Qantas Group carrier Jetstar Airways took delivery of the carrier’s first Boeing 787 on October 7, the aircraft becoming the first Dreamliner to go to an Australian airline.
“Today is a historic milestone for the Qantas Group and Jetstar as we welcome the most advanced passenger aircraft ever constructed to the fleet,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. “In just 10 short years, Jetstar has grown to be the largest low-fares carrier in the Asia Pacific, carrying more than 100 million passengers. The 787 will set up the airline for another decade of growth.”
The carrier’s first Boeing 787-8 departed Boeing’s Everett, Washington delivery center on the morning of October 7 en route for Melbourne, where the aircraft will be greeted by airline employees and special guests.
“Jetstar customers will have the chance to fly in a larger and more spacious cabin, enjoy gate-to-gate in-flight entertainment and arrive at their destination more refreshed thanks to a lower cabin altitude to reduce the impact of jet lag,” said Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka.
According to Boeing, the 787 burns 20 per cent less fuel and emits 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized, previous-generation aircraft.
Boeing Aerostructures Australia manufactures the movable trailing edge on the wing of every Dreamliner.
Jetstar Airways, the Qantas Group’s low-cost brand, plans to introduce the Boeing 787 first on domestic routes and then on the airline’s international network.
The airline has a total of 14 Boeing 787s on order and expects to fly an all-787 long-haul fleet by 2015.