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Jetstar announces revamp of long-haul Dreamliner fleet

Jetstar will invest in a substantial upgrade of its existing Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with an overhaul of the economy and business class cabins, as well as new inflight connectivity and lie-flat crew rest areas to fly greater distances. 

All economy and business seats will be replaced with new designs. 

The seating in economy will feature seat back smartphone and tablet holders, a power outlet to keep devices charged and six-way headrests for head and neck support. There will be no change to the current seat pitch (i.e. leg room). 

In response to growing customer demand for more choice and extra comfort when flying long-haul, Jetstar will increase business seats to 44 from 21. The seats will have device holders, a power outlet, headrests and a generous recline. 

In terms of connectivity, Jetstar customers can look forward to onboard wi-fi for surfing the internet or streaming content from Jetstar’s entertainment collection. Customers will be able to access in-flight connectivity using their own devices.

Jetstar Group CEO, Stephanie Tully said the fleet upgrade will significantly enhance the medium to long-haul flying experience for customers.  

“This multi-million-dollar fleet revamp will allow us to offer our customers more choice, comfort and amenities when flying longer distances internationally. 

“The new crew rest areas mean our crew will be able to get the rest they need to operate longer flights, unlocking the possibility of exciting new destinations like Sri Lanka and India.” 

Jetstar’s 787s have so far operated more than 54,000 flights to international destinations such as Bali, Honolulu, Tokyo, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. 

No decisions have been made yet about new future routes. 

As part of the changes, the Dreamliners will also receive updated Jetstar livery to match the latest aircraft in the airline’s fleet.

The investment in each aircraft will progressively be completed during scheduled aircraft maintenance from late 2025. Detailed design work is currently underway, with more details to be provided in the coming months. 

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