Jetstar is increasing its international capacity from Melbourne next year, with more than 100,000 new seats planned.
Starting on 17 June, Jetstar will fly its 787-8 fleet up to daily to Singapore, and up to five times per week to each of Bangkok and Phuket. Currently the airline flies up to six times per week to Singapore and three times per week to Bangkok and Phuket.
The news comes soon after Jetstar’s announcement that it would increase the frequency of its A320 flights between Melbourne and New Zealand from April, with up to 13 return services per week to Auckland and up to five per week to Christchurch. Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast will also see an increase in New Zealand flights.
“Melburnians love to travel and we’re continuing to see strong demand,” said Jetstar CEO Stephanie Tully.
“The city is also incredibly popular with international tourists as a cultural capital for sport, art, food, and world-renowned coffee.
“Over 100 thousand new low fare seats will give customers more choice of where and when to fly, allowing them to take off more on international adventures.”
The airline is also set to overhaul its 787-8 fleet from 2025, including new seating, new livery, the removal of seat-back screens to be replaced by in-flight Wi-Fi, and the addition of lie-flat crew rest areas.
“This multi-million-dollar fleet revamp will allow us to offer our customers more choice, comfort and amenities when flying longer distances internationally,” said Tully last month.
“Our existing 787 business class offering is extremely popular, so we’re doubling the number of business class seats, and to keep customers connected in the air, we’re introducing on-board Wi-Fi.
“The new crew rest areas mean our crew will be able to get the rest they need to operate longer flights, unlocking the possibility of exciting new destinations like Sri Lanka and India.”