Qants Announces New Q400 Flying Schedule for Queensland

Brisbane, 06 August 2008

antasLink today announced the introduction of new 72-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft across its Queensland network.

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.

"Their arrival will allow us to introduce a number of schedule improvements over the next two months.

"Five previously suspended Brisbane-Gladstone weekday return services will be re-instated, including the peak business 5:30pm service from Brisbane. Thirty-eight weekly return services on this route will now be operated by Q400 aircraft.

"Ten previously suspended Brisbane-Rockhampton return services will also be re-instated, including the service which departs Brisbane at 6:45am. Forty weekly return services on this route will now be operated by Q400 aircraft."

Mr Kumar said the addition of the new aircraft would see QantasLink upgrade high demand services and increase capacity from 50-seat Dash-8 Q300s to 72-seat Q400s on the following routes:
* three weekly Brisbane-Emerald return services;
* three weekly Brisbane-Bundaberg return services;
* five weekly Mackay-Townsville return services;
* five weekly Rockhampton-Mackay return services; and
* five weekly Townsville-Cairns return services.

He also said the arrival of the new Q400s would also allow the airline to upgrade a number of other services;
* three weekly Brisbane-Hervey Bay return services will be operated by 50-seat Dash-8 Q300 aircraft; and
* an additional three weekly 50-seat Dash-8 Q300 return services will be added to the Brisbane-Roma schedule.

QantasLink makes a significant contribution to regional economies and currently services 50 regional towns and cities across Australia, including 19 in Queensland.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (3798)