Jetstar, Sydney to Bali on the 787-8 Dreamliner, Economy Class.

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 ready for departure to Bali
Jetstar Boeing 787-8 ready for departure to BaliI

“Pop the butter on top of your meal, it will soften it”

After all my years of flying,  I’d never heard something so simply ingenious when it comes to that hard frozen butter sometimes served on board a flight.

I was heading on a last minute trip to Bali, partly birthday celebration, partly Christmas shopping trip but mostly just to get away for a few days.

I’d booked Jetstar. It was one of four airlines flying the direct route between Sydney and Denpasar (Bali) on the day I wanted to travel. Jetstar, Garuda, Qantas and Virgin were all operating flights with the latter two operating Boeing 737 single aisle, narrow bodied jets. Garuda and Jetstar operated the only wide body service, which I much prefer.

Boarding the Jetstar 787-8 Dreamliner
Boarding the Jetstar 787-8 Dreamliner

I’d flown on one of Jetstar’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners when they first arrived in Australia some 14 months ago, albeit in Business Class at that time, I am still impressed with the modernity of this aircraft. The 3-3-3 configuration in Economy Class, didn’t feel cramped and even less so as I was seated in the last row which is a 2-3-2 configuration.

Pushback from Sydney, note the wing flex
Pushback from Sydney, note the raked wingtip

I love the neat clean lines of the raked wingtip which acts the same way as a winglet wingtip by reducing drag.

Now note the wing flex on board the 787-8 Dreamliner
Now note the wing flex on board the 787-8 Dreamliner

Inflight, the wing flex and the raked wingtip becomes even more apparent through the larger dimmable windows of the 787. Another bonus of flying the Dreamliner.

Large windows on board the 787-8 dreamliner
Large windows on board the 787-8 Dreamliner

The digital window tinting is pretty cool. The picture above will give you an idea of how it works although at its darkest it doesn’t really lock out all the light.

Inflight seat back entertainment on the 787 Dreamliner
Inflight seat back entertainment on the 787 Dreamliner

The entertainment is a pay by use system, although there is not as many films or programs as some airlines, the content is quite decent. On this particular flight I giggled away to Minions.

Dinner as served on board JQ37 to Bali
Dinner as served on board JQ37 to Bali
Warming up the butter
Warming up the butter

Around an hour after take off I was served my meal which was the ‘Beef’. This is where my seat neighbours comment about warming the butter up came in, what a grand idea! The butter was nice and soft and spread easily on the cold dinner roll.

The 'Beef' dish for dinner
The ‘Beef’ dish for dinner

The meal itself was surprisingly good! While the mash was a little on the dryer side, the beef was tender and moist. I’ve found this before when flying low cost carriers where you pre-purchase a meal, is it because I have paid for it therefore I think it tastes better? Or is it because they cant get away with serving something horrid thats it’s been paid for?

Egg and lettuce sandwich on board Jetstar to Bali
Egg and lettuce sandwich on board Jetstar to Bali

About an hour before arrival in Bali, I was getting a little peckish so purchased an egg and lettuce sandwich. It was ok, although the soggy lettuce made didn’t have me devour it. Hhhmm, there goes my paid for it theory…..

Preparing for landng in Bali
Preparing for landing in Bali

The flight was pretty short for a usual Sydney to Asia sector, only 5 and a bit hours and it wasnt long before the passengers started readying themselves for their holiday and the crew started preparing the aircraft for landing. I was most amazed that the crew did this flight then turned around and headed back to Sydney.

Jetstar 787-8 at Denpasar (Bali) airport
Jetstar 787-8 at Denpasar (Bali) airport

I enjoyed the flight to Denpasar (Bali). While it wasn’t 5 star, it was on one of the worlds great aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and Jetstar did a good job of making sure everyone had a great start to their holiday in Bali. Would I fly them again? Absolutely!

FreakyFlier paid for his ticket on Jetstar.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Moritz says:

    Does look truly decent. Sometimes a low-cost experience can be a good one, especially in modern planes!

  2. Hehe I do that with butter all the time! Or you can just stick the pat in the packaging underneath the hot meal and it melts it pretty quickly! 😀

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