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QANTASLINK ACCEPTS AWARD FOR WORLD’S BEST REGIONAL AIRLINE

Sydney, 14 February 2012

SINGAPORE, 14 FEBRUARY 2012: QantasLink has formally accepted its award as ‘Regional Airline of the Year 2012’ at an international ceremony in Singapore hosted by leading industry journal Air Transport World.

In accepting the award, which placed QantasLink ahead of all regional carriers globally, QantasLink’s Executive Manager Narendra Kumar credited the award win to his QantasLink team.

“The prestigious award recognises the efforts of QantasLink’s team of service professionals who are dedicated to connecting regional communities to the rest of Australia and the world,” Mr Kumar said.

“From humble beginnings, QantasLink has grown to become Australia’s largest regional carrier and we continue to expand our fleet and network to support our diverse range of customers.

“QantasLink is proud to represent Australia and is looking forward to celebrating its award win with our employees and customers throughout 2012,” he said.

Background QantasLink
As the country's largest regional airline, QantasLink is embedded in regional Australia. QantasLink has network of 56 metropolitan and country destinations across all states and territories and to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

QantasLink has invested significantly in the aircraft it operates with its current fleet of 57 aircraft to grow to 62 over the next 12 months. The airline's fleet currently includes five Bombardier Q200, 16 Q300, 25 Q400 and 11 Boeing 717 aircraft.

QantasLink is also overseeing the operation of the Qantas Group’s Western Australian resources charter airline Network Aviation. Its fleet of nine aircraft is set to grow further, with the addition of 10 Fokker F100s during 2012.

Air Transport World
Air Transport World (www.ATWOnline.com) is the leading monthly magazine serving the airline and commercial aircraft manufacturing and support industries. It launched its awards program in 1974. ATW is published by Penton Media.

As a leading, independent, business-to-business media company, Penton knows business and how to create and disseminate the vital content that moves markets. Penton is where professionals turn to gain the critical insight, expert analysis, and relevant connections needed to compete and succeed. Headquartered in New York City, the privately held company is owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP, and its co-investors. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (5366)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au