Australia’s largest regional airline, QantasLink, is set to upgrade five Boeing 717 aircraft to include Business Class and in-flight entertainment for all passengers.
QantasLink Executive Manager John Gissing said the additional five aircraft, which Qantas announced in January this year, will be in addition to the existing fleet of 13 B717 aircraft operating across Australia.
“QantasLink will introduce a full Business experience on these aircraft, including market-leading seats, premium food and drinks and exceptional onboard service,” says Gissing.
“We will also be providing individual in-flight entertainment for all customers – both Business and Economy – and are currently testing the latest technology.
“The continued investment in our fleet shows the commitment and confidence that we have in the Australian domestic market and regional Australia.”
Gissing says the airline would be progressively introducing the five aircraft into service later on in the year, once the interior improvements are complete.
“The first aircraft will be used on Sydney-Canberra, Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra, with the B717 aircraft size and configuration ideally suited to these routes,” he said.
Cobham, which currently operates QantasLink’s fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft, will operate the five additional aircraft.
QantasLink operates a network of 58 metropolitan and regional destinations across Australia, including Port Moresby.