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April 3, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Jetstar will begin direct flights between Brisbane and Honolulu from 15 December 2014, just in time for Christmas.

The Qantas low-cost arm says the flights will initially use Airbus A330-200s to serve the route, but it is likely to upgrade to B787 Dreamliners as these flow into its fleet. The new service, which is still subject to regulatory approval, will see two flights per week with a third added over peak periods.

The A330s will feature Jetstar’s business and economy class cabins with one-way sale fares starting at AUD 299 in economy and AUD 799 in business class. Coles-Training_250X250px

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive David Hall said Jetstar will offer more seats from Brisbane and Queensland than any other low-cost carrier.

“Jetstar has been offering long-haul low fares between Sydney and Hawaii since 2006 and last year we introduced nonstop services to Honolulu from Melbourne.

“Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations on our network and we’re delighted to be giving more Aussies the chance to experience this part of the world.

“This new service is part of Jetstar’s mission to deliver more choice for customers and allow them to travel to more places than ever before.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation welcomed the move, saying the service would add 1212 extra return seats on the sector per week.

The move comes just two days after Hawaiian Airlines added a fourth weekly return service between Brisbane and Honolulu.

It means that Jetstar will be competing with Qantas on the route – but Jetstar’s deployment is clearly aimed at Hawaiian.

Will Qantas stay on the route next year if Jetstar gets established, that’s the question. Hawaiian is known for its extremely generous baggage allowance – two checked bags weighing up to 31kg each, great for shopping in Honolulu. The US carrier also sells its own connections between the Hawaiian islands.

Written by : Peter Needham

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