Jetstar looks to new comfort levels with Dreamliners
BUDGET carrier Jetstar says a more luxurious offering is on the cards for long-haul passengers as the group moves a step closer to launching its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Qantas chief Alan Joyce and Jetstar Group chief Jayne Hrdlicka yesterday toured Boeing Aerostructures Australia’s manufacturing facility in Port Melbourne to see wing parts being developed.
The parts, called trailing edge components, are key to aerodynamics of the plane. They help increase lift capacity during take-off and landing, Qantas says.
Jetstar’s first 787 is due to arrive in Australia at the end of September with a further two aircraft joining the fleet by the end of the year.
“Melbourne is the home of Jetstar, and the 787 will be a very important part of our future, so there’s a great symmetry that parts of these aircraft are made locally,” Ms Hrdlicka said.
Qantas said the group was investing more than $100 million in training and equipment to support the Dreamliner launch.
Mr Joyce said between 60 and 100 Australian jobs would also be created.
The Dreamliners will be used on routes to destinations including Honolulu, Phuket and Tokyo.
Qantas says they will offer a quieter cabin, better air quality and larger windows.
Jetstar, which is locked in fierce battle for the domestic market with rival Virgin Australia, said the Dreamliners would give it an edge on its rivals in the international airspace.
“We are very much looking forward to the advantage this will give us,” Ms Hrdlicka said.
“The impact it will have on customers is very significant.”