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Bali Welcomes Jetstar Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Jetstar Trials Boeing 787 Flight from Melbourne to Bali, Preparing Gradual Changeover to Dreamliners on Airline’s Long-Haul flights.

(12/20/2013) 

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Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport welcomed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, when a Jetstar flight from Sydney to Bali touched down in Denpasar.

224 passengers were on board the inaugural service using the state-of-the-art Dreamliner scheduled to be used on a full-time basis by Jetstar between the two destinations starting in January.

Jetstar JQ 035/036 landed at 5:50 pm departing on the return leg to Melbourne at 6:58 pm carrying 127 passengers.

The flight heralds a changeover underway by Jetstar to gradually replace its existing fleet of Airbus A330s with Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Plans will see four Boeing 787s in operation by April on its way to operating 14 Dreamliners by the end of 2015.

The arrival of the Jetstar flight also provided an opportunity for ground handlers at Bali’s airport to put into practice training underway for nearly a year preparing to meet the special technical and ramp handling requirements to serve a Dreamliner.