Feb 20, 2013
The second of dozens of A320s the Jetstar franchises have on order with sharklets and in later deliveries, the full NEO or new engine option kit, has been delivered to Jetstar Japan.
It becomes the eighth A320 in the Jetstar Japan fleet since it started operations last July, which will grow to 24 of the single aisle Airbuses by the end of next year.
It follows the delivery of the first sharklet equipped current version of the A320 to the Jetstar group to Jetstar Asia, based in Singapore last week. These subtleties were missing from the original announcement from Airbus earlier today, and reported earlier on Plane Talking but the message remains the same, Jetstar is growing.
The issue for Jetstar brand owner Qantas, and Virgin Australia, and other carriers who have placed or are contemplating new engine option orders of Airbus single aisle jets, or the Boeing 737 MAX series, is what is the risk that one of these alternatives will prove to have a clear operational advantage over the other.
It’s enough to keep fleet planners awake at night, and for maybe another three years until it is clear which of the high tech engine options, and on which airframe, delivers the best cost efficiencies.