Thursday, 14 August 2014

International Jetstar Boeing 787 Services from Cairns Begin!

Today at about 12:30pm, the first Jetstar Boeing 787-8 to operate the JQ25 service to Narita (RJAA) departed Cairns.

VH-VKE had the honours to operate the flight.

VKE had arrived in Cairns during the early morning from Melbourne Tullamarine (YMML) as JQ7996.

As of today, Jetstar's Boeing 787-8s will operate the Cairns - Narita route, taking over from the Airbus A330-200s.

The Cairns - Osaka route will be handed over to the 787s in September.

Due to other commitments, I was unable to photograph the inaugural departure, however, I did capture the 787 arriving early this morning:

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKE arriving from Melbourne early this morning

You can watch the video of the 787-8 landing below:

Or, you can watch it on YouTube HERE

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKE (Background) parked alongside two Jetstar Airbus A330-200s - VH-EBF (Middle tail) and VH-EBE (Foreground)

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKE  later in the morning

The last JQ25 service operated by an Airbus A330-200 was by VH-EBF which departed Cairns for Narita (RJAA) yesterday. It returned early this morning as JQ26.

Later in the morning, VH-EBF departed Cairns for Melbourne Tullamrine (YMML) as JQ16.

Jetstar Airbus A330-200 VH-EBF departing Cairns - file photo

VH-VKE will operate the return service to Cairns from Narita (RJAA) as JQ26. It is due to arrive early Friday morning.


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