How to fly on Jetstar's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner

By David Flynn, October 11 2013

Of course you're eager to fly on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It's an great experience and a peek into the future of air travel.

The next-gen jet boasts a bevy of passenger-friendly features including a larger and more spacious cabin with more room for carry-on luggage, a quieter smoother ride plus lower cabin pressure and increased humidity to reduce the effects of jetlag.

And with Australia's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner now in the hands and hangar of Jetstar, here's what you need to know about scoring your ticket.

Jetstar's domestic Boeing 787 flights

From November 13th to December 16th, Jetstar will run its Boeing 787 on two domestic services: Melbourne – Gold Coast and Melbourne – Cairns.

Tickets for both are now on sale at, but look for the special Dreamliner icon next to the flight to be sure you don't end up on one of the conventional Airbus A330 services.

Look for the Dreamliner logo to snare your seat on a 787
Look for the Dreamliner logo to snare your seat on a 787

And if you want to sit in business class (although it's more like premium economy) instead of economy, purchase a Plus or Max bundle fare and select a seat in the first three rows.

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

Don't be taken in by Jetstar's current Club Jetstar promotion "to celebrate the arrival of our first 787 Dreamliner", which comes with a big photo of the Boeing 787 and offers a bunch of special sale fares of just $7.87: these fares are not for travel on the Boeing 787. They're just regular domestic Jetstar routes on conventional Airbus aircraft.

Despite all the '787' action, these fares won't get you on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Despite all the '787' action, these fares won't get you on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Jetstar's international Boeing 787 flights

From December 18th, Jetstar will begin flying the Boeing 787 on the popular Melbourne-Bali route – perfect for a summer getaway, especially if you skip the often-messy Kuta Beach area and head to some of the better resorts dotted around Nusa Dua.

Tickets are now on sale for the Melbourne-Bali service, although as Jetstar has specifically said this will run "over the summer period" we're expecting the 787 could shift onto another route in the new year.

Two more Boeing 787s will be delivered to Jetstar by year's end and will start flying in early 2014. Jetstar hasn't revealed where those are headed, but Jetstar CEO Jayne Hrdlicka says "we expect to add more destinations, including Phuket, Japan, Hawaii and Singapore, to the 787's flying schedule as we receive more aircraft."

By 2015 Jetstar will have an all-787 fleet which will cover all destinations currently served by its Airbus A330s.

So when can I fly a Qantas Boeing 787?

Not until 2016 at the earliest, which is when Qantas will consider adding the Boeing 787 to its international fleet.

And that aircraft will be the larger long-range 787-9 version of the Dreamliner, compared to Jetstar's original and smaller 787-8 model.

“The 787-9 is a long-range aircraft which can fly to the US, which can fly to Dallas (and) just about anywhere in Asia, and it's ideal to open up a range of new routes for the Qantas network than we’ve seen before” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce told Australian Business Traveller

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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.


22 Mar 2012

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No sydney flights! :(

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

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Too short...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Plat

21 Apr 2011

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No gate facilities are currently equipped for the wingspan of the 788 aircraft at T2 right now. The MEL operation is within gates already capable of handling the A/C as are the remote stands at the GC and in CNS. Also gives the ground teams in MEL, CNS and OOL whom are interchanged between domestic and international experience on the AC. SYD the ground crews are either DOM or INT with no interchange - hence no point in flying them to train crews whom wont be seeing the A/C anytime soon.


22 Mar 2012

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It is irrelevant that there are no 787 facilites at T2 in Sydney. Jetstar could easily operate the flights out of International T1 as they do with some existing A330 flights.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I am inclined to suspect SYD will only see the 787 when it commences JQi service to DPS.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

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Too hard, it would confuse a few JQ customers - and I suspect the landing charges are generally higher in SYD. 

19 Jan 2012

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Technical crews for the 787 are MEL based (?).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Hrm, that's also a possibility. Eh, whatever - I'm sure they'll start SYD flights at some point in some way, shape or form, and then I'll try and go for that.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Such a shame!

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