Jetstar Switches From A330s to 787 Long Haul Fleet
28th Sep 2015
Australian airline Jetstar has successfully finalized the move of its long-haul operations from Airbus A330 planes to all-Boeing 787s.
The final A330 will operate this Friday, on the Honolulu to Brisbane route, when flight JQ6 lands just a little before 5:00 p.m. on Brisbane Airport.
Jetstar's transition from Airbus A330 to Boeing 787 fleet took about two years and it started with in 2013, when the carrier received its first Dreamliner. After that, A330s were slowly but steadily moved to Jetstar's parent company Qantas and Jetstar moved Boeing to their place.
Right now, the carrier operates a total of 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft on several domestic routes and international services, especially for Asia-Pacific. The plan is also to move a few of the planes for the trans-Tasman services during the summer season.
One Dreamliner service will go to Wuhan in China from 30th September from the Gold Coast, as a part of Jetstar's new partnership with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. This will be a bi-weekly flight.
Last week, Jetstar said they expect over 300 travelers from China on the inaugural Wuhan-Gold Coast flight.
Nigel Fanning, Jetstar head of commercial for Australia and New Zealand said the following in a statement about this service:
"These new flights from Wuhan will be a boon for local tourism with some 70,000 seats a year on offer between the Gold Coast and one of China's fastest growing cities. With a population of more than 10 million, Wuhan is the largest city in central China and it's a great sign for the Gold Coast that we're off to such a strong start with flight bookings."
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was introduced in October, 2011, making it 17 years younger than Airbus A330. It has the same wingspan (60m), but longer range (15,190km vs. 11,300km), higher top speed (954km/h vs. 913km/h) and better cruise speed (913km/h vs. 871km/h).