Qantas Airlines to Use Smaller Planes

16th Apr 2015

According to a spokesperson for the Australian carrier Qantas, this company will use smaller aircraft on four out of thirteen services from Brisbane into Mount Isa. The aircraft that will be used are QantasLink Boeing 717s.

The spokesperson had this to say about the change:

"Qantas continues to operate 13 services per week into Mount Isa from Brisbane. Of those 13 services, nine are operated by Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft and from 10 April, four services per week are operated by QantasLink Boeing 717 aircraft."

The spokesperson continued:

"We wanted to ensure that we were able to maintain the frequency of services so that's why on some flights, we operate the Boeing 717 instead of the Boeing 737. It's about making sure that we have the right aircraft on the right route to meet demand and we're committed to serving Mount Isa and the wider region."

Many Questions Remained Unanswered

Asked whether Qantas will downsize in the foreseeable future and the reasons for such a move, the spokesperson declined to answer the question.

The reporters also could not get an answer whether the flight fares on the Brisbane-Mount Isa service will drop, seeing that smaller aircraft are now going to be used on it.

This apparently didn't bode well with the Deputy Mayor of Mount Isa, Brett Anderson, who criticized Qantas' decision to use a lesser service and still ask the customers to pay premium price.

He said:

"We're paying top dollar for the flights - give us the services we're paying for. With that length of flight, we need quality services."