Jetstar will today mark a new chapter in Australian aviation history when it operates its first international Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from Melbourne to Bali and becomes the first scheduled 787 operator into Indonesia.
The milestone comes as Jetstar announced it would launch a new route between Brisbane and Bali from 16 April 2014 to be serviced by the 787*.
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said he was delighted Jetstar would become the only carrier to offer a wide-body aircraft on the Brisbane-Bali route.
Our customers will be thrilled with the launch of direct flights between Brisbane and Bali
“We know our customers will be thrilled with the launch of direct flights between Brisbane and Bali,” Mr Hall said.
“Once this service is launched Jetstar will offer up to 2,680 seats a week between the capital city of Queensland and Denpasar.
“Customers across the network have raved about the experience onboard the 787 and we have no doubt the reviews will be just as positive when our Brisbane customers get the opportunity to fly on it next year.”
In other exciting news for Australian travellers, Jetstar also announced it would begin operating the 787 on flights from Sydney to Bali in January 2014 and Sydney to Phuket in February 2014*.
Mr Hall said Jetstar expected to have four 787s operating on international routes by April 2014*.
“Today’s inaugural international 787 flight is a pivotal milestone for Jetstar marking a new dawn in the history of our long haul operations,” Mr Hall said.
“As we accept delivery of more 787s over the coming months, we’re really looking forward to introducing this state-of-the-art aircraft on to more routes for the benefit of our customers.”
To mark the beginning of Brisbane – Bali services, Jetstar has launched a celebration sale with one way fares starting at $229^ for travel between 30 April - 17 June 2014 and 22 July - 11 September 2014.
Last week, Jetstar took delivery of its second 787 and this will now undergo an entry into service program. Jetstar’s existing fleet of A330 aircraft will be replaced by 787s by the end of 2015 and the aircraft will serve destinations including Hawaii, Japan and Thailand*.
The 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.
* Subject to government and regulatory approval.
^ Checked baggage not included. You can choose from 15kg to 40kg checked baggage for an additional $16.50-$45.00 per passenger per fare. Sale fares not available on all flights or days and conditions apply. Prices are based on payment by direct deposit/POLi, voucher or Jetstar MasterCard/Jetstar Platinum MasterCard for bookings through jetstar.com. For all other bookings, a Booking and Service Fee of $12.50 per passenger per flight applies.
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 4,200 flights a week to more than 75 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 34 million passengers in financial year 2016.