QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:
- Qantas to activate a further five E190 jets
- Aircraft to be based in Adelaide, creating hundreds of jobs
- New routes, extra 1 million seats in and out of Adelaide
Adelaide will be the home of five Embraer E190 aircraft as Qantas continues to boost domestic flights in response to growing leisure and corporate travel demand.
The E190s are 94-seat jets with a five-hour range which are being deployed on Qantas’ network as part of a three-year deal with Alliance Airlines. The deal provides the national carrier with the capacity provided by up to 14 jet aircraft, depending on market conditions. This announcement brings the number of aircraft activated as part of the agreement to eight.
The aircraft will be painted in QantasLink livery and will help Qantas to grow its domestic capacity to 107 per cent of pre-COVID levels in FY22. Jetstar is expected to reach 120 per cent of its pre-COVID capacity as the only dedicated low cost carrier in Australia and the uptick in local leisure demand.
Note: The aircraft will be operated by Alliance Airlines.
The decision means Qantas will launch a new Adelaide-Gold Coast service in time for the winter school holidays.
From June 25, 2021, South Australians will be able to fly direct to the Gold Coast with Qantas, with four return services per week, increasing to daily during school holiday peaks. To celebrate the launch Qantas is offering special fares from $149 one-way*.
A number of additional routes from Adelaide will be announced in the coming weeks.
Qantas will also begin flying between Darwin and Canberra using E190 aircraft from June 21, 2021.
The two new routes bring the total number Qantas and Jetstar have announced since the start of the pandemic to 38, responding to the fact more Australians are holidaying domestically.
The five E190 aircraft can carry almost 1 million additional passengers to-and-from Adelaide each year.
The use of E190s will also free up Qantas’ Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be redeployed across the domestic network. All Qantas domestic crew have returned to flying.
Qantas is also today announcing a number of capacity increases for South Australia, including an additional daily return flight from Adelaide to Sydney and Melbourne.
The national carrier will also more than double services between Adelaide and Mt Gambier from five to 12 flights per week from July 1, 2021.
Route Map – June 2020:
Alliance Airlines aircraft photo gallery: