Jetstar will upgrade all flights from the Gold Coast and Cairns to Tokyo and Osaka to the Boeing 787 by September this year as Qantas' low-cost offshoot continues to ramp up its Dreamliner fleet.
The move is sure to be a hit with Japanese tourists and sees Jetstar trump JAL in using the Boeing 787 on the Australia-Japan route.
First up is the JQ11/12 direct service between the Gold Coast and Tokyo's Narita Airport, will switch over from the current Airbus A330 to a Boeing 787 from July 24 and run "up to seven days a week during the peak period" according to Jetstar.
A Cairns-Tokyo Boeing 787 flight will follow from August 14, again with scope for daily flights during the busiest times of the year, while Cairns-Osaka will see the Dreamliner starting September 5 up to five days a week.
“These are Jetstar’s eighth and ninth Boeing 787 routes and it means that all of our long haul Japan routes from Queensland will be operated by the aircraft" said Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall.
In each case the Airbus A330s previously assigned to those routes will be handed down to Qantas to join the Flying Kangaroo's growing fleet of twin-aisle Airbus jets for use on domestic routes, with an eventual upgrade to the airline's new Business Suite business class seat.
Jetstar says it's on track to retire all of its A330s by the end of 2015 and switch to an 'all-787' long range international fleet, allowing Qantas to put its older fuel-thirsty Boeing 767s out to pasture.
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