Qantas launches Canberra-Darwin, Adelaide-Gold Coast flights
QantasLink will launch non-stop flights between Canberra and Darwin next month, along with a new Adelaide-Gold Coast service.
Thanks to Embraer E190 jets leased from Alliance Airlines, flights between Darwin and the nation’s capital are the first to take off, taking off on June 21.
This followed soon after with the new Adelaide-Gold Coast route, which runs four times a week starting June 25.
These E190s will be painted in QantasLink colors and offer 10 seats in Business Class and 84 in Economy Class – but without WiFi or video streaming, passengers will want to bring their own device pre-loaded with entertainment.
Qantas had originally committed to lease three E190s from Alliance, with the move bringing that figure to eight: and with options for six more.
“The E190 is an excellent aircraft for the Adelaide market, with its size, range and economy opening up a number of new destinations that would not be viable with the larger 737 aircraft,” said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas group.
“We continue to see really positive signs of a sustained recovery, with strong travel demand and forward bookings expected to allow our domestic capacity to return above 100% pre-COVID levels in the coming months.
While all details of Alliance’s E190 cabin are kept under wraps, economy class passengers of the E190 will not have to struggle with a center seat, as the width of the aircraft only supports one. layout of 2-2 seats at most, compared to 3-3 of the Boeing 737.
Qantas owns just under 20% of Alliance Airlines, which in turn also flies on behalf of Virgin Australia to a range of regional destinations such as Gladstone and Port Macquarie.
More Qantas flights to Adelaide
Beyond these new Embraer E190 routes, Qantas is speeding up Adelaide flights operated by its other types of aircraft.
The Flying Kangaroo plans to offer an additional daily return flight between Adelaide and Sydney in the coming months, as well as an additional daily return flight between Adelaide and Melbourne: both operated by Boeing 737s.
From July 1, QantasLink is also boosting flights between Adelaide and Mount Gambier, from five to 12 return flights per week.
With daily double flights available almost every day, it will become possible for travelers to make a round trip on the same day, which will boost local business travel.
Qantas also plans to announce “a number of additional routes from Adelaide” in the coming weeks.
Earlier, the airline had confirmed plans to use the first three of its Alliance E190s from June on flights from Adelaide to Alice Springs, Adelaide to Darwin and Darwin to Alice Springs.
Fierce competition in the skies of South Australia
Adelaide is experiencing a sort of domestic travel boom, bolstered by additional flights to Australia’s wine country and improved airport amenities for travelers passing through Adelaide.
Earlier this year, Qantas rival Virgin Australia opened the first of its new domestic lounges, hosted at Adelaide Airport and offering passengers a variety of food and drink via table service, as well as seasonal wine tastings.
Adelaide Airport itself is also undergoing renovations, with a new international departures area now open, and work on its terminal expansion and wider facelift continues.
More generally, Rex recently launched flights between Adelaide and Melbourne, with economy fares starting at $ 69 one way.
Additionally, Rex operates lounges in both cities, serving its business class passengers and lounge members, as well as Priority Pass cardholders who can visit Rex lounges when traveling with any airline, including Qantas or Virgin Australia.
Earlier this week, Air New Zealand also celebrated its first commercial flight to Adelaide in more than a year, with non-quarantine travel and direct flights now connecting South Australia and New Zealand.
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