QantasLink debuts new Airbus A220 aircraft on Australian routes


QantasLink, the regional subsidiary of Qantas Airways, has launched its first two Airbus A220 aircraft into commercial service on Friday, March 1st, 2024.

These fuel-efficient jets will steadily replace the airline’s aging Boeing 717 fleet as part of a broader fleet renewal program.

The inaugural A220 flight, QF-1266, departed Melbourne for Canberra this morning. The aircraft will also operate select flights on the Melbourne-Brisbane route.

QantasLink CEO Rachel Yangoyan stated that the A220 represents a positive change for the airline’s network:

These next-generation aircraft are going to make a real difference for customers travelling across our network so it’s great to see it launch commercial flights from today.

According to Qantas, the A220’s modern cabin offers passengers increased comfort, including wider seats, a greater sense of space, larger windows, and fast, free Wi-Fi.

The aircraft is also significantly quieter and more fuel-efficient than the 717, producing up to 25% fewer carbon emissions.

Moreover, the A220 has nearly double the range of the Boeing 717, potentially opening up new route options for the airline.

QantasLink expects its third A220 to arrive in June, with an additional four aircraft scheduled for delivery by mid-2025.

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