QantasLink is introducing A320 to its fleet

Airbus A320 QantasLink Photo by Craig/Airliners.net

Jetstar Airbus A320s will join the QantasLink fleet from April, operating on key routes within Western Australia.

The company announced last November it was looking at opportunities with its low-cost subsidiary to transition a pair of its A320 aircraft within the Jetstar Group to operate flights within the Western Australia, Travel Daily reports. This market is currently serviced by Boeing 737. Airbus aircraft will initially come from Jetstar Australia and then backed by aircraft from within Jetstar Asia and the broader Jetstar Group.

The decision was made because of A320’s superior take-off performance in extremely hot conditions and all-Economy class cabin configuration. This means the aircraft can carry up to 30 additional passengers, the company explains.

The two A320s will be operated by Network Aviation (branded as QantasLink) based in Perth and will transition from Jetstar in March, entering service the next month. Network Aviation currently operates a fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft while the rest of QantasLink group’s fleet consists of Boeing 717-200’s and a mix of Bombardier Dash 8s.

— Travel Daily; BŠ