First look: Jetstar's Boeing 787 Dreamliner business, economy seats

By David Flynn, September 27 2013
First look: Jetstar's Boeing 787 Dreamliner business, economy seats

Looking for photos of Jetstar's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner seats? We've got 'em!

Ahead of next month's delivery of Jetstar's first Boeing 787 the airline has provided a sneak peak at its business and economy seats via a 'fly-though' computer graphics video and information shared on its special Jetstar Boeing 787 Dreamliner web page.

Jetstar Boeing 787 business class

The pointy end of Jetstar's Boeing 787 will be fitted with 21 of these leather-clad Recaro business class seats arranged in a 2-3-2 layout.

They bear more than a passing resemblance to Qantas' own premium economy seats (also manufactured by Recaro), and as AusBT first revealed earlier this year, they're generous recliners rather than angled flat-beds.

"When you’re only flying five to ten hours, the amount the customers need to pay for a lie-flat seat, for the space it takes up, just doesn’t work out" says Mark Dal Pra, who leads Jetstar’s 787 program.

Jetstar tells us the seat pitch will be around 38 inches, comparable to the airline's current A330 fleet.

Each business class seat will include a 10.6 inch touchscreen display, AC power socket and USB port.

Jetstar Boeing 787 economy class

There bulk of Jetstar's Boeing 787 is given over to 314 slimline and lightweight Pinnacle economy seats from BE Aerospace.

These are ranked in a 3-3-3 layout with a seat pitch of 31-32 inches.

Jetstar says the effective legroom is actually greater because of the seat's slim design, which delivers a little more room around the knees.

Each traveller gets their own 9 inch touchscreen and USB port, with an AC power outlet shared between every two seats.

The Panasonic eX2 inflight entertainment system offers video on demand while seatback mounting will allow 'gate to gate' use rather than having to switch off the screen during take-off and landing.

You can watch the complete fly-though video below:

Jetstar expects to take delivery of its first 787 on October 7th, with two more to follow by year’s end.

Australian Business Traveller will be on the 787's delivery flight from Seattle to Melbourne as a guest of Jetstar, Qantas and Boeing.

Read: Qantas, Jetstar and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – what you need to know

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Jun 2013

Total posts 28

Great for Y paxs. 3-3-3 abroad, and a 9-inch IFE. Not too sure about business, but then again, it is a LCC.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Nov 2011

Total posts 122

I would hardly call 3-3-3 great for pax when a 2-4-2 version is more common among legacy carriers (granted JQ is a LCC).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Jun 2013

Total posts 28

JQ shouldn't be compared to legacy carriers - complete apples and oranges. 3-3-3 is great in terms of being a LCC - considering Scoot has 3-4-3 abroad. 

05 Sep 2011

Total posts 66

Scoot doesn't fly the 787 yet. They have 3-4-3 seating on their 777s, but that is a much wider aircraft. 3-3-3 on a 787 is narrow!


15 Apr 2011

Total posts 582

2-4-2 is certainly not more common among legacy carriers - the only carriers in the world who have gone for 2-4-2 are JAL and ANA (both of whom have since added 3-3-3 in some planes), while carriers like United, BA, Qatar etc have all gone for 3-3-3.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2209

Actually, don't they look most like the botched 2-3-2 domestic A330-200 business that later had the "workspace"? The Qantas Premium Economy seat has armrest IFE.

The music still hurts my ears, though.


22 Oct 2012

Total posts 317

How does "an AC power outlet shared between every two seats" in Economy work when the seat configuration is 3-3-3?

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2553

Well of course it's mathematically less than two seats, but this is what Jetstar told us, we're just repeating it. (As watson has mentioned below, there's one AC outlet in each shared armrest between the seats, so each of the two armrests in a triple-seat block have an AC port. Which mathematically works out to be something like one outlet between every one-point-something seats. But one-between-two-seats is simply and easier to grasp!)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2012

Total posts 315

Could be more than likely find the AC power outlet between the armrests of the middle seat or something along those lines.  So that means the Asile and Window passengers have access to it along with the person in the middle seat.  So technically between "every two seats".

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2209

Okay, you know how the seats are 3-3-3? Right, so each bank is 3 seats. Between those three seats, you have two inter-seat armrest spaces. That's where the power outlets go. As such, you're sharing one between two seats, but they overlap in a way such that two are shared between three.


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

30 Aug 2013

Total posts 9

After watching this video, I wouldn't mind flying economy on jetstar for long haul flights.

10 Aug 2013

Total posts 29

I honestly never had a problem with jetstar to begin with. The A330 to me was average, average pitch, width, etc. Occasionally snapping up some $400 return tickets to Japan or Thailand, I wouldnt complain because you get what you pay for.

If Jetstar plans to offer fares in that range at the same frequency it does now, I can see Jetstar becoming a very serious threat to alot of major airlines.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2209

It should be interesting to see how they attack AirAsia X and Scoot's forays into Australia.

06 Feb 2013

Total posts 12

Oooh...A cappuccino in a ceramic cup in JQ economy. How do I order one of those? ;P

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

22 Nov 2013

Total posts 1

What I cant understand is why Jetstar would reduce the number of Business Class seats from 34 on the A330 to 21 on the 787. When you try to book seats on the A330 SYD to NHL Business Class is the first to sell out. With the 787 now only having 21 will mean you'll need to book 12 months in advance. Economy seats are always available on these flights so go figure.

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