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.
Above Photo: QANTAS.
In other news, QantasLink’s inaugural direct flight from Bendigo to Sydney took off on April 1,
marking the first commercial flight from the regional Victorian city in more than 30
The new direct flights to Sydney operate six days per week, saving hours of travel time for business and leisure travellers who would have previously travelled via Melbourne.
QantasLink will operate its 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft on the route, offering more than 30,000 seats each year. Flights will operate six times each week before increasing to daily over the peak summer season.
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.
QANTAS Link (Sunstate Airlines) (Brisbane) has announced it will start nonstop flights between Brisbane and Hamilton Island with four weekly roundtrips with 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. The new route will launch on November 28 at the start of the summer season.
The QANTAS Group offers 40 roundtrip services a week to Hamilton Island from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns.
Copyright Photo: Peter Gates/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunstate Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQF (msn 4375) prepares to depart from Brisbane.
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Google Map: Hamilton Island is located off the tropical Queensland coast near the Great Barrier Reef.
Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, the country’s newest airport, and QANTAS Link have announced they have signed a deal to start passenger flights to the airport when it opens later this year.
The landmark deal will secure 11 return flights a week to and from Sydney from November 17 and provide a Toowoomba centric schedule of double daily services Monday to Friday and daily services on the weekend.
BWWA is Australia’s first privately-funded public airport and the first public airport to be built in 50 years. The 300 ha airport, featuring a 2.87 km runway capable of landing a Boeing 747 aircraft, is the anchor tenant of the 800 ha Wellcamp Business Park.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOH (msn 4132) in the special NBCF livery approaches the runway at Sydney.
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The QANTAS Group (QANTAS Airways) (Sydney) has announced an update to its fleet plan to capitalize on growth in Australian domestic markets.
QANTAS will lease an additional five Boeing 717 aircraft (above) and purchase three Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft (below), due to start arriving from the second half of 2013.
The company has also made a change to its international fleet plan, with the cancellation of a single Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on order for Jetstar Airways.
The remaining 14 Boeing 787-8s will be delivered to Jetstar as planned, with the first aircraft to arrive in mid-2013. This will enable the gradual transfer of Airbus A330 aircraft from Jetstar to QANTAS Domestic and the retirement of QANTAS’ Boeing 767 fleet.
Mr Joyce said the cancellation of one B787 took advantage of flexibility in its fleet plan and contract with Boeing.
“The original 787 order for Jetstar was designed to replace all 11 of its existing A330s that are used for long haul services plus provide another four lines of flying for future growth.
“While the plan is for Jetstar’s long haul network to keep expanding we are using the flexibility in our agreement with Boeing to cancel a firm order knowing that we can replace it with one of our 50 options for this aircraft down the track, and with a full view of what market conditions are like at the time,” added Mr Joyce.
Jetstar’s short haul growth plans continue to be supported by the QANTAS Group’s existing order of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Mr Joyce said the QANTAS Group remained firmly committed to the Dreamliners for both Qantas International and Jetstar, and that it retained options and purchase rights for 50 Boeing 787s of either -8 or -9 variants available for delivery from 2016.
In an important milestone for the Jetstar Boeing 787 program, production of its first aircraft has just begun. With delivery of the aircraft not due until mid-2013, the airline is confident current technical issues will be resolved by Boeing.
The decision to amend the 787 order was reached at the end of 2012 and the agreement with Boeing has now been finalized.
The fleet changes announced will have no material impact on the Group’s planned capital expenditure, which remains unchanged at $1.8 billion for FY13 and $1.9 billion for FY14.
Top Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Boeing 717-231 VH-NXN (msn 55095) of Cobham Aviation Services Australia operating as a QANTAS Link carrier poses for the camera at Brisbane.
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Bottom Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOC (msn 4117) of Sunstate Airlines approaches the Sydney hub.
Sunstate Airlines’ (QANTAS Link) (Brisbane) 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOW (msn 4285) aircraft showcasing the images of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo animals was introduced yesterday (November 1) in Sydney to help promote regional tourism. The airliner is decorated with images of giraffes and rhinoceros.
The Bombardier Q400 aircraft in its wildlife livery was launched at a special debut event at the QANTAS Jet Base at Sydney Mascot that included a visit by Taronga’s wildlife outreach ZooMobile and the animals that help Zoo educators teach communities about the needs of wildlife.
The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo, NSW. Formerly known as the Western Plains Zoo, it opened to the public on February 28, 1977, to provide more living and breeding space for large animals which needed more space than was available at the restricted Sydney site. The zoo is run by the Taronga Conservation Society (formerly Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales), along with the Taronga Zoo.
QANTAS Link operates 50 roundtrip flights each week between Sydney and Dubbo, providing easy access to Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s famous Zoofari Lodge wildlife Safari experience, along with access to the Orana region’s many attractions.
QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has placed a firm order for seven additional Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop airliners. The aircraft will be operated by QANTAS’ regional carriers operating under the QANTAS Link banner.
This order will increase to 28 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by Sunstate Airlines (QANTAS Link). The group also operates two Bombardier DHC 8-200, three DHC-8-200 (Q200) and 16 DHC-8-300 (Q300) aircraft.
Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Sunstate’ special DHC-8-402 VH-QOH (msn 4132) arrives at Sydney.