Jetstar today became the first airline to operate a commercial Boeing 787 flight from Brisbane Airport with the start of a four times a week service from the city to Bali.
Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall said the deployment of the 787 on the route added almost 3000 low fares seats from Brisbane.
“We have five A320 aircraft based at Brisbane and when combined with our second base at the Gold Coast, Jetstar offers almost 400 weekly flights and more than 80,000 seats from south-east Queensland,” Mr Hall said.
“Jetstar is the leading low fares carrier operating from the region and we employ more than 480 team members across cabin crew, pilots, engineers and ground staff.
“Today is a fantastic milestone for Jetstar and Queensland and we are delighted to be offering more low fares to a greater choice of destinations.
“Next month Jetstar turns 10 and we’ve given our customers in south-east Queensland an early birthday present, bringing the Boeing 787 on our brand new route from Brisbane to Bali.
From December 2014 Jetstar will be delivering even more international options to Brisbane customers as it commences direct flights from Brisbane to Honolulu*.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey welcomed the announcement of Jetstar’s first international service from Brisbane Airport and said the services would help to deliver the Newman Government’s goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure in Queensland from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
“The Brisbane to Bali flights have the potential to entice thousands of extra visitors to Queensland every year and give tourism a much needed boost, especially after Tropical Cyclone Ita,” said Mrs Stuckey.
“The announcement of this new route reinforces the confidence the airline industry has in the Queensland visitor economy, on the back of the Newman Government’s $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.”
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.*
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.
* Subject to government and regulatory approval.