Jetstar Airways is planning a cabin refresh for its fleet of Airbus A230s operating in the Australian and New Zealand markets, with the new design allowing an extra row of seats.
The carrier said it is adopting the second-version Airbus Spaceflex design, which has already been installed by other airlines. Jetstar plans to begin refitting the first of the 43 aircraft in August, with the remainder completed by the end of 2018. This will be the airline’s first interior redesign since its launch in 2004.
Qantas Engineering won a tender for about half of the aircraft, with the work to be performed at its Brisbane base, a Jetstar spokesman told Aviation Daily. Another tender will be awarded later for the other half, which could go to Qantas or an overseas maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider. The carrier is not revealing the cost.
The overhaul will boost the seat count from 180 to 186 per aircraft, allowing a fourth row to be added to the carrier’s extra-legroom section. The seat increase will be enabled by removing some of the rear-galley space and moving the toilets. Jetstar said there will be no change to average seat pitch or width.
The A320s will be fitted with new Recaro seats. The refurbish also includes LED cabin lighting, new carpet and color schemes, and more overhead baggage storage space.
Jetstar noted that the additional seats “improve the economics of these aircraft,” with a 2–3% unit-cost reduction per aircraft. In a presentation to investors, Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the changes will add the equivalent capacity of 1.5 A320s to the fleet.