Category Archives: QANTAS Link

QANTAS Link resumes flights between Cairns and Port Moresby

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOD (msn 4123) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 946143.

QANTAS Group has made this announcement:

QantasLink is again making it easier for customers to travel between Cairns and Port Moresby with the return of daily flights between the two cities on March 31.

Photo: Nick D.

QantasLink has resumed the service after a resurgence in customer demand, offering around 1,000 seats per week on its 74-seat Q400 aircraft. The service, which QantasLink had operated until 2016, complements Qantas’ existing daily services between Brisbane and Port Moresby.

Flights will depart Cairns at 9:55am arriving in Port Moresby at 11:55am each day. The return flight will depart Port Moresby at 12:30pm, landing back in Cairns at 2:20pm.

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QANTAS Link unveils its upgraded cabin

QantasLink’s first upgraded turboprop aircraft on June 26 took to the skies with a refreshed cabin and greater comfort for the airline’s regional customers.

The upgraded Q300 turboprop was unveiled this morning at QantasLink’s hangar facility at Tamworth Airport, the airline’s hub for regional aircraft maintenance. The program to upgrade the fleet of 45 Bombardier Q200, Q300 and Q400 aircraft is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Passengers onboard flight QF2003 from Tamworth to Sydney will be the first QantasLink customers to fly on the upgraded turboprop.

The fleet upgrade is part of a multi-million dollar commitment to providing regional passengers with a better overall travel experience.

The improved turboprop experience includes new ergonomic seat cushioning, leather upholstery, tablet device holders, a refreshed color palette of greys and charcoals and new floor coverings.

Each turboprop aircraft takes around 10 days to upgrade, with up to 13 engineers and project support staff working on each aircraft. The work is timed to coincide with scheduled maintenance and closely aligns the turboprop interiors with those in the QantasLink jet fleet.

QantasLink CEO John Gissing said the airline was excited to unveil the airline’s first upgraded turboprop in Tamworth.

“Our turboprop aircraft are a significant part of our network and we’re committed to investing in product and service for regional Australia,” said Mr Gissing.

“We look forward to welcoming our regional travellers onboard our upgraded turboprop aircraft and offering them a better inflight experience.”

Photos: QANTAS.

QANTAS to extend the service contract for its 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft

QANTAS Link-Cobham Aviation Services Australia Boeing 717-231 VH-NXN (msn 55095) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 922314.

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., today announced an 8-year contract extension with QANTAS Airways to provide BR715 engine nacelle asset support and repair services for the airline’s fleet of 20 Boeing 717-200 aircraft. The long-term agreement is through Prime Solutions®, which is customized to the airline’s specific support requirements.

The 20 aircraft are operated by Cobham Aviation under the QANTAS Link banner.

QANTAS Airways has been a Prime Solutions customer since 2000, and this new agreement represents an expansion of the existing support program as the airline has nearly doubled its fleet of Boeing 717-200 aircraft to meet increasing passenger demand. With easy access to spares and rotables, and fully customized support, the airline has been able to extend the operational life of its Boeing 717-200 fleet.  Support will be provided on-site at the customer’s locations in Perth and Canberra, Australia, and the UTC Aerospace Systems Aerostructures Service Center in Singapore.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Link-Cobham Aviation Services Australia Boeing 717-231 VH-NXN (msn 55095) (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 922314.

Cobham aircraft slide show:

QANTAS Link turboprops to receive a cabin upgrade

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 922311.

QANTAS Link’s fleet of 45 turboprop aircraft will undergo a major cabin upgrade to improve the overall experience for customers travelling on the airline’s regional network.

The interiors of the airline’s Bombardier Q200, Q300 and Q400 aircraft will be refreshed with new ergonomic seat cushioning, leather upholstery, a refreshed colour palette and new floor coverings at QANTAS Link’s maintenance facilities, including at Tamworth Airport, the airline’s hub for regional aircraft maintenance.

The upgrade program will commence by June 2018 and is expected to be completed within 18 months, with each aircraft taking approximately three days to refresh. The work will be timed to coincide with scheduled maintenance and will closely align the turboprop interiors with the QANTAS Link jet fleet.

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the multi-million dollar investment would give regional travellers a better travel experience.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 922311.

QANTAS Airlink-Sunstate Airlines aircraft slide show:

QANTAS Link partners with universities for the next generation of pilots

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOR (msn 4241) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 934956.

QANTAS Airways has issued this statement:

QantasLink has announced a new pilot recruitment program designed to provide the best and brightest aviation students with a flying start to their career.

The “Qantas Future Pilot Program” has been designed in collaboration with five universities across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and is open to aviation students at UNSW, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University.

