Jetstar today announced that it will commence Melbourne – Singapore – Beijing services on 24th November 2011 using Airbus A330-200s. The announcement was made in Beijing with Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan and Jetstar Asia chief executive Chong Phit Lian both present.

The flight is a continuation of the existing JQ7/JQ8 service and will operate:

JQ7 Melbourne 1200 – 1650 Singapore 1835 –Beijing 0050+1

JQ8 Beijing 0250 – 0930 Singapore 2050 –Melbourne 0655+1

The return flight has a twelve hour layover in Singapore making for a 25 hour 5 minute journey southbound as opposed to 15 hours 50 minutes northbound. This would appear to be an extremely strange piece of scheduling although the aircraft may operate another service from Singapore in the interim or be swapped out.

Services are at present shown as being operated by Jetstar rather than Jetstar Asia.