Jetstar launched its first Boeing 787-8 service from the Gold Coast to Tokyo Narita on July 24.
The service, which up until now had been operated by Airbus A330-200 equipment, is the latest route for the 787, five of which are now in service with Jetstar.
“Jetstar is a long-term, valued airline partner here at Gold Coast Airport and we are thrilled to receive a 787 aircraft to service the Gold Coast – Narita route,” Gold Coast Airport COO David Collins said. “Since the Gold Coast-Tokyo service commenced in 2008, Jetstar has carried 675,000 passengers between the two destinations. The majority of inbound Japanese passengers choose to end their visit in Australia with a stay on the Gold Coast. Jetstar recognised this by making the sound business decision to commence direct Osaka and Tokyo flights into the Gold Coast back in 2008. The 787 commitment from Jetstar is a real boost for the region and signifies their belief that the future of international tourism on the Gold Coast is looking bright.”
The new aircraft has seen additional capacity added to the route, with the 787 able to carry an 33 more passengers than the A330.