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Jetstar gives Kiwis a chance to fly the Dreamliner

17 December 2013

Auckland (1 page)

Jetstar gives Kiwis a chance to fly the Dreamliner across the Tasman

• Boeing 787 flights offered trans-Tasman for one month from 26 February 2014

• A chance for New Zealand travellers to experience a revolutionary new aircraft

• Dreamliner fares on sale now from $149* Auckland to Melbourne

Thousands of New Zealanders will be able to fly to Australia on the revolutionary new Boeing 787 Dreamliner early next year when Jetstar schedules the aircraft on its trans-Tasman network for a limited time.

Jetstar today announced it will fly the Dreamliner on its Auckland-Melbourne route for one month from 26 February to 28 March 2014.

Seats are able to be booked from today from just $149* one-way Auckland to Melbourne, offering Kiwis a chance to experience the innovative long haul aircraft at short haul prices.

Jetstar took delivery of its first 787 in September this year and is receiving its second in December and third in early January 2014. The airline will have transitioned to an all 787 long haul fleet by 2015, with the Dreamliner eventually replacing all current Jetstar Airbus A330 services, including Auckland-Singapore.

Grant Kerr, Jetstar Head of New Zealand, said the 787 had attracted ‘rave reviews’ from those who had flown it.

“Jetstar is delighted with the positive feedback our new aircraft has received and we’re just as delighted to give Kiwis the chance to experience the Dreamliner for themselves on a flight to Australia.”

“While many New Zealanders may not be planning a long haul trip, this a great opportunity to try out the aircraft that everyone’s talking about, on a Tasman flight,” Mr Kerr said.

The Dreamliner will replace the Airbus A320 on Jetstar’s Auckland-Melbourne route on three days of the week for the one month period, adding additional capacity of over 3,700 seats.

Jetstar’s 787s carry 335 customers and feature a 21 passenger business class cabin and 314 in economy, with inflight entertainment in every seat. While full business class service will not be offered on the trans-Tasman schedule, the business cabin will be available to purchase as an extra leg room seat.

Key features of the Dreamliner include larger windows, technology to minimise turbulence, and improved cabin pressure and humidity to reduce jet lag.

The 787 uses 20 percent less fuel than similarly sized aircraft, offering better sustainability and helping Jetstar to keep its fares low. More details on the Jetstar Dreamliner are available at the Jetstar website.

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