Jet2 welcomes first A321neo into service

The low-cost leisure carrier rolled out the VIP treatment in celebration

The first of Jet2’s Airbus A321neos has entered service this week, with the airline laying on VIP treatment to passengers.

The example in question – G-SUNB (c/n 11379) – took its first flight on March 15, 2023, with tracking details showing it as operating flight LS809 from Manchester to Malaga on Sunday, May 7.

Passengers onboard the same LS809 service on Wednesday, May 10, received the VIP experience; the red carpet was rolled out at check-in for the airline to welcome its customers, whilst refreshments and goodie bags were also handed out in celebration.


On top of this, the lucky passengers onboard were also surprised with a £100 voucher for a future booking.

G-SUNB is the first of a 98-aircraft order to be delivered to the operator, with a mix of A320 and A321 neos on the books, and comes with an option to extend to 146 aircraft.

The aircraft flew from Airbus’ Hamburg facility to East Midlands Airport on April 1, before a positioning flight to Manchester on April 5. It undertook a round trip from Manchester to Leeds Bradford on May 6.

Jet2 said the A321neo enables the company to “grow more sustainably in line with the demand” whilst demonstrating its “commitment to sustainability…as [it delivers] an almost 20% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per seat against previous generation single aisle aircraft models.”


Steve Heapy, CEO at & Jet2holidays said: “The first of the brand-new Airbus A321 neo aircraft to come into operation this week is a real milestone in the history of and Jet2holidays. As more of these new aircraft come into our fleet, they will play a huge role in supporting our continued growth, whilst providing more choice, comfort and quality than ever before for our customers.

“As well as ensuring that we continue to deliver our award-winning customer experience, in our view the Airbus A321 neo is one of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in its class. As such, these aircraft are ensuring that we deliver a VIP customer service whilst further reducing emissions per passenger.”

This follows the news that Jet2 is investing in a new Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production plant to be built in the North West of England. This agreement will see the company invest an equity stake in the Fulcrum NorthPoint facility and expect to receive more than 200 million litres of SAF over a 15-year period – which the airline said is “one of the longest SAF supply agreements currently.”