National Jet Systems (NJS) has been selected by Qantas to operate the Boeing 717s it is to transfer to its QantasLink operation. The 717s, currently operated by Qantas’ low-cost subsidiary JetStar, will replace the BAe 146s that NJS is currently operating on QantasLink services. NJS competed with JetStar for the contract. NJS pilots offered pay and other concessions to help win the contract. NJS will start receiving the eight Boeing 717s beginning in July 2005, gradually replacing the 146s on routes in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland. However, two 146s will remain until at least December 2006. NJS will also continue to operate several 146s on its own account, as well as three 146 freighters on behalf of Australian Air Express.