Jetstar Airways, a subsidiary of Qantas, received its first Boeing
787 on Monday, the first Dreamliner that will enter service in Australia.
The delivery gives Jetstar the first of 14 Boeing 787s on order, which the airline plans on using to launch its first domestic service from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and Cairns. Qantas wants to use the 787s to replace its existing fleet of aging Boeing 767s by mid-2015, the group said in a statement.
"The 787 will set up Jetstar for another decade of growth," said Alan Joyce, CEO of the Qantas Group.“Jetstar revolutionized long haul low fares travel and today that continues with the introduction of the 787, an aircraft that burns 20 percent less fuel and gives passengers a more comfortable flying experience."
The airline plans on entering two additional 787s into service by early next year.