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QantasLink’s New Airbus A220 Takes First Flight

Today marks the debut of QantasLink‘s Airbus A220 aircraft with their first commercial flights, signaling a significant shift in Australian domestic and regional aviation.

QantasLink A220

Qantas has begun integrating the first two A220s out of an anticipated 29 into their fleet. These new aircraft will replace the older Boeing 717 planes as part of Qantas’ domestic fleet renewal strategy.

The A220 took off on its inaugural flight, QF1266, from Melbourne to Canberra. It will also service select Melbourne-Brisbane routes.

First QantasLink A220 QF1266 Takes Off
First QantasLink A220 QF1266 Lands In Canberra

The A220 aircraft outperforms earlier models in fuel efficiency. It boasts a contemporary cabin with large windows, spacious overhead lockers, and specially designed seats for enhanced passenger comfort. This new aircraft has nearly twice the range of the 717s. It can cover any two points within Australia and various international locations, potentially opening up new route possibilities.

QantasLink CEO Rachel Yangoyan said the A220 would change how people traveled around Australia.

“These next-generation aircraft are going to make a real difference for customers traveling across our network, so it’s great to see it launch commercial flights from today,” Yangoyan said. “The A220 is more comfortable, offering a greater sense of space and fast and free Wi-Fi for every customer. The aircraft are also quieter and generate up to 25 percent fewer carbon emissions, which is critical as we work towards our net zero targets.”

Qantas’ Customers Anticipating A220 Flights

Australians have been looking forward to the launch of the new plane. “We know many of our customers have been waiting for the opportunity to travel on the new aircraft, just as our QantasLink teams have been looking forward to flying them,” Yangoyan added. “We saw a spike in bookings on these routes when we identified them as the first A220 flights last week. It was a great response from many customers who clearly wanted to be among the first to experience our new A220.”

  • 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.
  • The largest windows of any single-aisle aircraft and a cabin with a greater sense of space.
  • Fast, free Wi-Fi, allowing customers to stay connected, and the improved Qantas Entertainment App for streaming content to their devices.
  • An integrated personal device holder and USB A and C charging in both Economy and Business; additional wireless charging pad in Business.
  • More comfortable Economy seat with extra padding compared with the 717.
  • Around 20 percent more overhead locker space for all customers.
  • Reduction in noise footprint of up to 50 percent and reduction in carbon emissions of 25 percent.

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

Qantas Flying Art Series A220 Fact Sheet


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