A new chapter of Australian aviation began today with Jetstar’s first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner service taking to the skies.
Passengers onboard JQ432 from Melbourne to the Gold Coast are the first of thousands of Jetstar customers booked to fly on the game changing aircraft over the next few weeks.
Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said the flight marked a significant milestone for the airline, creating another Australian aviation first.
“Today, we celebrate Jetstar being the first low fares airline in Asia Pacific to start commercial 787 services,” Ms Hrdlicka said.
“Our customers will experience a step change in their comfort onboard and fly on the most modern and passenger friendly aircraft available.
“From improvements to the cabin pressure, to more natural light and more space for cabin baggage, I am sure the 787 will become a destination in itself for the thousands of Jetstar customers.
“An enormous amount of work and dedication from across Jetstar and the broader Qantas Group has been key to introducing this aircraft.
“The 787’s lower fuel costs will help ensure Jetstar delivers on its mission to provide more customers with the opportunity to travel than ever before.”
During the next four weeks, Jetstar will operate daily return 787 services from Melbourne to Cairns and six weekly return services from Melbourne to the Gold Coast before the first international flight takes off for Bali on December 18.
Customers wanting to get a sneak peek of Jetstar’s 787 can see its features and book tickets here.
The Jetstar Boeing 787 will carry 335 passengers and feature a 21 seat business class cabin and 314 seats in economy with inflight entertainment available in every seat.
Jetstar expects to have three 787s operating early next year and an all 787 long haul fleet by 2015.
Arrival of Jetstar’s 787s will see existing A330s transferred to Qantas, following a refit of the cabins. This will enable the progressive retirement of Qantas’ Boeing 767 fleet by mid-2015.
The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 4,000 flights a week to more than 70 destinations across Asia Pacific. The Jetstar Group carried more than 29 million passengers in financial year 2015.