Regional Victoria is set to get another travel option boost with QantasLink set to fly between Bendigo Airport and Sydney from March next year.The announcement by Qantas and the state government is an exciting one as it helps service a growing area in Victoria that for many is a long distance from Sydney and vice versa when you factor in flying and driving.
Until now passengers from Sydney would have to fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport before making a two hour drive onward to Bendigo.
From March 31, 2019 QantasLink will operate flights six days a week with its 50-seat Q300 turboprop aircraft, with daily services operating during the peak summer season.
Flights from Bendigo depart between 6.30am – 9.10am, Monday – Saturday, whilst services from Sydney depart at 5.25pm and land in Bendigo at 7.25pm on weekdays and Sundays. Flights will take from an hour and 10 minutes to two hours.
QantasLink is currently offering special fares of $129 one-way between Bendigo and Sydney, for travel from March 31 to October 26, 2019. The sale ends 17 Dec 2018.
The first of Qantas’ newly upgraded Q300 turboprop aircraft took flight this week at QantasLink’s hangar facility at Tamworth Airport with the remaining fleet of 45 Bombardier (Q200, Q300 and Q400) aircraft to be upgraded by late 2019.
The fleet upgrade is part of a multi-million dollar commitment to providing regional passengers with a better overall travel experience.
Taking ten days to upgrade each, the improved turboprop experience includes new ergonomic seat cushioning, leather upholstery, tablet device holders, a refreshed colour palette of greys and charcoals and new floor coverings.
The first Q300 that’s been upgraded was repainted with the airline’s updated Kangaroo logo and named ‘Birdsville’.
Having flown the aircraft previously throughout regional Australia, I look forward to seeing the different in terms of the product comfort next time I fly on Qantaslink.
Qantas is set to undertake a large recruitment drive for new pilots. The airline will soon host a number of roadshows in April for job opportunities available within their Qantas Group of airlines (Qantas, Jetstar and Qantaslink).
There are limited spots available and those interested in registering need to possess the following attributes:
- Hold a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)
- Hold an Instrument Rating (IR) and;
- Currently working (or have recently worked) as a commercial pilot.
The roadshow will visit a number of cities and town centres over a period of two weeks. The list of locations include the following:
- Sydney 5 April 2018
- Brisbane 8 April 2018
- Launceston 8 April 2018
- Melbourne 9 April 2018
- Perth 9 April 2018
- Adelaide 10 April 2018
- Broome 10 April 2018
- Alice Springs 11 April 2018
- Kununurra 11 April 2018
- Cairns 12 April 2018
- Darwin 13 April 2018
To register your interest as a Qantas pilot visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qantas-group-pilot-roadshow-ti… or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Good luck to all those wanting to spread their pilot wings with an iconic airline such as Qantas.
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6 December 2017
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