New plane for Bundaberg
AIR services between Bundaberg and Brisbane are set for a major upgrade after QantasLink took delivery of its 20th 74-seat Bombardier aircraft.
QantasLink executive manager Narendra Kumar said the new aircraft would let the airline offer expanded services to Bundaberg, Emerald and Gladstone.
Mr Kumar said there would be two more Q400 Bundaberg-Brisbane return services each week.
Another two flights would be upgraded from 50-seat Q300 aircraft to Q400 aircraft, resulting in an increase of 392 seats on the route each week.
“The Q400 is the flagship of our QantasLink fleet and we are very proud to base 10 Q400 aircraft in Queensland to give more of our customers access to this state-of-the-art regional aircraft and a premium flying experience,” Mr Kumar said.
“Qantas was born and bred in outback Queensland and we have remained committed to providing air services to these communities.
“QantasLink operates to 22 destinations across the state, and it is very fitting, that, in our 90th birthday year, we are able to make this announcement about investing further in the future of regional Queensland.”
Mr Kumar said QantasLink had invested more than $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006.
These aircraft would operate alongside the airline’s fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft, now providing about 1900 flights each week to 54 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia.