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QantasLink
QantasLink
is a regional brand of Australian airline Qantas
Qantas
and is an affiliate member of the Oneworld
Oneworld
airline alliance. It is a major competitor to Regional Express Airlines
Regional Express Airlines
and Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia
Regional Airlines. As of September 2010 QantasLink
QantasLink
provides 1,900 flights each week to 54 domestic locations.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Fleet

2.1 Expansion 2.2 Former fleet

3 Destinations 4 Accidents and Incidents 5 See also 6 Footnotes 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] Prior to 2002, Qantas' various subsidiaries operated under separate brands. In 2002 a common brand was created, encompassing AirLink (a franchise, operated at the time by National Jet), Sunstate Airlines, Eastern Australia Airlines, and Southern Australia Airlines. For a short while, QantasLink
QantasLink
took over some of Qantas' non-trunk routes, such as Sydney
Sydney
- Sunshine Coast, using Boeing 717s that were inherited after Qantas
Qantas
acquired Impulse Airlines. QantasLink
QantasLink
ceased operating some of these routes after Qantas
Qantas
formed low-cost subsidiary Jetstar
Jetstar
Airways, transferring the Boeing 717
Boeing 717
aircraft and routes to the new airline. In 2005/06, eight of the 717s were returned to QantasLink
QantasLink
following Jetstar's acquisition of Airbus A320
Airbus A320
aircraft, to be operated in Western Australia, Northern Territory and far north Queensland by National Jet (now Cobham Aviation
Cobham Aviation
Services Australia). In May 2014, QantasLink
QantasLink
717's took over most of Qantas
Qantas
737 operations in Hobart travelling to and from Melbourne
Melbourne
and Sydney. On 31 July 2015 Network Aviation
Network Aviation
was rebranded to QantasLink. This was announced by Qantas
Qantas
with the unveiling of a Fokker 100
Fokker 100
in QantasLink colours.[2] On 16 January, Network Aviation
Network Aviation
confirmed it would lease two Airbus A320's from Jetstar Airways
Jetstar Airways
for flights to and from Perth
Perth
as part of the QantasLink
QantasLink
brand. More A320's are expected from aircraft orders originally placed by the Qantas
Qantas
Group's Singapore subsidiary Jetstar Asia.[3] Fleet[edit] QantasLink
QantasLink
flights are operated by the individual airlines that make up the group - Eastern Australia Airlines, Network Aviation
Network Aviation
and Sunstate Airlines; and also contracted carrier Cobham Aviation. As of March 2017 the QantasLink
QantasLink
fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4]

Boeing 717-200 taking off from Perth
Perth
Airport

Bombardier Dash 8
Bombardier Dash 8
Q400 taking off from Sydney
Sydney
Airport

Fokker 100
Fokker 100
in the "silver roo" livery taxiing at Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga
Airport

Bombardier Q300 in new livery at Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga
Airport

QantasLink
QantasLink
fleet

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes

J Y

Total

Airbus A320-200 1 1 0 180 180 Ex- Jetstar
Jetstar
Airways. Operated by Network Aviation

Boeing 717-200 20 — 12 98 110[5] Operated by Cobham Aviation

0 125 125[6]

de Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 Dash 8 3 — 0 36 36[7] Operated by Eastern Australia Airlines

Bombardier Dash 8
Bombardier Dash 8
Q300 10 — 0 50 50[8] Operated by Eastern Australia Airlines

Bombardier Dash 8
Bombardier Dash 8
Q400 31 — 0 74 74[9] Operated by Sunstate Airlines

Fokker 100 17 — 0 100 100[10] Operated by Network Aviation

Total 82 1

All flights use QF IATA codes, and on 5 January 2009 both Eastern and Sunstate changed from their previous individual callsigns to the common Q-Link (pronounced "Cue-Link"). Expansion[edit] QantasLink
QantasLink
increased capacity by replacing many of its smaller Dash 8 Series 100 and Series 200 aircraft with Bombardier Dash 8
Bombardier Dash 8
Q400s. QantasLink
QantasLink
pursued this deal despite landing gear problems with Q400 aircraft by some airlines. This problem also saw a grounding of the Q400s by QantasLink, though all were deemed safe and returned to service. As part of its further expansion, QantasLink
QantasLink
entered the South Australian market in December 2005, with flights from Adelaide
Adelaide
to Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island. Interstate flights were also introduced between Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
and Melbourne. Due to low passenger loads, these services ceased operation at the end of June 2006, however QantasLink
QantasLink
announced a resumption of Melbourne
Melbourne
to Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
from December 2017 alongside opening up Adelaide
Adelaide
to Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
flights [11]. On 8 December 2009, QantasLink
QantasLink
announced that it would re-enter the Adelaide
Adelaide
to Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln
market from February 2010, using Q400 aircraft flying 23 return services a week.[12] Since 2005, QantasLink
QantasLink
717 services in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory have been contracted to Cobham Aviation (formerly National Jet Systems), using the QantasLink
QantasLink
brand. The hubs for QantasLink
QantasLink
under the Cobham contract are in Perth, Western Australia, Cairns, Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory. Qantas
Qantas
replaced its daily Melbourne-Launceston mainline service with a three times daily QantasLink
QantasLink
Dash 8 service from 1 August 2006. This has now been increased to a four times daily service, supplemented in peak service periods by QantasLink
QantasLink
717 services. In May 2008, QantasLink
QantasLink
announced that It would order nine 717's Tamworth would be the first New South Wales regional airport to be serviced by the Dash 8 Q400, commencing in mid-August 2008.[13] On 29 March 2010 QantasLink
QantasLink
and the Qantas
Qantas
Group announced that it would start the first international QantasLink
QantasLink
route, from Cairns
Cairns
to Port Moresby, utilising Q400 aircraft already based in Cairns. The service commenced in July 2010. A QantasLink
QantasLink
spokesperson stated that "the airline would not turn into a fully fledged international airline, but could operate international routes in the future".[14] On 18 December 2014, QantasLink
QantasLink
announced that it would add Whyalla, South Australia, to its network, with double daily flights to commence on 13 April 2015. The route is serviced by the 50-seat Q300.[15] In July 2015, Network Aviation
Network Aviation
was absorbed into the Qantas
Qantas
Link brand.[16] In November 2014, QantasLink
QantasLink
became the first airline to fly to the newly opened Toowoomba
Toowoomba
Wellcamp Airport establishing direct Q400 services to Sydney. In February 2016 as a result of strong demand, Qantaslink increased weekly services by two flights to fifteen weekly returns. [17] Alliance Airlines
Alliance Airlines
delivered the first of three additional Fokker 100s in July 2016, with two more to be delivered by the end of the year.[18] Former fleet[edit]

BAe 146-100 taking off from Perth Airport
Perth Airport
in 2003.

Dash 8-102 at Canberra Airport
Canberra Airport
in 2004.

QantasLink
QantasLink
previously operated the following types:

BAe 146-100 BAe 146-200 BAe 146-300 de Havilland Canada Dash 8-102

Destinations[edit]

QantasLink
QantasLink
destinations served by Eastern Australia Airlines

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra
Canberra
- Canberra
Canberra
Airport

New South Wales

Albury
Albury
- Albury
Albury
Airport Armidale - Armidale Airport Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour
- Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour
Airport Dubbo
Dubbo
- Dubbo
Dubbo
City Airport Lord Howe Island - Lord Howe Island Airport Moree - Moree Airport Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
- Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
Airport Sydney
Sydney
- Sydney Airport
Sydney Airport
Hub Tamworth - Tamworth Airport Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga
- Wagga Wagga
Wagga Wagga
Airport

Queensland

Brisbane
Brisbane
- Brisbane
Brisbane
Airport Toowoomba
Toowoomba
- Toowoomba
Toowoomba
Wellcamp Airport[19]

South Australia

Adelaide
Adelaide
- Adelaide Airport
Adelaide Airport
Hub Kingscote - Kingscote Airport Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln
- Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln
Airport Whyalla
Whyalla
- Whyalla
Whyalla
Airport

Tasmania

Devonport - Devonport Airport Launceston - Launceston Airport

Victoria

Melbourne
Melbourne
- Melbourne Airport
Melbourne Airport
Hub Mildura
Mildura
- Mildura
Mildura
Airport

QantasLink
QantasLink
destinations served by Sunstate Airlines

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra
Canberra
- Canberra
Canberra
Airport

New South Wales

Newcastle - Williamtown Airport Sydney
Sydney
- Sydney
Sydney
Airport

Queensland

Barcaldine - Barcaldine Airport Blackall - Blackall Airport Brisbane
Brisbane
- Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport
Hub Bundaberg
Bundaberg
- Bundaberg
Bundaberg
Airport Cairns
Cairns
- Cairns Airport
Cairns Airport
Hub Charleville - Charleville Airport Cloncurry - Cloncurry Airport Emerald - Emerald Airport Gladstone - Gladstone Airport Hamilton Island - Great Barrier Reef Airport Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay
- Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay
Airport Horn Island - Horn Island Airport Longreach - Longreach Airport Mackay - Mackay Airport Moranbah - Moranbah Airport Mount Isa
Mount Isa
- Mount Isa
Mount Isa
Airport Rockhampton
Rockhampton
- Rockhampton
Rockhampton
Airport Roma - Roma Airport Toowoomba
Toowoomba
- Toowoomba
Toowoomba
Wellcamp Airport Townsville
Townsville
- Townsville
Townsville
Airport Weipa - Weipa Airport

