The only real advantage of the A318 is the aircraft can get into airports like LCY
. In Australia every airport that JQ
fly to now and in the future can take A319 sized aircraft and higher. Virgin Blue has a completely different business model from Jetstar, the E70 and E90's are mainly for better frequencies on thinner routes where the 737-700 with 144 seats is too big aimed at getting more corporate traffic. Jetstar is a strictly leisure oriented arm of QF
where they have Qantaslink Q400's competing with Virgin Blue's E-Jets. Any future A32S family aircraft in JQ
's fleet would either be A319's for thinner routes (ie OOL
). or A321's for busier routes (ie SYD
). the E-Jet has much better operating economics then the A318 and if JQ
needed something smaller the the A319 they would order something else rather then the A318.
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