The Qantas Group has announced that Jetstar would replace Qantas mainline operations between Sydney and Townsville from 29 October 2006. Qantas Executive General Manager John Borghetti said the Group currently offered three Qantas B737 flights and three Jetstar A320 flights each week on the route. He said that from 29 October, Jetstar would operate a total of five 177-seat A320 services a week for the Qantas Group. Mr Borghetti said the move to all-Jetstar services between Sydney and Townsville was in line with the Qantas Group’s two-brand strategy. “Sydney-Townsville is predominantly a leisure route, so Jetstar is the most appropriate carrier for these services,” Mr Borghetti said. He said that with 112 return flights a week into Townsville, the Qantas Group was by far the biggest operator in the market. “Qantas will maintain its 34 return services a week between Brisbane and Townsville, with QantasLink continuing to operate its current schedule of services between Townsville and Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Gladstone.”
Qantas has also been nominated this year for a
World Travel Award as Australasia’s Leading Airline.