Direct flights on the Melbourne to Phuket route will start from 14 December 2013 operating every Saturday and Sunday with a third weekly service to be introduced from March 2014*.
Jetstar Group Chief Commercial Officer David Koczkar said the launch of its newest long haul route delivered the first direct low fares flights for customers between the two destinations.
“We see a lot of customers booking flights to Phuket via Sydney or Singapore so we’ve decided to add a non-stop flight for Victorians,” Mr Koczkar said.
Mr Koczkar said the delivery of Jetstar’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner later this month was also exciting news for travellers throughout the region.
“We pioneered low fares long haul travel when we launched our first flights into Asia seven years ago,” Mr Koczkar said.
“As we progressively transition our A330s to the more fuel efficient Boeing 787s, customers will continue to benefit from our low fares well into the future.”
Jetstar has 14 B787s on order, with three aircraft due to be delivered by the end of 2013. The aircraft features a carbon-composite fuselage which helps to reduce fuel burn by up to 20 per cent.
As preparations ramp up for the Boeing 787’s entry into service, Jetstar is looking at a range of destinations to deploy capacity on and further international announcements will follow.
* Subject to government and regulatory approval.
To celebrate Jetstar will be offering sale fares on the Melbourne-Phuket route. To book visit jetstar.com