Jetstar Airways (JQ, Melbourne Tullamarine) has converted a significant proportion of its order with Airbus (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) for ninety-nine A320neo into A321neo(LR). According to Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce, the first eighteen aircraft will deliver from mid-2020 through to the end of 2022. The order had previously constituted fifty-four A320neo and forty-five A321neo, with deliveries to have begun in 2019.

Operationally, the budget carrier will exploit the LR's range to replace the B787-8 on select longhaul routes such as Sydney Kingsford Smith and Melbourne Tullamarine to Denpasar, Indonesia. As such, the first four aircraft of the type will be used to add capacity on these routes while allowing the B787-8s to be redeployed to other leisure destinations such as Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Hawaii.

Qantas Group retains flexibility with the sequencing of the rest of its A320neo Family order which is more or less an even split between the 186-seater A320neo and 232-seater A321neo(LR). The aircraft will be used primarily for fleet renewal, i.e. to replace older A320ceo, but with scope to allow for growth depending on market conditions.