Students will have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced QantasLink pilots throughout their studies, and, if successful through the selection process, will transition to a job at QantasLink straight after graduation.

Based on current university intakes, the program will be open to a potential pool of 300 students each year.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer, John Gissing, said the Qantas Future Pilot Program is about building the next generation of exceptional pilots from within Australia’s top aviation schools and in return providing students with benefits and placement certainty.

“As the national carrier we have a history of attracting the best and brightest to fly for us. The students chosen for this program will have an enormous head start to their career as a pilot. They will benefit from a direct pathway to Australia’s largest regional airline and access to our experienced pilots throughout their studies,” Mr Gissing said.

“Together with these leading universities, this program will arm high-performing motivated students with the skills needed to transition into an airline and provide them with a platform from which to launch their career as a pilot within the Qantas Group.”

The Qantas Future Pilot Program will see successful students invited to complete an intensive twelve-week Airline Transition Course at the completion of their degree. Once employed, graduates will complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink’s experienced training team and become qualified as First Officers flying the airline’s 74-seat Q400s and 50-seat Q300s. Pilots will later be well-positioned to extend their career with pilot opportunities within the broader Qantas Group of airlines.

The program follows the airline’s recent launch of its Nancy-Bird Walton Initiative, which will see the Qantas Group commit to a 20 per cent intake of women in its 2018 pilot recruitment programs, with the vision for that number to double over the next decade.  By targeting STEM at schools, universities and flying schools the airline will support more girls and women on a path to a career as a pilot within the Qantas Group.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program will launch in January 2018, open to all future and current aviation students at all stages of their degree. Applications are now open and students can visit qantas.com/careers (opens in new window) or their University’s faculty website for more information.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program will complement existing recruitment streams, including as a Direct Entry First Officer, or as a Trainee First Officer.

QantasLink has recruited over 100 pilots in the last twelve months. Qantas has recruited around 200 pilots in the last twelve months, with a forecast for that total to reach 300 pilots by mid-2018.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOR (msn 4241) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 934956.

Alliance Airlines to operate its Fokker 100s for QANTAS Link, especially between Mount Isa and Brisbane

Alliance Airlines (Australia) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-FKF (msn 11365) BNE (Peter Gates). Image: 906805.

QANTAS Airways has announced Alliance Airlines will take over some of the flights from Mount Isa staring on December 4, 2017 until about March 2018 due to operational performance issues according to The North West Star. Alliance will operate the flights under the QANTAS Link banner but the aircraft are not expected to be repainted.

Read the full report.

Copyright Photo: Alliance Airlines (Australia) Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 (Fokker 100) VH-FKF (msn 11365) BNE (Peter Gates). Image: 906805.

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Eastern Australia Airlines to operate Jetstar Airways-branded Bombardier Q300s in New Zealand

Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has announced plans to start flying to regional destinations in New Zealand starting in December*.

Jetstar logo (large)

The new services will be operated by a fleet of five 50-seat Bombardier DHC-8-300 (Q300) Dash 8 turboprop aircraft and are expected to create at least 100 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew, and ground crew.

The services are expected to operate to at least four regional destinations initially, with some of those under consideration being Hamilton, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier and Palmerston North in the North Island and Nelson and Invercargill in the South Island. These will connect with one or more of Jetstar’s current domestic destinations.

Regional fares will go on sale in September with first flights taking off in early December, in time for the busy summer and holiday season.

QANTAS logo (large)

Jetstar Airways, which is fully owned by QANTAS Airways, launched Trans-Tasman flights in 2005 and established domestic operations in New Zealand in June 2009. The low cost carrier’s fleet of nine Airbus A320 aircraft operate up to up to 240 domestic and 100 international flights a week.

Jetstar has crew bases in Auckland and Christchurch and provides employment for over 400 pilots, cabin crew, engineers and ground crew around the country.

QANTAS Link logo

The Jetstar-branded regional services, which will be marketed and managed by Jetstar, will be operated by QANTAS Link. Under this arrangement, QANTAS-owned Eastern Australia Airlines (Sydney), which has operated Q200 and Q300 aircraft in Australia for QANTAS Link for over 15 years, will manage the aircraft operations.

Eastern Australia logo

* Services are subject to regulatory approval.

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Eastern Australia Airlines operates both the pictured Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-200 Dash 8 and the DHC-8-300 (Q300) aircraft types on regional routes in Australia under the QANTAS Link brand. DHC-8-201 VH-TQG (msn 430) waits for the next flight at the gate at Hobart, Tasmania.

Jetstar Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Video: QANTAS Link operations.

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