Qantas Group to lease four more A330s for Jetstar's long-haul expansion

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The Qantas Group announced (19-Aug-2009) it would take four additional widebody A330 aircraft, on six-year leases, to allow for Jetstar’s long haul international growth.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said the first A330-200 aircraft would be delivered in November 2010.

"A key component of the Group's growth strategy is its significant fleet renewal program," Mr Joyce said.

"We currently have more than 160 aircraft on order over the next 10 years, including 50 Boeing 787s for operation by both Jetstar and Qantas.

"B787 program delays mean we have had to consider medium term options to support new long haul market opportunities for Jetstar."

Jetstar currently operates a fleet of six A330-200s. This will increase to seven in December 2009 and grow to 11 with the delivery of these new two-class, 303-seat aircraft.

Mr Joyce said the Group was also considering a fifth leased A330-200, also for operation by Jetstar.

"Jetstar's growth is an important part of our two brand strategy and these new aircraft will support the airline's growth across its international network which covers Australia, South East Asia and the Asia Pacific ahead of the delivery of the Qantas Group's first B787-9," he said.