Jetstar launches first international 787 flight, from Melbourne to Bali

Jetstar stated (31-Jan-2014) it operated its first international Boeing 787 service from Melbourne to Bali on 31-Jan-2014, becoming 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-Apr-2014 to be serviced by 787 aircraft. Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said: “Once this service is launched Jetstar will offer up to 2680 seats a week between the capital city of Queensland and Denpasar”. Jetstar also announced it would begin operating the 787 on services from Sydney to Bali in Jan-2014 and Sydney to Phuket in Feb-2014. Mr Hall said Jetstar expected to have four 787s operating on international routes by Apr-2014, adding: “Today’s inaugural international 787 flight is a pivotal milestone for Jetstar marking a new dawn in the history of our long-haul operations… 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.” Earlier this month, Jetstar took delivery of its second 787 and this will now undergo an entry into service programme. 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’ 767 fleet by mid-2015.