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In leaked documents seen exclusively by Australian Business Traveller, Jetstar's cabin layout for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been revealed.
According to the plans, marked "Project Sirius", the airline has decided on a high-density seating configuration. That won't surprise travellers familiar with the minimal leg-room available on the airline's Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft.
The new seats have only been developed since the delay to the delivery of Jetstar's new 787s, caused by production problems at Boeing.
Produced under contract by European manufacturer ProAiFoll, the seats will appear in a maximum-density 2-4-2 configuration -- on two levels for its new Project Sirius layout.
A ladder cleverly built into the cabin allows passengers seated on the upper level to ascend to their seats.
We have exclusive leaked pictures of the seats below, which demonstrate the two-level structure that Jetstar will use:
Another page of the plans show rejected ideas for standing-room only seats, which our source tells us were nixed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Australian Business Traveller has been told by a member of Jetstar staff that a top-secret evacuation safety test for Project Sirius took place in Boeing's Renton, Washington factory last week. All aircraft must be certified as able to be evacuated within 90 seconds with only half the emergency doors in operation.
The staff member (who spoke with us in secrecy and wished only to be named as "Bruce") reported two broken legs, a twisted neck and "minor whiplash injuries". In comparison, the Airbus A380's evacuation test resulted in only one broken leg.
The plans we exclusively gained access to also state that Jetstar's first routes for the 787 will be to Athens, Milan, Munich, Rome and San Serriffe, with the flights transiting via Singapore.
Crew will be offering special buy-on-board meals and experiences to tie in with the relaxing opportunities offered by the Project Sirius seats and to get travellers in the mood for their destination.
Munich flights will tie in to the famous Oktoberfest, with cabin crew in special Jetstar-branded dirndl and lederhosen Bavarian clothing. Special keg equipment from the renowned Augustiner Bierkeller with high-altitude foam-reducing gear will provide a taste of southern Germany in the air.
Services to Rome and Milan will provide an on-demand Italian meal service, with Italian-Australian favourites including pollo alla parmigiana, risotto alla milanese and the infamously decadent hot pudding La Barbajada. To Milan, the Milanese happy hour, aperitivo, will be available between the third and fourth hours of the flight on departure from Singapore.
On flights to Athens, special plastinx stands will be available for sale to allow passengers to partake in the famous Greek game of kottabos. However, sales will be restricted to passengers travelling in pairs, as there is only one plastinx fitting per pair of seats.
Flights to San Serriffe's Bodoni International Airport -- a key business destination -- will see a special buy-on-board menu including dishes from the islands' indigenous Flong people, including Zapfino stew, kern pie and Haettenschweiler cake.
The Jetstar staffer, "Bruce", told us that Jetstar crew are informally referring to the new destination-themed services as "Project 'You Can't Be' Sirius".
Unfortunately for travellers, the delivery date for Jetstar's 787s has been pushed back to one year from today, and the aircraft will now arrive April 1, 2012.
Happy April Fool's Day from the team at Australian Business Traveller!