Jetstar to launch Brisbane-Honolulu flights

Jetstar to launch Brisbane-Honolulu flights

Jetstar is set to commence direct flights between Brisbane to Honolulu later this year, and just in time for the Christmas holiday season.

Using twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft with business class and economy cabins, the budget airline will take on Hawaiian Airlines – currently enjoying a monopoly on flights between Hawaii and the Sunshine State.

On Tuesdays and Fridays from December 15, JQ5 will depart Brisbane at 4:25pm, touching down in Honolulu at 6am on the same calendar day.

For the return journey, JQ6 is wheels up in Hawaii at 8:45am on Mondays and Thursdays, landing home in Brisbane at 2:30pm the following day.

A third weekly service will also be added during the peak period, departing on Sundays from both cities.

Although operated by the A330 at first, these Honolulu flights will eventually see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – although a specific date hasn't yet been declared.

First launching flights between Sydney and Hawaii in 2006, the Jetstar further expanded to include non-stop Honolulu flights from Melbourne last year.

“Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations on our network and we’re delighted to be giving more Aussies the chance to experience this part of the world", said Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall.

Competitor Hawaiian Airlines recently gave its Brisbane to Honolulu flights a boost with a fourth flight each week, with its older Boeing 767 aircraft departing Queensland on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Later this month, Jetstar commences direct flights to Denpasar (Bali) on its new Boeing 787, marking Jetstar’s first non-stop international service from Brisbane.

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • Peter Loh


    2 Apr, 2014 12:45 pm

    Good news for this Brisbanian, but what are the flight timings? How does this compare to Hawaiian's offering?

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  • Chris Chamberlin


    2 Apr, 2014 12:51 pm

    Hi Peter, no word on flight timings yet – I got this article up before even Jetstar had made an announcement, so once the details are known then the article will be updated.

    Flights aren't yet in the booking system, otherwise my search of that would have revealed the timings in any case.

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  • Chris Chamberlin


    2 Apr, 2014 01:22 pm

    Hi again Peter – just a comment to let you know that the article has been updated with flight numbers and timings.

    Flights are now in the booking system, but if you're booking for February, wait until 5pm... ;)

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  • Mackenzie Davis


    2 Apr, 2014 02:12 pm

    It departs 2 hours before the Hawiian Airlines and lands about 1 hour earlier too

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  • Darren


    2 Apr, 2014 01:03 pm

    I would have thought it better for Jetstar to schedule services on the days that Hawaiian did not fly? ie. SAT/MON or THU

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  • henrus


    2 Apr, 2014 05:08 pm

    We have booked flight with Qantas to SYD using point then Jetstar over to Honolulu on the 18/12/14

    Do you think we could get this changed?

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  • eminere


    2 Apr, 2014 08:19 pm

    Still no decent hard product on the Australia-Hawaii route.

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  • Robert Eden


    3 Apr, 2014 05:34 am

    Qantas should when complete get their newly configered A330 and run it SYD or BNE/HNL/SFO RT.Would make far more money than operating these aircraft on most all Asia routes.

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  • DB


    3 Apr, 2014 01:40 pm

    Yeh how about a direct flight to SFO on a new 787? Come on Qantas and Jetstar?!

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