QantasLink Announces New Q400 Schedule for NSW

Sydney, 06 August 2008

QantasLink today announced the introduction of new 72-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft on its Albury, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Tamworth routes commencing from 25 August 2008.

Qantas Group General Manager Regional Airlines, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the airline would take delivery of three new Q400s over the next two months, increasing its Q400 fleet to 12 aircraft.

"These new Q400s are the first of 12 additional aircraft purchased by QantasLink at a cost of $400 million," Mr Kumar said.

"The Q400s continue to transform regional air services in Australia, offering passengers jet-like speed and improved passenger comfort.

"The delivery of these latest aircraft, and nine more to follow, are central to our growth strategy in regional ports."

Mr Kumar said the addition of the new aircraft would see QantasLink increase capacity, with the upgrade of some high demand services from 50-seat Dash-8 Q300s to the Q400 aircraft on the following routes by end-September:
* two daily Sydney-Port Macquarie return services;
* two daily Sydney-Coffs Harbour return services;
* two daily Sydney-Albury return services; and
* two daily Sydney-Tamworth return services.

He said the arrival of the new Q400s would also allow the airline to upgrade a number of other services, with 50-seat Dash-8 Q300 aircraft to replace 36-seat Dash-8 Q100s on the following routes:
* all Sydney-Armidale services;
* all Melbourne-Mildura services; and
* all Melbourne-Devonport services.

QantasLink makes a significant contribution to regional economies and currently services 50 regional towns and cities across Australia, including 12 in NSW.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3797)