QantasLink Airbus A220 takes off on commercial flight

QantasLink’s two new Airbus A220 aircraft are taking off for their first commercial flights, heralding a new era of domestic and regional travel for Australians.

The airline has taken delivery of the first two of 29 A220 jet aircraft, which will steadily replace its long-serving fleet of Boeing 717s as part of the Qantas Group’s domestic fleet renewal program.

The inaugural Melbourne to Canberra service, QF1266, departed 1.3.2024.. The A220 will also commence operating select flights on the Melbourne-Brisbane route.

With almost double the range of the 717s, the A220 can fly between any two points in Australia and to several offshore destinations, creating new route options in future.

The third A220 is currently in production at Airbus’ facility in Mirabel, Canada, and is due to be delivered in June. Another four A220s are scheduled to be delivered by mid-2025. As more aircraft are delivered, the A220 will be deployed across other existing routes including Melbourne-Hobart from July, Melbourne-Coffs Harbour from October and Melbourne-Launceston from November.

Key features of the A220 experience include:

Space for 137 passengers across two cabins, with 10 Business seats in a 2-2 configuration and 127 seats in Economy in a 2-3 configuration. An integrated personal device holder and USB A and C charging in both Economy and Business; additional wireless charging pad in Business.

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