MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — The Australian low-cost operator Jetstar welcomed two brand-new Airbus A321LRs just before Christmas. The aircraft landed at the Melbourne International Airport on Dec. 24.

The new planes took off from Airbus' delivery center in Hamburg, Germany, and made two stopovers in Bengaluru and Perth before arriving at Melbourne Airport.

With these deliveries, the number of A321LRs in Jetstar's fleet became four. The Qantas subsidiary budget carrier expects to take delivery of 14 more A321LRs by the second half of 2024.

This new fuel-efficient, longer-range aircraft will enable Jetstar to add new destinations to its route network with more seating capacity.

Jetstar's new jets enter service this week on some of the airline's most popular destinations, including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Bali.

They will also fly non-stop from Sydney to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands from the summer of 2023, Jetstar's newest international route, announced last month.

In addition to four A321LRs, the Jetstar operates three A321neo jets. The airline has 90 active A320ceo aircraft serving the operator's short-haul routes. Despite the dominance of Airbus jets in the Australian carrier's fleet, the company prefers Boeing's Dreamliners for its long-haul routes. It currently operates 11 Boeing 787-8s.