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.