Jetstar to reveal new Boeing 787 routes next week?

Jetstar to reveal new Boeing 787 routes next week?

Jetstar hopes to reveal its next set of Boeing 787 routes next week, planned around the early 2014 debut of two more Dreamliners in the low-cost carrier's fleet.

The airline's first Boeing 787 is currently shuttling between its Melbourne base and the Gold Coast and Cairns as Jetstar completes a series of domestic flights to bed down the next-gen jet before it begins international service on the Melbourne-Bali route from Wednesday December 18.

However, the Dreamliner will be making its daily visits to Denpasar only "over the summer period", Jetstar says, so other routes are on the cards.

Earlier this year Jetstar CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said "we expect to add more destinations, including Phuket, Japan, Hawaii and Singapore, to the 787's flying schedule as we receive more aircraft."

Jetstar expects to take delivery of its second 787 later this month with the third arriving in January.

As Jetstar has spoken of "new routes" for the new year, some flyers are pinning their hopes on a service to Hong Kong, pending the launch of Jetstar Hong Kong.

A joint venture between Qantas, Shanghai-based China Eastern and Hong Kong business magnate and billionaire Stanley Ho, through his conglomerate Shun Tak Holdings, Jetstar Hong Kong represents perhaps its parent's most ambitious expansion to date.

Qantas originally hoped for a mid-2013 launch for Jetstar Hong Kong but has faced delays in gaining regulatory approval, along with staunch opposition from HK incumbents Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express. This could make a HK service too tentative until the startup airline has locked down a definite launch date.

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


  • Alvin Tse


    6 Dec, 2013 12:24 pm

    Finally! Boeing 787 service from Australia to Hong Kong! (not to mention I'll probably ride it the first time when I turn 20)

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  • David Flynn


    6 Dec, 2013 03:06 pm

    It's mere speculation from some quarters, Alvin, don't get your hopes up!

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  • Alvin Tse


    6 Dec, 2013 03:08 pm

    Ah. >.< I see.

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  • watson374


    6 Dec, 2013 02:22 pm

    Um, it's not currently BNE and CNS, it's OOL and CNS?

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  • BGK AUS and JP

    BGK AUS and JP

    6 Dec, 2013 02:55 pm

    Aren't they flying to OOL and CNS now to fly to Tokyo or Osaka from those?  

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  • P.B.


    6 Dec, 2013 05:28 pm

    On any other day I'd be indifferent to JQ articles like this, but juxtaposed alongside today's tumultuous QF news, I can't help be but infuriated that QF is being left for dead while JQ nabs its resources.

    People ask me why QF are stuck in the rut they are in today. And while JQ receiving the 787 is hardly the sole reason for QF's demise, it certainly demonstrates the contempt the QF Group has for the legacy carrier, among many many others!

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    6 Dec, 2013 08:03 pm

    Yep, the HKG JQ operation is yet another stuff up at Qf Group. Reported elsewhere they have idle aircraft, Mental. Surely Bad management.

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  • ezihose


    10 Dec, 2013 05:03 pm

    Alan strikes again! Get rid of the 767's on Qantas and hand over the 787's from Jetstar. I am sure the $99.00 fares will love flying on a 30 year old 767 but those of us who now go Virgin A330-200 to Sydney or 777-200's to Singapore wont swap back to Qantas until they fix their mess! 

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