Qantas will base five Embraer E190 aircraft in Adelaide as part of its strategy to boost domestic flights in response to growing leisure and corporate travel demand. The decision will allow Qantas to launch a new Adelaide-Gold Coast service in time for the winter school holidays.
The E190s are 94-seat jets with a five-hour range that are being deployed on Qantas’ network as part of a three-year deal with Alliance Airlines. The three-year agreement would see as many as 14 of Alliance’s Embraer E190s fly for Qantas’ regional airline. Including the five E190s in Adelaide, the number of aircraft activated as part of the agreement is now eight.
The aircraft will be painted in QantasLink livery and will help Qantas to grow its domestic capacity to 107 per cent of pre-COVID levels in FY22.
“Basing these aircraft in Adelaide means we can service South Australia better and help bring more visitors to the State,” said Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Group. “The E190 is a great aircraft for the Adelaide market, with its size, range and economics opening up a number of new destinations that wouldn’t be viable with the larger 737 aircraft.”
From 25 June, South Australians will be able to fly direct to the Gold Coast with Qantas, with four return services per week, increasing to daily during school holiday peaks. A number of additional routes from Adelaide are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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