First QantasLink Flight Touches Down in Port Lincoln

Adelaide, 15 February 2010

QantasLink today welcomed its first flight between Adelaide and Port Lincoln, marking the regional airline's expansion into South Australia.

QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said he was excited to offer the people of Port Lincoln a premium regional airline product from today, with the airline operating its jet-like 74-seat Q400 aircraft between the state capital and Port Lincoln.

"We are offering the people of Port Lincoln our premium product, which will not only result in reduced flying time between Port Lincoln and Adelaide compared to other aircraft operated on the route, but will offer 3,400 seats each week between the two markets," he said.

Mr Kumar added that QantasLink had also established a crew base in Adelaide.

"Nine new cabin crew will be based in Adelaide. We are delighted that we have been able to attract local people to operate our new South Australian service, and there is scope to build the base in the future and employ even more South Australians," he said.

Mr Kumar thanked the people of Port Lincoln for their support of the new service.

"We look forward to QantasLink becoming an integral part of the local community, and to working with the local authorities to provide a premium air service to the Eyre Peninsula," he said.

The QantasLink Adelaide-Port Lincoln schedule is as follows:

* four return services on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
* three return services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and
* two return services on Saturdays and Sundays.

Mr Kumar also said customers travelling on the new service would enjoy seamless transfers across Qantas' 163 domestic and international destinations, the ability to earn Frequent Flyer points and enjoy Qantas Club Lounge access for members.

QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006. The airline has recently taken delivery of its 21st Q400 aircraft, which will operate alongside its fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft, currently providing around 1,800 flights each week to 53 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia.

The addition of the Port Lincoln service will expand QantasLink, the country's largest regional airline, to 54 destinations across all Australian states and territories.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (4015)