Jetstar Asia received (17-Oct-2012) the first of six new A320s as part of a fleet rejuvenation programme. Five of the brand new aircraft will replace older A320s in the Jetstar Asia fleet. An additional aircraft will see the overall fleet grow to 17 A320s, representing a net increase of one. Combined, the six new aircraft have an approximate value of USD530 million at Jun-2012 list prices. Upon full delivery of all six aircraft by February 2013, Jetstar Asia’s fleet of A320s will have an average age of just three years. Jetstar Asia CEO Barathan Pasupathi said operating a modern fleet was essential for the airline to continue into its next phase of growth. “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,” he said. One of the new A320 aircraft will be fitted with Airbus ‘Sharklets’. Jetstar Asia expects to be the first Singapore-based airline, and also the first in the Jetstar Group, to operate A320s with the Sharklet wingtips.The six leased aircraft are taken from the existing Qantas Group fleet procurement arrangements for A320s, announced in Aug-2011. Other Jetstar airlines are also on track to receive new A320s fitted with Sharklets in 2013. [more - original PR]
Jetstar Asia receives first A320 as part of fleet rejuvenation programme
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Tigerair Singapore prepares to resume expansion in late 2017 and 2018; feeding Scoot will be crucial
Singapore Airlines (SIA) short haul LCC subsidiary Tigerair is planning to resume expansion in 2H2017, ending a three-year hiatus from growth. The resumption of fleet and capacity expansion is made possible by the completion of a turnaround effort.
Tigerair Singapore is now back in the black after more than two years of losses driven by overcapacity. Market conditions in Singapore have improved, and a virtual merger with Scoot is starting to open up new opportunities for expansion since Scoot needs Tigerair to feed its fast-growing medium/long haul operation.
Tigerair currently operates 23 A320 family aircraft, having reduced its fleet from a high of 27 aircraft in 2014. The LCC is now planning to add six A320s in 2017 and 2018, resulting in a new all-time high of 29 aircraft. Tigerair, which became 100% SIA owned in early 2016, also has 39 A320neos on order that will be used for a combination of fleet renewal and growth over the next decade.
China is not the only game in town: Asia’s other aviation growth markets
China captures headlines and imaginations in terms of market growth potential, and rightly so - it will generate 100 million tourists annually by the end of this decade. But there are other markets in Southeast Asia that show high potential and remarkable promise for future growth opportunities.
The large aircraft order book hovering over the region has attracted significant attention from the global industry in recent years. Much of this is directed at short haul markets, as new LCCs expand and regional commerce develops. While the rate of growth has been slowing, the order book suggests at some point the rate of LCC growth in Southeast Asia will re-accelerate. Southeast Asian LCCs currently have over 1,100 orders, including almost 90 widebody aircraft. LCCs currently account for about 75% of orders among Southeast Asian airlines but only about 33% of the active fleet. Even when factoring in replacements the size of the LCC fleet should more than double over the next decade.
Three Southeast Asian markets recorded double-digit passenger growth in 2015 – Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia – while another three experienced high single-digit growth – the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar. Indonesia and Malaysia have struggled recently but should see faster growth rates again in the medium to long term. Indonesia, with its 200 million population, is perhaps the quiet medium term performer. Thailand and Vietnam, for now, remain the hottest markets in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is also intriguing, but much smaller.