Eastern Australia Airlines
|Frequent-flyer program||Qantas Frequent Flyer|
|Airport lounge||Qantas Club|
|Company slogan||Spirit of Australia|
|Parent company||Qantas Airways Pty Ltd|
Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd is an airline based on the grounds of Sydney Airport in Mascot, City of Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is a regional domestic airline serving sixteen destinations within Australia under the QantasLink banner; and since December 2015 six destinations in New Zealand, on behalf of Jetstar Airways. Its main base is Sydney Airport, with a hub at Melbourne Airport.
The airline was established and started operations in 1949. It began in Tamworth as a one-aircraft, one-pilot operation, known as Tamworth Air Taxi Service (soon after to be shortened to Tamair), serving farming communities in New South Wales and Queensland. After 36 years of expansion and amalgamation with several smaller commuter operators, the current name was adopted in 1987. Australian Airlines purchased 26% of Eastern Australian Airlines from East-West Airlines in 1988, and the airline became a wholly owned subsidiary in 1991. Qantas purchased Australian Airlines in 1992.
In 2002, Qantas merged its Mildura-based subsidiary Southern Australia Airlines with Eastern, the resulting operation using the Eastern name.
In August 2008 it was announced that Eastern Australia would shortly commence operating 72-seat Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft on services to regional centres in New South Wales, supplementing services with smaller 50-seat Dash 8s and allowing the removal of 36-seat Dash 8s from service on some routes altogether with the retirement of all 100 series Dash 8s.
Eastern Australia Airlines operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations. In December 2015 Eastern Australian Airlines began regional domestic services within New Zealand under the Jetstar brand.
- From Sydney
- Albury, New South Wales
- Armidale, New South Wales
- Toowoomba (Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport)
- Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
- Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
- Dubbo, New South Wales
- Lord Howe Island
- Moree, New South Wales
- Port Macquarie, New South Wales
- Tamworth, New South Wales
- Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
- From Melbourne
- From Adelaide
- From Port Macquarie
- From Auckland
- From Wellington
As of February 2016 the Eastern Australia Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|de Havilland Canada DHC-8-200||3|
|Bombardier DHC-8 Q300||16||Five operated in New Zealand on behalf of Jetstar Airways; three more to be transferred in 2016|
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- Qantas online schedule. Accessed 16 December 2009.
- "Our Fleet" - Jetstar Airways retrieved 23 February 2016
- Qantas expects first A320neo delivery end of calendar 2017
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