Qantas regional subsidiary Southern Australia has moved the maintenance operations for its three BAe 146s from Adelaide to a new hangar at Launceston airport, in Tasmania. National Jet Systems, who undertakes 146 maintenance under contract to Southern, has relocated 15 engineers to Launceston. The new facility will ease maintenance, since Southern uses its 146s heavily across the Bass Strait, which separates Tasmania from mainland Australia. “Launceston is the centre of our jet operation,” said Southern general manager Tony Mathews. “All our jets go through Launceston at some stage of the day so it fits in quite nicely with us.” Construction of the new hangar was financed by the Australian Pacific Airports Corporation, Launceston airport’s owner, with some State Government assistance. Rumors suggest that Qantas may soon re-brand its regional subsidiaries, including Southern.