Jetstar from Australia has concluded the calendar year with a rather embarrassing flight to nowhere.
Departing from Melbourne as JQ35. The scheduled flight operated by the 787 was expected to carry passengers to fly to the popular destination Bali.
A routine service for the Australian carrier that is part of the Qantas group. However, the aircraft never made it to Bali without a lack of trying.
The aircraft departed from Melbourne significantly late, which threw off schedules, to begin with. However, a delay doesnt mean that the aircraft in question should incur any difficulties.
As the Boeing 787 began to leave Australian shores, it turned around and headed back to Melbourne.
A flight to nowhere that saw passengers waste hours on an aircraft without getting to their destination. One of the record books.
Attached is a screenshot of the trip. Thanks to flight radar, highlighting the difficulties experienced and how far the aircraft travelled before it turned around.
Questions have arisen over how such a thing may be possible. Most technical issues resulting in the plane returning to its origin airport would have to occur relatively shortly after departure.
In this case, the plane flew back to Melbourne, despite just flying past Australian waters.
The aircraft never made it to Bali because Jetstar didn’t obtain the required approval or permission from authorities in Indonesia.
The explanation is thanks to the Australian airline swapping the aircraft from the routine A321 family to this Boeing 787. The 787 is a larger aircraft.
This was quite the flight and, no doubt, quite the experience for the passengers onboard. A journey that could’ve taken them to Los Angeles instead for their time spent.
Still, instead, they were right back to where they originated, Melbourne and not in Bali.