Jetstar is close to having an all-Boeing 787 fleet to cover its longer international flights as the date of its final Airbus A330 service nears on September 24.
That’s when Jetstar will run its last A330 flights, being from Melbourne to Honolulu as JQ1 and then Honolulu to Brisbane later that day as JQ6.
With 10 Boeing 787-8s already to its name and one more on the way, Jetstar Airways will then run the Dreamliners on every flight between Australia’s east coast and destinations such as Bangkok, Tokyo, Bali, and of course, Honolulu.
Shorter flights, like those from Australia to New Zealand, from Perth to Singapore or operated by Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Japan (GK) and Jetstar Pacific (BL) will largely retain the smaller and single-aisle Airbus A320s, as will the bulk of Jetstar’s Australian domestic flights.
A Jetstar spokesperson confirmed the fleet changeover plans to Australian Business Traveller, adding that the Dreamliner had "already started to generate substantial cost savings (and) fundamentally changed the economics of our international business."
"As we complete the fleet transformation, we're looking forward to offering a more consistent experience across our long haul international network and unlocking further cost benefits to help us keep fares low for our customers," the spokesperson added.
Australian Business Traveller spotted the makings of Jetstar's ninth Dreamliner at Boeing's Everett factory in February, which began flying in full Jetstar colours on July 10 2015 and with the 11th Boeing 787 taking off to Honolulu from September 25.
Jetstar took the reins of its very first Dreamliner less than two years ago on October 7 2013, while ‘big sister’ Qantas looks to be nearing a firm order for the larger Boeing 787-9 aircraft after reaching an in-principle wage agreement with its pilots.
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