SEATTLE — Jetstar’s (Qantas) first 787-8 Dreamliner took to the skies for the first time Saturday September 14, 2013 and flew to Moses Lake WA before returning to Paine Field north of Seattle later that evening. Three are due to the Australian airline this year out of fourteen currently on order. They will replace the current fleet of A330s. JetStar will operate in a J21 Y314 configuration totaling 335 passengers.
Jetstar Airways’ fleet of 787s will each carry 335 customers and feature a 21 passenger business class cabin and 314 in economy with inflight entertainment in every seat. Key features include larger windows, better cabin atmosphere to reduce jetlag and technology to minimise turbulence.
The 787s will be progressively introduced onto Jetstar’s international network, operating to destinations currently served by the airline’s A330s including Hawaii, Phuket, Bali and Japan.
In what is a standard process for the introduction of all new types of aircraft in Australia, Jetstar is working with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to vary Jetstar’s Air Operators Certificate to include the 787 Dreamliner ahead of its first commercial flight.
Delivery of the 787-8s to Jetstar will see its existing A330s transferred to Qantas, following a refit of the cabins. This will then enable the progressive retirement of Qantas’ Boeing 767 fleet by mid-2015.
The Qantas Group has a further 50 options and purchase rights for a mix of B787-8 and -9 aircraft, available from 2016.