launching new services.
The initial order of 18 A321neo LRs will be all delivered by the end of 2024 per Jetstar’s latest guidance published in August of 2023.
As a result, the fleet at Jetstar will develop significantly, offering more flexibility and better fuel savings. Jetstar quotes the NEO as up to 50% quieter than the existing A320ceo and A321ceos operated in the fleet.
These CFM Leap A1 engines also burn up to 20% less fuel than the previous A321 generation.
The Australian airline has, therefore, been able to massively improve its overall efficiency across the board, which will benefit them for decades.
Some Of The New A321neo LR Routes
Jetstar has been able to launch several new routes since welcoming the delivery of the A321neo LR. However, in recent times, Jetstar has provided a list of some of the latest international routes.
- Sydney to Seoul – 2 November 2022
- Brisbane to Auckland – 27 March 2023
- Sydney to Rarotonga – 29 June 2023
- Brisbane to Narita (Tokyo) – 31 October 2023
- Melbourne to Fiji – 16 December 2023
- Brisbane to Seoul – 1 February 2024
- Brisbane to Osaka (Kansai) – 2 February 2024
Looking ahead, this list will grow thanks to the upcoming addition of the Airbus A321XLR, which is currently awaiting certification. Also, the remaining A321neo LRs will continue, allowing the company more possibilities regarding their route network.
Comments From Jetstar Executives
This is a huge investment in our Perth operations. Having pilots and aircraft based in the west gives us the ability to add hundreds of thousands more low-cost seats to exciting new destinations across both our international and domestic network. These three new routes will open up low-fares travel right across Southeast Asia for our west-coast customers, including easy connections via Singapore onto Jetstar Asia’s extensive network to 13 destinations throughout AsiaJetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully
These new direct flights will provide another welcome boost to tourism operators here in Western Australia, and of course, also provide locals here with easier access to destinations across Southeast Asia. Direct flights form a really important part of our tourism strategy, as it brings more visitors into our State, injects valuable tourism dollars into our local economy and supports local jobs and businesses, so we very much welcome today’s announcement from Jetstar.WA Tourism Minister, Rita Saffioti