Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar has unveiled the cabin design of its next-generation Airbus A321neo (LR) aircraft in Sydney.

The A321 LR will make Jetstar the first Australian and Pacific airline to operate the aircraft.

With a flying range of 1,200km, Jetstar’s aircraft can accommodate up to 232 passengers in its single-class cabin.

The new cabin has Recaro’s ergonomic seats, an in-seat USB power slot and large overhead bins with 40% extra space to store luggage.

Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said: “With 15% fuel savings, our new NEOs have been designed to offer maximum comfort for the lowest fares.

“Combining a smaller environmental footprint together with wider, ergonomic seats, greater stowage and in-flight streaming for personal devices, we think customers are going to love them.”

Equipped with a CFM LEAP engine, the A321 LR single-aisle aircraft reduces noise levels by 50%.

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Evans added: “Importantly, our A321 LR burns significantly less fuel than previous generation aircraft and together with advanced weather detection technology, our pilots are able to plot smoother and more fuel-efficient flight paths.”

The 18 A321 LRs are scheduled to be delivered between August 2020 and mid-2022. The aircraft will be initially operated within Australia and on international routes such as Sydney to Bali later.

Jetstar Airways owner Qantas Group placed an order for up to 36 Airbus A321 XLR aircraft. The units will be for delivered from 2024.

Jetstar’s 18 A321 LRs form part of the Qantas Group’s 109 A321 NEO order, including 36 XLRs.