Qantas has signed a deal with Alliance Airlines to boost its services in regional Australia.
The partnership will see Alliance’s E190 smaller jets replace Qantas’s Boeing 737s on various routes between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin to allow for a more frequent operating schedule.
“We know this current climate of snap border closures will pass and we want to be ready for the recovery and for what is a structurally different market to what we had pre-COVID,” QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said.
“The ability to switch on extra capacity with Alliance will help us make the most of opportunities in a highly competitive environment, and having the right aircraft on the right route helps us deliver the schedule and network that customers want.”
The flights will offer both economy and business-class options.
“The E190 is a perfect mid-size regional jet for routes like these ones in northern Australia. It has longer range than our 717s and it’s about half the size of our 737s, which means the economics work well on longer flights between cities and towns outside of the top five population centres,” Gissing said.
“Instead of one or two flights a day with a larger aircraft, we can offer three or four flights a day on the E190, which gives customers in these cities a lot more choice about when they travel.”