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QantasLink Invests in Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour, 05 May 2010

QantasLink celebrated a double event in Coffs Harbour today, with the airline officially opening the QantasLink Regional Lounge at Coffs Harbour Airport and naming a Q400 aircraft after the city.

QantasLink Executive Manager, Mr Narendra Kumar, said the airline had chosen to invest in Coffs Harbour, ahead of other regional NSW ports, because of the city’s importance to the airline’s network.

“Coffs Harbour was one of the first ports to experience our new Q400 aircraft in 2008, and we have recently expanded our Q400 schedule on the Coffs Harbour-Sydney route by adding an additional five return services each week, resulting in all 33 services on the route being operated by the Q400 aircraft,“ he said.

In naming a Q400 aircraft Coffs Harbour, Mr Kumar said the premium jet-like 74-seat Q400 aircraft was essentially a $30 million investment in the City of Coffs Harbour.

“The aircraft will travel throughout the QantasLink network in Australia, promoting the City of Coffs Harbour,” he said.

Mr Kumar also said QantasLink has continued its investment in Coffs Harbour by opening the first NSW Regional Lounge, located next to the Qantas check-in counters at Coffs Harbour Airport.

“We announced in February that we had commenced construction on this new lounge, and today, we are here to officially open this new premium regional facility,” he said.

“We are delighted to be able to provide business travellers, in particular, with significantly improved facilities when travelling between Coffs Harbour and Sydney.”

The new lounge will reflect a style similar to Qantas Clubs throughout Australia and will offer our Platinum and Gold Frequent Flyers and Qantas Club members a range of services including:
- complimentary wireless internet
- plasma television with Austar channel facility; and
- a selection of premium refreshments including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The QantasLink Coffs Harbour Regional Lounge joins lounges already in operation in Broome, Devonport, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Mackay, Port Hedland and Rockhampton.

QantasLink has invested over $600 million in 21 new Q400 aircraft since 2006. These operate alongside the airline’s fleet of five Q200, 16 Q300 and 11 B717 aircraft, currently providing around 1900 flights each week to 54 metropolitan and regional destinations throughout Australia.

QantasLink has been flying to Coffs Harbour since 1992.

Issued by Qantas Corporate Communication (4067)
Email: qantasmedia@qantas.com.au