Melbourne Airport welcomes Jetstar’s first Boeing 787
Oct 11, 2013
Melbourne Airport welcomed Jetstar’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner as it touched down just after 1:00pm on Wednesday 9 October.
Jetstar flight JQ7878 and officials were greeted by the Premier of Victoria, Dr Dennis Napthine in front of over 200 cheering Jetstar team members at Hangar 141.
Melbourne will be the Australian home for Jetstar’s new Dreamliner aircraft, building on the already strong connection between Melbourne and the Boeing 787 which is partly manufactured here.
Jetstar’s 787 is the second airline flying the Dreamliner to Melbourne with Air India being the first, recently commencing a daily service in August.
Jetstar has selected Bali*, as the first international route operating a daily service over the summer period and expect to add more destinations, including Phuket, Japan, Hawaii and Singapore, to the 787’s flying schedule as they receive more aircraft.
The 787 offers a new level of passenger comfort with better cabin pressure and benefits of lower fuel burn and less carbon emissions.
The aircraft will carry 335 passengers and feature a 21 seat business class cabin and 314 seats in economy and subject to the certification, Jetstar expects to have three 787s operating early next year with an all 787 long haul fleet by the end of 2015.
*Subject to government and regulatory approval