Jetstar to reveal new Boeing 787 routes next week?

By David Flynn, December 6 2013
Jetstar to reveal new Boeing 787 routes next week?

Jetstar hopes to reveal its next set of Boeing 787 routes next week, planned around the early 2014 debut of two more Dreamliners in the low-cost carrier's fleet.

The airline's first Boeing 787 is currently shuttling between its Melbourne base and the Gold Coast and Cairns as Jetstar completes a series of domestic flights to bed down the next-gen jet before it begins international service on the Melbourne-Bali route from Wednesday December 18.

However, the Dreamliner will be making its daily visits to Denpasar only "over the summer period", Jetstar says, so other routes are on the cards.

Earlier this year Jetstar CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said "we expect to add more destinations, including Phuket, Japan, Hawaii and Singapore, to the 787's flying schedule as we receive more aircraft."

Jetstar expects to take delivery of its second 787 later this month with the third arriving in January.

As Jetstar has spoken of "new routes" for the new year, some flyers are pinning their hopes on a service to Hong Kong, pending the launch of Jetstar Hong Kong.

A joint venture between Qantas, Shanghai-based China Eastern and Hong Kong business magnate and billionaire Stanley Ho, through his conglomerate Shun Tak Holdings, Jetstar Hong Kong represents perhaps its parent's most ambitious expansion to date.

Qantas originally hoped for a mid-2013 launch for Jetstar Hong Kong but has faced delays in gaining regulatory approval, along with staunch opposition from HK incumbents Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express. This could make a HK service too tentative until the startup airline has locked down a definite launch date.

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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.

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 543

Finally! Boeing 787 service from Australia to Hong Kong! (not to mention I'll probably ride it the first time when I turn 20)

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2556

It's mere speculation from some quarters, Alvin, don't get your hopes up!

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

25 Apr 2013

Total posts 543

Ah. >.< I see.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

Total posts 2213

Um, it's not currently BNE and CNS, it's OOL and CNS?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Dec 2013

Total posts 16

Aren't they flying to OOL and CNS now to fly to Tokyo or Osaka from those?  

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Oct 2013

Total posts 93

On any other day I'd be indifferent to JQ articles like this, but juxtaposed alongside today's tumultuous QF news, I can't help be but infuriated that QF is being left for dead while JQ nabs its resources.

People ask me why QF are stuck in the rut they are in today. And while JQ receiving the 787 is hardly the sole reason for QF's demise, it certainly demonstrates the contempt the QF Group has for the legacy carrier, among many many others!

19 Jan 2012

Total posts 427

Yep, the HKG JQ operation is yet another stuff up at Qf Group. Reported elsewhere they have idle aircraft, Mental. Surely Bad management.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Feb 2011

Total posts 53

Alan strikes again! Get rid of the 767's on Qantas and hand over the 787's from Jetstar. I am sure the $99.00 fares will love flying on a 30 year old 767 but those of us who now go Virgin A330-200 to Sydney or 777-200's to Singapore wont swap back to Qantas until they fix their mess! 

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