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B717 Fleet to increase to 20.

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B717 Fleet to increase to 20.

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SMARTER FLYING SEES QANTAS BACK TO SUNSHINE COAST
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PUBLISHED ON 22ND JULY 2015

Qantas today announced the return of the Flying Kangaroo between the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) and Sydney* as well as the launch of services between Melbourne and the Gold Coast* to give customers more premium travel options.

Qantas Domestic chief executive officer Andrew David said the network changes were part of the Qantas Group’s twice yearly schedule update.

“These new services help us meet the growing demand for premium leisure services between Sydney and Maroochydore and Melbourne and the Gold Coast,” Mr David said.
“We will introduce a new daily Boeing 737 service between Melbourne and the Gold Coast starting on 25 October.

“We’ll also start six services per week between Sydney and Maroochydore from 21 December with flying that will cater for leisure travellers over the summer holiday period, before a new schedule with more business-friendly times begins in February.

“The QantasLink flights between Sydney and Maroochydore will be operated by a two class Boeing 717, which offers Q-Streaming inflight entertainment in every seat via a passenger’s personal electronic device and complimentary iPads for all passengers.”

Mr David said operating both Qantas and Jetstar to popular Queensland tourism destinations showed the Group’s successful dual brand strategy in action.

“Offering both airlines on these routes means we can appeal to leisure travellers with Jetstar while Qantas caters for more premium leisure and business customers. Ultimately, it’s about giving people more choice,” he said.

Last month, Qantas began operating flights between Melbourne and Hamilton Island, which allowed Jetstar to come off the route and add services between Melbourne and the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine).
An additional daily frequency between Sydney and the Gold Coast and more flying from Hobart will start in February next year.

The extra flying has been made possible by the introduction of an additional two leased Boeing 717 aircraft from early 2016 taking the total B717 fleet to 20. It is also offset by a reduction in intra-WA flying in response to a slowdown in the mining sector, and a shift to smaller aircraft on other routes in line with passenger demand.

Fleet flexibility for increased flying has been provided by reducing the turnaround times of the B737 domestic fleet.

“The new schedule includes a number of 35 minute turns for our fleet of B737s, which builds on the success of a program we started last year to reduce the amount of time our aircraft spend on the ground. It gives us more flexibility to take advantage of opportunities when we see them,” Mr David said.

Special fares for the launch of the Sydney – Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) route will be on sale from 1300 AEST Wednesday 22 July until 23.59 Tuesday 28 July, unless sold out prior, and start at $89 one way in economy.
Sale fares for Melbourne – Gold Coast will be on sale from 1300 AEST Wednesday 22 July until 23:59 Tuesday 28 July, unless sold out prior, and start at $99 one way in economy.

Price based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY. Selected travel dates, and conditions apply. Flights between Sydney and Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) are subject to government and regulatory approval.

*subject to government/regulatory approval

New Routes
QF 1578 Sydney – Maroochydore
Daily 21 December 2015 – 30 January 2016
Flight timings vary by day
B717^

QF 1579 Maroochydore – Sydney
Daily
B717^

QF 880 Melbourne – Gold Coast
Daily Starts 25 October 2015Flight timings vary by day of week B737B737

QF 881 Gold Coast – Melbourne
Daily

QF 1579 Maroochydore – Sydney
Daily From 9 February 2016Departs: 0640 Arrives 0915
B717^

QF 1578 Sydney – Maroochydore
Daily From 8 February 2016Departs: 1740 Arrives 1815
B717^

Additional Frequencies Frequency Starts

Brisbane – Newcastle +4pw 25 October 2015

Sydney – Gold Coast +7pw First quarter of 2016


^The B717 fleet is currently operated by National Jet Systems Pty Ltd
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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 06:51
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The B717 fleet is currently operated by National Jet Systems Pty Ltd
That is an interesting choice of words..........
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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 08:11
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Interesting indeed, Qantas takeover maybe and Cobham crew get the flick or the takeover still takes place and the crew from Cobham still keep their jobs. Hopefully the latter.
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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 09:51
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If Qantas were to take over Cobham, would it really make any sense to get rid of perfectly qualified B717 drivers to then spend millions on training up more B717 drivers?
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Qantas takeover maybe and Cobham crew get the flick or the takeover still takes place and the crew from Cobham still keep their jobs.
Or Qantas take over and it all gets crewed through Sigma/Korr like what happened in Canberra with the engineers

Contract flighties, contract engineers - contract drivers are next.
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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 12:26
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Or , it might mean that the B717's are currently operated by National Jet Systems Pty Ltd.
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I think that's all it means.
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Mr David said operating both Qantas and Jetstar to popular Queensland tourism destinations showed the Group’s successful dual brand strategy in action.

“Offering both airlines on these routes means we can appeal to leisure travellers with Jetstar while Qantas caters for more premium leisure and business customers. Ultimately, it’s about giving people more choice,” he said.

So not about giving the QF group more profit then...

This has very suspicious similarities to the loco European models of Ryanair (where all 737 turns are 25 minutes)and Easyjet.
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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 15:43
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"The extra flying has been made possible by the introduction of an additional two leased Boeing 717 aircraft from early 2016 ....."
So, the mere anticipation of extra aircraft makes it all possible now.....what an amazing business!
717s are obviously the way to go then. They make dreams come true now
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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 18:21
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It seems like Cobham were the trials team, prove that the operation works then dump them and say what a great job Qantas are doing.
I am pleased I am out of this poisoned atmosphere that is all things Qantas.
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Old 23rd Jul 2015, 00:05
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I heard around the traps that 20 was the magic number for Qantas to take the B717 inhouse...
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I wonder where the 2 x new birds are coming from.....I thought all the 717s were spoken for?
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A charter company by the name of Blue 1 who are part of SAS overseas got rid of their 5 717'S and Delta took 3 of them, naturally they want the entire global fleet lol. The other two were being bid for by Qantas and Hawaiian.
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Did QF ever find the 2 F100's they were looking for (going to Network Aviation)? I haven't heard anymore about that, and am curious if this might be connected?
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The F100s are confirmed and coming in ex-Avianca. It seems the 717s coming in will be additional and in the 2-class config.
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Old 23rd Jul 2015, 07:51
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B717 Fleet to increase to 20.

And the silence fromCobham management is deafening!!!
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Old 23rd Jul 2015, 09:14
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Deafening
Maybe as far as the rank and file are concerned, but I imagine the heat is on the union representatives to give something away in order to woo QF.

As usual
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Old 23rd Jul 2015, 09:21
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I wouldn't stress too much.

Someone is going to have to fly the jets and 20 frames don't just crew themselves.

So whether it's cobham, network or even Qantas, there will be jobs.
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Old 23rd Jul 2015, 13:55
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The Blue 1 frames are relatively earlyish build B717's compared to the -YQx frames and the -NXx's.

Still good to see more frames added to the fleet, it's a step in the right direction.

What did ever happen to all those full-size iPads in the B767 fleet??
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Cobham, aka National Jet Systems P/L, has been the long-time operator of the B717 fleet in Australia on contract from QANTAS. It gives QF considerable flexibility in that the B717 can be used on routes too thin to support a B737 and if it all goes tits up they can pull out of those routes without the pain of having to decide what to do with the excess. I suspect also that the B717 drivers are on a thinner pay packet than the QF drivers which also assists the bottom line of both companies.

Hey Clarrie. Having moved south from those tropical routes you once stalked are you now looking to return there?
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