Wednesday, February 1, 2012
QantasLink Formally Announce Boeing B717-200 Jet Services to Start Flying to Central Queensland Airports and More Services to Mining Centres
On Tuesday 31 January, QantasLink formally announced a significant boost to services throughout Central Queensland.
As mentioned previously on the Blog, QantasLink will launch Boeing B717-200 services to Rockhampton and Gladstone from Thursday 15 March, and to Mackay from Monday 26 March. This will follow the planned addition two more B717-200 aircraft into the QantasLink fleet.
The introduction of QantasLink’s two new B717-200 aircraft in Queensland will deliver an increase of over 200,000 seats per year in Queensland. The 115-seat B717-200 services will offer passengers faster flight times and more seats at peak times by complementing existing Dash-8 aircraft that currently operate on these routes
The Boeing B717-200 is a twin-engine, single-aisle jet airliner, developed for the 100-seat market. Cobham Aviation Australia (formerly National Jet Systems Australia) operate a fleet of 11 Boeing B717-200s for QantasLink throughout the Northern and Western parts of Australia.
QantasLink also announced it will introduce new Dash-8-Q300 and -Q400 services across several other key Central Queensland destinations including an increase in the number of flights to Emerald from 76 to 84 flights per week, resulting in an additional 592 seats.
There has also been speculation that QantasLink has plans to launch to a new service to the Central Queensland mining town of Middlemount specifically for the mining market.
QantasLink was recently voted the world’s best regional airline by prestigious aviation journal Air Transport World.