Strategic Airlines touched down in Gladstone this week and passengers gave the first days service a big thumbs up.
And to further enhance their arrival into Gladstone, Strategic Airlines hosted an "open afternoon" on Tuesday 19 April. The gates at Gladstone Airport and the doors of Airbus A320 VH-YQA were thrown open, and Strategic believe that about 400 people came along to make the afternoon a great success.
People got dressed up, a local radio station broadcasted live, and prizes were given out.
Meanwhile, as Strategic celebrated, Qantas went on the front foot, announcing an extra eight flights a week between Gladstone and Brisbane.