Jetstar’s – and Australia’s – first 787 will arrive in Melbourne at 1305 on Wednesday October 9. Due to depart Boeing’s Paine Field in Seattle on Monday carrying flight number JQ7878, the aircraft – VH-VKA (pictured) – will transit Honolulu overnight before arriving to a welcome ceremony at Jetstar’s Melbourne Airport facility on Wednesday.
After arrival, the 335-seat 787-8 will be used for familiarisation before being put into service initially on domestic routes in November. Following a period of bedding-down through local flying, the 787 will then be pressed into international services.
Read the full story on the delivery of Jetstar’s 787 in the November issue of Australian Aviation, out on October 31.