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Japan Airlines to operate 787 to Sydney

written by WOFA | May 1, 2013

Japan Airlines will become the first international carrier to fly the 787 to Sydney. (Rob Finlayson)

Japan Airlines has announced it will become the first international carrier to introduce the 787 to Sydney when it begins services from Tokyo with the new aircraft on December 1. The 787s will replace larger capacity 777s on the daily JL771/772 service in a move that will likely put it head-to-head with Jetstar’s 787s.

While Jetstar is yet to confirm when its 787s – originally scheduled for delivery in August – will begin operations, the new twinjet will gradually replace A330s on services to Japan, Singapore and Hawaii.

Qatar Airways, which had set a first quarter start-up date for 787 services to Perth, is still likely to be the first airline to operate the type to Australia, though it, too, is yet to confirm a schedule. It is believed the airline will introduce the 787 on the Doha-London route in mid-May.

China Southern is also expected to fly the aircraft to Australia once the type is certified by Chinese regulatory authorities, which is expected in late May.

Sydney Airport has welcomed the 787 service, saying the aircraft’s improved economics will help open up more services between Sydney and important markets in Asia.

“The great news for travellers is that the economics of aircraft like the Boeing 787 will enhance Sydney’s connectivity by opening up new non-stop routes, particularly in our target markets in south-east Asia, India and China,” Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said.

“A number of our major carriers have the 787 on order and we are expecting significant numbers of Dreamliners to operate here over the next 12-18 months,” she added.



  • Dane


    It will be interesting to see if there is an increase in the number people flocking to JAL to try the 787 experience.

  • Peter


    Is this a good thing or a bad thing because JAL will actually be decreasing it’s PAX capacity by nearly a quarter when they upgrade from a 777-200ER to a 787-8, unless they’re willing to wait until they get the 787-9 in 2015 then increase it then or even place a 777-300ER on the route if the PAX capacity demands it…..only time will tell I guess.

  • Dee


    They may scrap the Y+ section of the 787, and make it a 2 class unit; even though the premium has only recently been introduced.

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