May 20 2013  |  Inflight Entertainment

Cabin upgrades planned for QantasLink 717s

By Rick Lundstrom

QantasLink plans to initially use the upgraded 717s on flights to Canberra

QantasLink Executive Manager John Gissing said the additional five aircraft, which Qantas announced in January 2013, will join the airline’s existing fleet of 13 717 aircraft operating across Australia.

"QantasLink will introduce a full Business experience on these aircraft, including market-leading seats, premium food and drinks and exceptional onboard service," Gissing said.

QantasLink will bring the first of the five aircraft into service from late 2013, after the interior improvements are completed. The first upgraded 717s will be used on Sydney-Canberra, Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra.

Cobham Aviation Services Australia, which currently operates QantasLink’s fleet of Boeing 717 aircraft, will operate the five additional aircraft.

Some Qantas 737 aircraft will be redeployed to other parts of the Qantas domestic network.

QantasLink operates a network of 58 metropolitan and country destinations across Australia as well as to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

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