QantasLink

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QantasLink
QantasLink logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
QF QLK/QJE/NWK Q-LINK/Q-JET/NET-LINK
Founded2002
Operating basesAdelaide Airport
Brisbane Airport
Cairns Airport
Hobart Airport
Melbourne Airport
Perth Airport
Sydney Airport
Frequent-flyer programQantas Frequent Flyer
AllianceOneworld (Affiliate)
Fleet size84
Destinations54
Parent companyQantas
HeadquartersSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Websitewww.qantaslink.com.au

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

History[edit]

Prior to 2002, Qantas' various subsidiaries operated under their own names, eventually adopting the Australian Airlines, and later, Qantas liveries. In 2002 a common brand was created, encompassing AirLink (a franchise, operated by National Jet Systems (now part of Cobham Aviation Services Australia)), Sunstate Airlines, Eastern Australia Airlines, and Southern Australia Airlines; Southern Australia has since ceased operations.

For a short while, QantasLink took over some of Qantas' non-trunk routes, such as Sydney - Sunshine Coast, using Boeing 717s that were inherited after Qantas acquired Impulse Airlines. QantasLink ceased operating some of these routes after Qantas formed low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways, transferring the Boeing 717 aircraft and routes to the new airline. In 2005/06, eight of the 717s were returned to QantasLink following Jetstar's acquisition of Airbus A320 aircraft, to be operated in Western Australia, Northern Territory and far north Queensland by National Jet Systems.

On 31 July 2015 Network Aviation was rebranded to QantasLink. This was announced by Qantas with the unveiling of a Fokker 100 in QantasLink colours.[2]

In January 2018, Network Aviation confirmed it would lease two Airbus A320s from Jetstar Airways for flights to and from Perth as part of the QantasLink brand.[3]

Fleet[edit]

Boeing 717-200 in the former livery taking off from Perth Airport
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in the former livery taking off from Sydney Airport
Fokker 100 in the current livery taxiing at Wagga Wagga Airport
Bombardier Q300 in current livery at Wagga Wagga Airport

QantasLink flights are operated by the individual airlines that make up the group - Eastern Australia Airlines, Network Aviation and Sunstate Airlines; and also contracted carrier National Jet Systems. As of May 2019 the QantasLink fleet consists of the following aircraft:[4]

QantasLink fleet

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y
Total
Airbus A320-200 2 0 180 180 Operated by Network Aviation
Boeing 717-200 20 12 98 110[5] Operated by National Jet Systems
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 Q300 11 0 50 50[8] Operated by Eastern Australia Airlines.
Another five Eastern Australia Q300s operated in New Zealand on behalf of Jetstar Airways[9]
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 31 0 74 74[10] Operated by Sunstate Airlines
Fokker 100 17 0 105 105[11] Operated by Network Aviation
Total 84 0

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 increased capacity by replacing many of its smaller Bombardier Dash 8 Series 100 and Series 200 aircraft with Q400s. 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 entered the South Australian market in December 2005, with flights from Adelaide to Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island. Interstate flights were also introduced between Kangaroo Island and Melbourne. Due to low passenger loads, these services ceased operation at the end of June 2006, however QantasLink announced a resumption of Melbourne to Kangaroo Island from December 2017 alongside opening up Adelaide to Kangaroo Island flights [12]. On 8 December 2009, QantasLink announced that it would re-enter the Adelaide to Port Lincoln market from February 2010, using Q400 aircraft flying 23 return services a week.[13]

Since 2005, QantasLink 717 services in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmania have been contracted to Cobham Aviation (formerly National Jet Systems), using the QantasLink brand. The hubs for QantasLink under the Cobham contract are in Perth, Western Australia, Cairns, Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Sydney, New South Wales, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory and Hobart, Tasmania.

Qantas replaced its daily Melbourne-Launceston mainline service with a three times daily 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 717 services.

In May 2008, QantasLink announced that it would order nine 717s. Tamworth would be the first New South Wales regional airport to be serviced by the Dash 8 Q400, commencing in mid-August 2008.[14]

On 29 March 2010 QantasLink and the Qantas Group announced that it would start the first international QantasLink route, from Cairns to Port Moresby, utilising Q400 aircraft already based in Cairns. The service commenced in July 2010. A QantasLink spokesperson stated that "the airline would not turn into a fully fledged international airline, but could operate international routes in the future".[15]

On 18 December 2014, 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.[16] In July 2015, Network Aviation was absorbed into the Qantas Link brand.[17] In November 2014, QantasLink became the first airline to fly to the newly opened 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. [18]

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.[19]

Former fleet[edit]

British Aerospace 146-100 taking off from Perth Airport in 2003.

QantasLink previously operated the following types:

Destinations[edit]

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

Incidents[edit]

  • On 29 May 2003, Qantas Flight 1737, a domestic flight from Melbourne to Launceston operated by a QantasLink Boeing 717 registered VH-NXN, was subject to an attempted hijacking.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

Notes

1. ^ QantasLink flights operated by National Jet Systems (Cobham Aviation Services Australia) 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 do not use an ICAO code and utilise the aircraft registration as a callsign.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "QANTAS Fact File" (PDF). Qantas. September 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Network Aviation becomes QantasLink | Australian Aviation". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "QantasLink to operate Airbus A320 aircraft". Airline Hub Buzz. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ CASA civil aircraft register search, using "Eastern Australia Airlines", "Network Aviation" and "Sunstate Airlines" as keyword search parameters; and "717-200" as Aircraft Model search parameter. Search conducted 9 May 2019. Included in the results are five Eastern Australia DHC-8-300s operated on behalf of Jetstar in New Zealand.
  5. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Boeing 717-200 12 Business 98 Economy" (PDF). Qantas. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Boeing 717-200 125 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Dash 8 Q200 36 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Dash 8 Q300 50 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Our Fleet" - Jetstar Airways retrieved 23 February 2016
  10. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Dash 8 Q400 74 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Qantaslink Seat Map Fokker 100 100 Economy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 November 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2001. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Qantas to offer direct flights to Kangaroo Island in tourism boost". 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "The Advertiser - Latest Adelaide and South Australia News - The Advertiser". www.news.com.au. Archived from the original on 11 December 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Bigger is better: Qantas introduces 72 seater". Northern Daily Leader. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  15. ^ Creedy, Steve (19 March 2010). "QantasLink seeks openings for young fleet". The Australian.
  16. ^ "QANTASLINK ADDS WHYALLA TO ITS MAP". www.qantasnewsroom.com.au (Press release). Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. ^ "Network Aviation becomes QantasLink". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ "QantasLink boosts Toowoomba service with two extra flights - Australian Aviation". australianaviation.com.au. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "Alliance delivers Fokker 100 to QantasLink". Austraian Aviation. 13 July 2016. Archived from the original on 14 July 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  20. ^ "AIRPORT TAKES FLIGHT WITH QANTAS DEAL" (Press release). Qantas Airways Limited. 3 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ "New Qantas service to fly from Bendigo to Sydney six days a week". Bendigo Advertiser. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2019.

External links[edit]

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