Jetstars First Boeing 787 in Final Assembly

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 6 June 2013

Jetstar executives have been in Seattle this week to see the carriers first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in final assembly ahead of its scheduled delivery in late September.

The assembly includes the addition of the moveable trailing edge components, manufactured by Boeing Aerostructures Australia in their Melbourne-based facility.

Jetstar has confirmed that its first Boeing 787 will initially fly domestically prior to entering service on international routes by the end of the year. Domestic routes including the Gold Coast and Cairns are currently being considered.

This first aircraft will be our only 787 to fly domestically before joining our international network, providing a great window of opportunity for thousands of domestic travellers to experience the 787, said Jetstar Director of the Boeing 787 Program, Mark Dal Pra. The technology of the 787 will deliver a superior travelling experience onboard and its great to see our first aircraft so close to completion.

Features of Jetstars Boeing 787 will include:

- Every seat with Panasonic entertainment eX2 systems with video on demand, games and gate-to-gate availability

- New seat chat, USB accessibility and in-seat power in both business and economy

- Significantly larger cabin windows with electronic dimmers

- Cleaner air and higher humidity levels on board, assisting with reducing jetlag and fatigue

- Smoother Ride Technology to smooth out turbulence. Less noise with a significantly lower noise footprint than other aircraft in its class

- Larger overhead bins

- All leather seating

The Qantas Group will invest over $100 million in infrastructure to support Dreamliner operations, creating up to 100 jobs.

Jetstars first engineers and pilots have completed 787 training with more pilots and engineers undertaking the program in the next few months. More than 600 Jetstar cabin crew will be trained on the new aircraft.

Jetstars 14 Boeing 787 aircraft will replace its current fleet of Airbus 330 aircraft on long haul routes. Jetstar will receive three Boeing 787s by the end of this year and will have an all 787 long haul fleet by 2015.

Jetstar currently operates long haul services from Australia to Bali, Phuket, Bangkok, Honolulu, Tokyo and Osaka and Singapore from Singapore to Beijing, Osaka and Auckland.

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