Jetstar edges towards all-Boeing 787 long-haul fleet

By Chris C., July 30 2015
Jetstar edges towards all-Boeing 787 long-haul fleet

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.

Read: Qantas pilots back the Boeing 787

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Chris C.

A former contributor to Executive Traveller, Chris lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2013

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Last time I heard it was September 14?


13 Jun 2015

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Qantas do need the B789 aircraft to replace the B744 somewhere in 2018. The B789 aircraft will have a longer range than the jumbo jet and will be quieter than the existing 747. 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Mar 2014

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It'll happen. I expect after Qantas announce their financial results for this year, they'll have clout and shareholder support to go shopping.

I think QF's earliest options are in 2017 so we MAY be seeing the 787-9 then, rather than 2018.

Apparently the plan is for QF to have 275 seats on their 787-9, meaning that Jetstar packs more people onto a -8 than Qantas will be packing onto a -9 (!).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Sep 2012

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...and if they take some A359's instead, they could boost that seat count by another 25 or more. 

I wonder who that mystery airline is who SQ were asked by Airbus to defer 7 A359's for "who needed them quickly"...

QF perhaps?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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Over rated aircraft, especially with a low coast carrier.

12 Jun 2013

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What's a low coast? I thought they were all pretty much the same height.

20 Apr 2014

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"a more consistent experience" - indeed, now they offer the same knee-crunching seats on long haul as they do on domestic! the 787 config is a disaster that will likely finish them off as the public avoid them in droves.

31 Mar 2014

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Don't underestimate how much of a tightass the masses can be. If the price is right, people will fly no matter what

I have to agree with you.

LCCs bring new demand into the market - people who otherwise couldn't afford even an Economy ticket with a Full Service Carrier - rather than push people away.

As a general principle, if an LCC's crappy product pushes you away from that LCC and onto a Full Service Carrier, you aren't in the market which LCCs exist to serve.

I admit I think Jetstar's longhaul fleet could do with that extra inch of legroom just due to DVT-prevention reasons and because comfort requirements go up as flight length goes up (Tokyo is a 10-hour flight!). But still, the point is that LCCs aren't really pushing away pre-existing customers but catering to previously unserved ones.

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undertheradar Banned

28 Oct 2011

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I do love a good LOL moment when uninformed people make such 'sweeping'/incorrect statements

10 Jun 2015

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Regarding the "reaching an in-principle wage agreement with its pilots" has anyone heard that QF are considering establishing a separate unit for cabin crew based on lower wages (than QAL or QCCA) to solely operate the intended 787s? So for long haul there will be a new wage agreement for those operating the 787s. Not too dissimilar to the new contract Air NZ carved out for their 787 crew! QFs main hurdle were the pilots-rumour is Caltains will be on $300 per hour...

30 Jul 2015

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I was at he Boeing factory in Everett yesterday and Jetstar 787 no 11 is in the same position as your picture in this article. As was explained to us, it's the last stop before e aircraft heads over the get painted so it is indeed very close to being delivered. If you ever get the chance,mother Boeing tour is pretty awesome for avgeeks like me.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer - Chairmans Lounge

01 Sep 2011

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Totally agree re: Boeing. By comparison the Airbus tour in Toulouse, which I did last month, was such a disappointment and so diffocult and restrictive to get a booking on.

02 Aug 2015

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I thought that Jetstar was recieving 14 B787's? What happened to these orders?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Apr 2013

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they deffered the last 3 August last year

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

13 Mar 2015

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What QF need is to repalce old 744 (747-400's) for 748 (747-800i) to have more "Glamour" and make a difference within their competitors in their US and other long haul flights. 787 and 350 are nice.. but the "Glamour" of the 747 is not reached by any ariplane.. 380 is just a big tube, with mot much gace, crowded, move masses, not my plane. There are some airlines that shuodl not loose thier glamour retiring theri 747's: QF, SQ, BA, CX, AF.. Those airlines with the excellent crew and 747-8 could retake the skies...

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