Qantas shuffles BAe 146 services


Qantas is shuffling its QantasLink regional services, partly in response to the collapse of rival Ansett. Airlink will re-deploy the BAe 146s it is operating from Canberra to Perth, where they will operate on West Australia regional routes previously operated by Ansett. This move will concentrate Airlink’s flights, which are operated by National Jet Systems, in Western Australia. Airlink’s routes from Canberra will be taken over by Southern Australia, who will move their three BAe 146s from Launceston, in Tasmania. In turn, Southern’s routes to Tasmania are to be taken over by Impulse using Boeing 717s. All the moves are scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

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