Jetstar 787 Dreamliner
The announcement of domestic services coincides with Jetstar taking delivery of the aircraft during an official handover ceremony at Boeing’s Everett plant in Seattle attended by Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.
Its the first of 14 Dreamliners are destined for the Jetstar international fleet.
Each Jetstar 787 Dreamliner will carry 335 customers and feature a 21-passenger business class cabin and 314 in economy with in-flight entertainment in every seat.
Key features include larger windows, better cabin atmosphere to reduce jetlag, a quieter aircraft and technology to minimise turbulence. There is more space for carry-on luggage.
Passengers will be flying in the 787 Dreamliner, as soon as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority gives it the thumbs up.
The 787s will be progressively introduced onto Jetstar’s international network, operating to destinations currently served by the airline’s A330s including Hawaii, Phuket, Bali and Japan.
Delivery of the 787-8s to Jetstar will see its existing A330s transferred to Qantas. This will then enable the progressive retirement of Qantas’ Boeing 767 fleet by mid-2015.
The Qantas Group has a further 50 options and purchase rights for a mix of B787-8 and -9 aircraft, available from 2016.
I had the good fortune to inspect a 787 Dreamliner, while the aircraft was in Brisbane last year and I’m looking forward to seeing the aircraft in action.
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Jetstar