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Jetstar’s interim Auckland 787 service touches down

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 26, 2014

VH-VKA taxis to the terminal at Auckland. (Mike Millett)
VH-VKA taxis to the terminal at Auckland. (Mike Millett)

Jetstar has begun operating the 787 on the trans-Tasman on an interim basis through until March 28 as it continues to build crew experience on the new Boeing twinjet.

The Qantas Group’s low-cost carrier will operate the 335-seat 787-8 three times weekly between Melbourne and Auckland (on Mondays, Wedensdays and Fridays), with VH-VKA landing in Auckland at 11:25am on Wednesday morning after operating the first trans-Tasman 787 RPT flight (JQ229).

“The Dreamliner is a destination in itself and we’re pleased that over the next month thousands of Kiwis will be able to experience this unique long-haul aircraft at trans-Tasman prices,” said Grant Kerr, Jetstar’s NZ head.

Even though the 787 is configured with 21 business class seats, Jetstar is not offering a full business class service on the trans-Tasman. Instead the business class seats are being sold as ‘extra leg room seats’.

Once the interim services are completed, the 787 is likely to return to New Zealand in Jetstar colours at some point by mid 2015 once the aircraft has completely replaced Jetstar’s A330-200 fleet to operate the airline’s current Singapore-Auckland flights.

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Comments (2)

  • random


    Still beggars belief that QF Intl are struggling to lower their cost base whilst operating legacy classic aircraft yet Jetstar gets first crack at the B787? I know Joyce really wants to take a sledge hammer to staffing costs but aircraft efficiencies that reduce fuel burn must be part of any cost strategy. Also, it surprises me that collectively on a global or at least alliance scale the airlines seem powerless to drive aviation fuel costs down significantly – they appear to be utterly powerless – presumably OPEC believes they have a captive market that is basically beholden to them.

  • John Harrison


    Yes as Random states, its been beyond my understand since It was announced the Boeing 787’s would go to Jetstar 1st not Qantas. Jetstar should have the old B767-338s to go with their AB330-200s if they want more aircraft. Why give a new aircraft to the “lowcost” side of your business. It just goes to show what Mr Joyce and Co think of Qantas. Enough said I think on this subject.

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