Jetstar gears up for B787 launch

20 May 2013 by ScottCarey7

Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar is the latest airline to start preparing to launch B787 Dreamliner flights, including deciding where it will fly.

The Qantas subsidiary airline expects to receive its first Dreamliner at the end of September, with a further two aircraft joining the fleet by the end of the year.

Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said, “Jetstar will be the first airline in Australia and New Zealand, and the first low-cost carrier in Asia Pacific, to operate the Boeing 787. Our customers are going to love it.”

Hrdlicka also revealed that the aircraft will operate to destinations such as Honolulu, Phuket and Tokyo.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, “The Qantas Group fleet is now the youngest it has been in 20 years and the addition of these ultra fuel efficient 787s will help us deliver an even better standard of travel.”

Qantas Group has a total of 14 firm orders for the 787-8, which will be delivered direct to Jetstar. The group also holds a further 50 options for a mix of 787-8s and -9s, available from 2016.

Once it takes delivery of the Dreamliner Jetstar will transfer its A330s to Qantas, following a refit of the cabins.

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Report by Scott Carey

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