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As Qantas winds down its Auckland-LA flights, its Jetstar subsidiary - soon to take delivery of new 787-Dreamliner aircraft - is not ruling out a new route.
Jetstar announced in November that a 787-Dreamliner fly its Singapore-Auckland route when the first deliveries are expected in mid-2013, an Airbus A330 currently services the route and the airline would not rule out the possibility of joining the Los Angeles-Auckland route.
“Jetstar’s fleet is fully committed however the arrival of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner next year will provide Jetstar with flexibility to investigate future network growth,” a Jetstar spokesman says.
The new 787s could result in more international routes being flown from New Zealand, Mr Lanham says.
“There could be much grander plans for what Jetstar do out of here to the Americas, simply because of the range. Their Aircraft don’t have the range from Australia to the Americas but the 787, theoretically, has the range from Auckland to fly to places like Dallas and New York,” he says.
No one has proved what the range of the 787 is yet but assuming they have the range it presents an opportunity for Jetstar, he says.
Boeing claims the 787 is 20% more fuel-efficient than its commercial competitors but industry experts told NBR earlier in the year that realistically is was probably only 12-15% fuel efficient.
Air New Zealand has orders for eight 787-9s, a longer-range version of the Dreamliner.