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Jetstar Asia starts fleet renewal

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 18, 2012
One of the Jetstar Asia's new A320s prior to delivery. (Helmut Groening)

The first of six new Airbus A320s has been delivered to Jetstar Asia marking the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program, which by February 2013 will give it one of the youngest fleets in Asia .

Five of the six new aircraft will replace older A320s and will bring the fleet size to 17 aircraft.  Jetstar Asia expects to be the first Singapore-based airline to operate A320s with wingtip sharklets, which it says will save up to 1,000 tonnes in fuel burn each year.

Jetstar Asia CEO Barathan Pasupathi said: “Maintaining a young fleet of A320s translates to significant cost savings, and operational improvements, thereby allowing us to offer a superior travel experience at consistently low fares.”

The six A320s are part of the aircraft order announced by Qantas in August 2011.  Other Jetstar group airlines are also scheduled to receive new A320s in 2013.

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