Jetstar Announce A320 Seat Count Increase.

Jetstar today formally announced that the seat count on the A320 fleet will be increased to 186 seats by the installation of the space-flex galley and toilet arrangement and a new slimline Recaro seat. 43 aircraft will be reconfigured with work taking place at Brisbane and one other, as yet undetermined location. Work will be completed by the end of 2018.

JetStar B787-8 Configuration Revealed.

JetStar today confirmed a 21J/314Y configuration for its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Business Class will be in a 2-3-2 configuration with Recaro recliner seats at 38″ pitch. Economy Class will be in a 3-3-3 configuration with slimline Pinnacle seats at 31″ pitch. The Panasonic ex2 AVOD system will be available in both cabins with 10.6 inch screens in Business and 9 inch screens in Economy.

JetStar Offers Special Fares as Tiger Airways is Grounded.

Following CASA’s decision to ground Tiger Airways until 9th July pending investigations into safety issues JetStar has been quick to offer special fares to stranded Tiger passengers on production of their Tiger itinerary.

JetStar will also provide additional services where possible over the next week especially on the key holiday routes to Coolangatta/Gold Coast.

JetStar to Charge For Traditional Check In.

JetStar are set to charge an additional fee for traditional check-in on Australian domestic routes from November 2011. The drive is designed to push all passengers towards self-service check-in via the jetstar website, at airport self-service check-in machines or a SMS boarding passes. Self-service check in fees are expected to initially be set at a token $5 or $10 but will be increased if this does not drive sufficient passengers to self-service options. Once successfully implemented in Australia the fee is expected to be introduced on New Zealand domestic and eventually International services.

New JetStar Fare Structure Announced.

JetStar amended their fare structure today which now runs as follows:

Economy:

Starter – Carry on baggage only. Pay for checked baggage. Non changeable. Non refundable.

Starter Plus – Carry on baggage only. Pay for checked baggage. Free standard seat selection. Free changes as permitted by fare rules. Name changes permitted. QANTAS Frequent Flyer points and status credits at Discount Economy rate awarded.

Starter Max – Carry on baggage only. Pay for checked baggage. Free any seat selection. Free changes as permitted by fare rules. Tickets are refundable. Name changes permitted. Re-routing permitted. QANTAS Frequent Flyer points and status credits at Economy rate awarded.

Business – Travel on Business (formerly Star Class) on A330-200 services. Free checked baggage. Free any seat selection. Free in flight catering, entertainment and amenity pack. Date, name and route changes permitted.

Business Max – Travel on Business (formerly Star Class) on A330-200 services. Free checked baggage. Free any seat selection. Free in flight catering, entertainment and amenity pack. Tickets are refundable. Date, name and route changes permitted. QANTAS Frequent Flyer points and status credits at Business Class rate awarded. Lounge Access at Qantas Club, Gold Coast and partner lounges permitted.

In summary this means it is no longer possible for Economy passengers to purchase any fare with inclusive checked baggage allowance. Star Class is renamed Business and the base tickets have lounge access, QANTAS frequent flyer point accrual and the ability to refund removed. These benefits are reserved for the new Business Max level. Business Max fares appear to be set AU$200 per way above the standard Business fare.

JetStar Seating Standardisation.

Works is to commence to standardise seating across the fleet of A320 and A321. All A320s will become 180 seaters and the A321s will be increased to 220 seats via the removal of galley equipment. Seat pitch will not change during the reconfigurations due to the use of slimline seats.

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