Jetstar, (Fact 1) not the Indonesian authorities, made the decision to turn its 335-seat Boeing 787 aircraft around when an error was discovered that the airline had not applied for a change of aircraft type.
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Under the bilateral agreement, a change to a larger aircraft by Jetstar must be applied for, whereas a down-guage can occur without application.
Jetstar had scheduled a 230-seat A321neo on the route.
The larger 787 had just gone beyond Derby, on its Melbourne-Bali flight and was still in Australian airspace (Fact 2) when the error was discovered and the decision made to turn back (Fact 3).
A diversion to Darwin was not viable (Fact 4) as the crew would have been out of hours and would have had to rest for 12 hours before continuing to Bali.
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