Jetstar says it will invest in a multi-million-dollar upgrade of its existing Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner fleet, providing passengers with more comfort and choice, as well as new low-cost travel opportunities.
The upgrade includes overhauling the economy and business class cabins with new seating, in-flight connectivity and lie-flat crew rest areas to fly greater distances.
The business class offering will also more than double in response to growing premium demand, increasing from 21 seats to 44 seats going forward.
The new business seats will have device holders, a power outlet, headrests and a generous recline, but they will not be lie-flat.
Jetstar’s 10 787-8 aircraft have so far operated more than 54,000 flights to international destinations such as Bali, Honolulu, Tokyo, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully, said the fleet upgrade would significantly enhance the medium to long-haul flying experience.
“This multi-million-dollar fleet revamp will allow us to offer our customers more choice, comfort and amenities when flying longer distances internationally.
“Our existing 787 business class offering is extremely popular, so we’re doubling the number of business class seats, and to keep customers connected in the air, we’re introducing on-board wi-fi.
“The new crew rest areas mean our crew will be able to get the rest they need to operate longer flights, unlocking the possibility of exciting new destinations like Sri Lanka and India,” Tully added.
All economy and business seats are being replaced with next generation ergonomic designs by Recaro Aircraft Seating.
The seating in economy will feature seat back smartphone and tablet holders, a power outlet to keep devices charged and six-way headrests for head and neck support.
To accommodate the extra business seats, the total number of seats across the aircraft (business and economy) will drop by 10 to 325.
The cabin updates will be progressively completed during scheduled aircraft maintenance from late 2025. Detailed design work is currently underway, with more details to be provided in the coming months, the airline said.