The Qantas Group has announced today it is to take four additional Airbus A330s, on six-year leases, to aid Jetstar's long-haul international growth.
With delivery of Jetstar's planned Boeing 787s being delayed, Qantas CEO, 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 programme," Joyce remarked. "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 programme 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.
Joyce said the Group was also considering a fifth leased A330-200, also for Jetstar operation. "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 Boeing 787-9," he said.