QantasLink
QantasLink
destinations served by Cobham Aviation
Cobham Aviation
Services Australia (National Jet)

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra
Canberra
- Canberra
Canberra
Airport

New South Wales

Sydney
Sydney
- Sydney
Sydney
Airport

Northern Territory

Alice Springs
Alice Springs
- Alice Springs
Alice Springs
Airport Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
- Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock
Airport Darwin - Darwin International Airport
Darwin International Airport
Hub

Queensland

Cairns
Cairns
- Cairns Airport
Cairns Airport
Hub Brisbane
Brisbane
- Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport
Hub Mackay - Mackay Airport Rockhampton
Rockhampton
- Rockhampton
Rockhampton
Airport Gladstone - Gladstone Airport Gold Coast - Gold Coast Airport Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay
- Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay
Airport Sunshine Coast - Sunshine Coast Airport

South Australia

Adelaide
Adelaide
- Adelaide
Adelaide
Airport

Victoria

Melbourne
Melbourne
- Melbourne
Melbourne
Airport

Western Australia

Broome - Broome International Airport Exmouth – RAAF Learmonth
RAAF Learmonth
for Exmouth Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie
- Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport Karratha - Karratha Airport Newman - Newman Airport Paraburdoo - Paraburdoo Airport Perth
Perth
- Perth Airport
Perth Airport
Hub Port Hedland - Port Hedland International Airport

Tasmania

Hobart Airport Launceston Airport

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

On 29 May 2003, Qantas
Qantas
Flight 1737, a domestic flight from Melbourne to Launceston, was subject to an attempted hijacking.

See also[edit]

Regional airline

Footnotes[edit]

Notes

1. ^ QantasLink
QantasLink
flights operated by Cobham Aviation
Cobham Aviation
Services Australia (National Jet) use the call-sign "QJET", with the ICAO code QJE. All flights continue to operate under the IATA code QF. 2. ^ QantasLink flights operated by Network Aviation
Network Aviation
do not use an ICAO code and utilise the aircraft registration as a callsign. References[edit]

^ "QANTAS Fact File" (PDF). Qantas. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.  ^ " Network Aviation
Network Aviation
becomes QantasLink
QantasLink
Australian Aviation". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.  ^ " QantasLink
QantasLink
to operate Airbus A320
Airbus A320
aircraft - Airline Hub Buzz - Airline news and Information". Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.  ^ CASA civil aircraft register search Archived 14 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine., using "Eastern Australia Airlines", "Network Aviation" and "Sunstate Airlines" as keyword search parameters; and "Boeing 717" as Aircraft Model search parameter. Search conducted 13 March 2017. Included in the results are five Eastern Australia DHC-8-300s operated on behalf of Jetstar
Jetstar
in New Zealand. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Boeing 717-200 12 Business 98 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Boeing 717-200 125 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Dash 8 Q200 36 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Dash 8 Q300 50 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Dash 8 Q400 74 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016.  ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Fokker 100
Fokker 100
100 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2001.  ^ " Qantas
Qantas
to offer direct flights to Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
in tourism boost". 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.  ^ "The Advertiser - Latest Adelaide
Adelaide
and South Australia News - The Advertiser". www.news.com.au. Archived from the original on 11 December 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2018.  ^ "Bigger is better: Qantas
Qantas
introduces 72 seater". Northern Daily Leader. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2018.  ^ Creedy, Steve (19 March 2010). " QantasLink
QantasLink
seeks openings for young fleet". The Australian.  ^ "QANTASLINK ADDS WHYALLA TO ITS MAP - Qantas
Qantas
News Room". www.qantasnewsroom.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.  ^ " Network Aviation
Network Aviation
becomes QantasLink
QantasLink
- Australian Aviation". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.  ^ " QantasLink
QantasLink
boosts Toowoomba
Toowoomba
service with two extra flights - Australian Aviation". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.  ^ "Alliance delivers Fokker 100
Fokker 100
to QantasLink". Austraian Aviation. 13 July 2016. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016.  ^ "AIRPORT TAKES FLIGHT WITH QANTAS DEAL". Qantas
Qantas
Airways Limited. 3 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2015. 

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