QantasLink Marks 29 Years in Bundaberg

Brisbane, 07 December 2010

QantasLink today marked 29 years of serving the Bundaberg region.

The Executive Manager of QantasLink, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the airline, and the Qantas Group, had been proudly associated with Bundaberg since 7 December 1981.

"We have maintained continuous, high quality air services to Bundaberg throughout this period, and have responded proactively to meet the needs of the community by adding capacity and upgrading aircraft size over the years, ensuring the region has had every opportunity to grow and prosper," Mr Kumar said.

"Today, we operate 56 return services each week between Bundaberg and Brisbane, and launched our new flagship 74-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft on the route in January 2008. The Q400 now operates nearly half of all services each week.

"Most recently, QantasLink added four new services, growing capacity by 13 per cent, or 392 seats, each week in April 2010, and we expect to be able to increase capacity further in 2011/12 as we take delivery of another seven Q400s.

"One way all inclusive fares as low as $69 have also regularly been available throughout the year."

The 29th anniversary milestone will be marked by QantasLink operating 24 additional services linking the city with Brisbane in January 2011. The flights will operate between 10 and 27 January and provide an additional 1,200 seats on the route.

"January is traditionally the quietest time of the year in terms of demand on many QantasLink routes, and we traditionally adjusted our schedules to reflect this," Mr Kumar said.

"In spite of this, and in consultation with Bundaberg Regional Council and other business and tourism partners, we are confident that local demand will make these services viable.

"They are a display of confidence in the Bundaberg region and a fitting acknowledgement of our commitment to local communities, businesses and industries."

As the country's largest regional airline, QantasLink is embedded in regional Australia. With a network of 53 metropolitan and country destinations across all states and territories, the airline also launched its 54th, and first international, destination - Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea - in July this year.

QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006. A further investment of $250 million has also been made in a further seven Q400s for delivery from February 2011. These aircraft operate alongside the airline's fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5054a)