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Regional Services Boost as QantasLink Increases Mining Operations

QantasLink has announced its plans to expand its services through regional Queensland by adding two additional B717 aircraft in Brisbane and launching a new Townsville to Moranbah service.

The airline’s executive manager Narendra Kumar announced that the two additional B717, 115 seater aircraft will commence service early next year from Brisbane.

The airline also plans to expand its network in October 2011, to include a new Townsville to Moranbah service, which will initially take off twice a week to provide customers connections to Cairns and between Far North Queensland and the Bowen Basin coal fields.

Celebrating the arrival of a new AUD$30 million, 74 seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, QantasLink is set to offer the following services from the 17 October 2011.

Moranbah services will increase with a new service departing Brisbane on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, also Emerald customers will have access to an additional 396 seats per week with new flights introduced for Wednesday and Saturdays. Customers flying between Cairns and Weipa will have new services on Tuesdays and Thursdays offering 16 return flights.

The airline will also increase capacity with a 50 seat Q300 aircraft on the Roma and Charleville service. Roma will be serviced by six return services weekdays and two return services on weekends.

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